James Willstrop denied by Nick Matthew in Tournament of Champions epic

Despite another fine performance following a return from illness at the end of 2017, James Willstrop was denied by long-term rival Nic Matthew 11-8 8-11 11-8 11-6 in the second round of the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions being staged inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

2012 winner Nick Matthew got the better of his rival in 86 minutes to avenge his defeat to Willstrop at the same stage of last year’s tournament.
 
The duo have contested one of the sport’s most captivating rivalries ever, but it was a rivalry dominated by Matthew between 2007-2017 as he struck up 19 consecutive wins against his compatriot until a momentous win for Willstrop in New York last January - but Matthew got his revenge yesterday after prevailing in a high-quality four-game encounter.
 
"I was relieved to get over the line there and progress in this great tournament," said Matthew.
 
"I read before the match that this was the 60th time [including 36 PSA World Tour meetings] that James and I have played and that’s an absolutely incredible statistic.
 
"No matter whether it’s the first time or 60th time, James is an incredible player and hopefully there will be one or two more chapters left yet."
 
Glass court fixtures inside Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 
Results - Second Round (Top Half): 2018 Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (33m)
[6] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 (68m)
Simon Rösner (GER) bt [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-8, 4-11, 15-13, 12-10 (76m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 3-11, 11-9 (71m)
 
Draw - Men’s Second Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played January 21st
[3] Ali Farag (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL0
Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [8] Paul Coll (NZL)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [2] Mohamed ElShobagy (EGY)
Draw - Men’s Quarter-Finals (Top Half): To Be Played January 22nd
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [6] Nick Matthew (ENG)
Simon Rösner (GER) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
 
Results - First Round (Top Half): 2018 Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (29m)
[Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 15-13, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9 (58m)
[13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8 (39m)
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [WC] Marina Stefanoni (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (23m)
[10] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 3-1 ret. (8m)
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [14] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-1: 12-10, 12-14, 11-3, 11-2 (42m)
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8 (65m)
 
Draw - First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played January 21st
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) v [Q] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) v [11] Annie Au (HKG)
[9] Joelle King (NZL) v [Q] Heba El Torky (EGY)
[Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) v [6] Nicol David (MAS)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
[Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [12] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[15] Tesni Evans (WAL) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
[Q] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
 
Draw - Second Round: (Top Half): To Be Played January 22nd
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [10] Alison Waters (ENG)
Victoria Lust (ENG) v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG)
 
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