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Nick Matthew beats Zahed Mohamed at Grasshopper Cup

Nick Matthew beats Zahed Mohamed at Grasshopper Cup
The 36-year-old World No.4 was imperious in the opening two games as he bossed the play, commanding the centre of the court and making Mohamed do all the hard yards. To his credit the young Egyptian came back strong in the third and matched Matthew, trading points with 'The Wolf' all the way to a tense tie-break, but Matthew's class told as he squeezed the errors to secure the match in three.

"To have a crowd like this in the first round is a real pleasure - hopefully they had a great time. It's like a crowd we get a finals at some tournaments so it's great to be here," said Matthew.

"There was a quick turnaround after the European Teams so I wasn't sure how I would I would be coming in. These guys all keep getting better and I'm trying my best to stay up there. I can't take any of them for granted, the first rounds are so tough now days."

Matthew will play Omar Mosaad in the quarter-finals of the Professional Squash Association M100 World Tour event.

First Round (Top Half): 2017 Grasshopper Cup
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [WC] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-2: 11-8, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4 (54m)
[5] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (46m)
[8] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 13-11, 11-9 (41m)
[4] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 15-13 (53m)

Draw - First Round (Bottom Half)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Daryl Selby (ENG)
Paul Coll (NZL) v [6] Simon Rösner (GER)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

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