Three time British Open Champion Nick Matthew defeated Spanish No.1 Borja Golan 11-9 11-6 11-3 in the 1st round of the Allam British Open Squash Championships being staged at the Airco Arena In Hull.
As the oldest man in the competition Matthew could be forgiven for taking his foot off the gas, but the 36-year-old set down an early marker at this year's championships to defeat in-form Borja Golan in straight games and show he still has the appetite to win major titles.
Last time the duo met, back in 2016, Matthew had to summon up a Herculean effort to come from 0-2 down to see off Golan and with the Spaniard in some of his best form of late – reaching the Windy City Open semi-finals – today's meeting had all the ingredients to be an all-time classic.
But Matthew came out of the blocks with the bit between his teeth and came through a tight first game 11-9. With that first game in the bag the World No.4 went from strength-to-strength, managing to step up the court and dictate the play to run through a deserved winner
“Last time I played him I was 0-2 down and won in five so I knew I couldn't let him settle,” said Matthew.
“But it is the first match of an event so I had to settle myself at the same time – that first game went a long way towards helping me do that and the longer the match went on the more I felt I was able to impose myself on the play.
“I learnt a lot from playing him last time and had those notes on hand today so I'm pleased to come through in three.”
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (49m)
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