Nick Matthew moved into the last eight of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions with a cool straight-games victory over Karim Abdel Gawad in New York today.
The 35-year-old Englishman established a strong advantage early on in the first game playing at a pace and style not normally associated with his trademark physical and attritional approach and he continued to enjoy the better of the exchanged during the second game although Gawad was left to rue a few missed opportunities that could have swung momentum in his favour and altered the path of the match.
But the young Egyptian was left deflated early on in the third when an innocuous looking movement seemed to cause him difficulty. While he saw the game out his play was hindered and it was a routine victory in the end for the Wolf.
“It’s never nice to win a match against an opponent when they’re injured but I had to be focused and keep my concentration because even though I could see he was struggling he’s the kind of player who can just reel off four of five points quickly,” said Matthew.
“It was a close match up until then and the second game especially really opened my lungs up and I think that will serve to help me for the remainder of the tournament.”
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (48m)