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'The Wolf' Hungry for Another Canary Wharf Title

Nick Matthew leads the English charge at the spectacular East Wintergarden venue for the Canary Wharf Squash Classic this year...

Nick Matthew leads the English charge at the spectacular East Wintergarden venue for the Canary Wharf Squash Classic this year.

The Yorkshireman, at 33 years of age, is in some of, if not the best form of his career. He currently sits at number one in the world following a thrilling five-game victory against Ramy Ashour in the final of the Swedish Open in February, and various successes last year, including his third World Championship in Manchester, the Hong Kong Open and helping England to the World Teams Championships.

He is also enjoying life off the court, having recently announced that he and his new wife Esme are expecting.

'The Wolf' will begin his quest for his fourth Canary Wharf title on Monday against Scottish wild card Alan Clyne, and if he progresses will face the winner of a tasty all-Egyptian tie between World No. 13 and seventh seed Omar Mossad and World No. 16 Karim Abdel Gawad.

Matthew told Squash Site: "I really love the vibe at Canary Wharf it's one of, if not the best atmosphere on tour. I was struggling around that time last year so I'm excited to try and put on a better show this year."

Most likely to prevent Matthew taking the title is fierce rival and fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop, four-time champion at Canary Wharf.

"It's an electric venue and an electric tournament. It's an absolute pleasure to play it and I just really look forward to it," he told The Metro.

Willstrop faces a potentially tricky tie against Daryl Selby, also in some of the best form of his career at World No. 10 (career high number 9), if both Englishmen beat qualifiers in the first round.

The game would be be a repeat of the same game last year - a close 3-0 for Willstrop.

Also on that side of the draw, Selby's good friend Peter Barker, who beat Nick Matthew in a thrilling semi-final last year, has one of the most difficult first round draws of the seeds in the form of World No. 18 Saurav Ghosal. If sees off the Indian's challenge, he is likely to play German 'Tree Chopper' Simon Rosner in the second round.

In the other games, Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez - who thrilled the crowds last year with his reckless disregard for his body, performing many full-length - will play Adrian Grant, who makes the short hop over the river from Greenwich.

They play for the right to challenge the 'Dark Prince', Egyptian Karim Darwish, if, like Rosner, he beats a qualifier in the first round.

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