England’s Nick Matthew won a record breaking fifth Canary Wharf Classic championship, and his third consecutive PSA World Tour title, courtesy of a commanding 3-0 win over German Simon Rösner in the final of the 2015 edition of London’s premier squash tournament.
In front of a capacity crowd at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden the 34-year-old from Sheffield proved too strong for the World No.9 from Paderborn, utilising his immense stamina and strength to deny Rösner any hopes of success as he powered his way to an 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 triumph to become the first man since Ramy Ashour in 2013 to win three tournaments on the bounce – adding the Canary Wharf Classic to the Swedish Open and Windy City Open titles he won inside the past month.
“It’s just amazing to win this title for a fifth time and I’m going to enjoy it tonight,” said Matthew.
“This is one of the best venues and events on the tour. It’s been sold out all week and the atmosphere has been amazing and it’s tournaments and places like that where you really want to be playing your squash.”
Competing in one of the biggest matches of his life Rösner, the highest ranked German player of all time, looked overwhelmed in the early exchanges and quickly found himself one-game down after just 12-minute courtesy of some uncharacteristic errors.
But he responded impressively in the second game, shaking off any nerves to play his part in what was an intense final, but he couldn’t find the killer blow as Matthew came out on top in a series of punishing rallies during the key exchanges.
“I’m really pleased with how I played this week and tonight but I just lost out to the better player on the night,” said Rösner.
Matthew added: “I tried to make it really hard for him and I’m building up notes on him because he’s improving a lot and I’m sure we’re going to have a few more finals on tour over the next few years.”
Result – Canary Wharf Classic 2015 Final:
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (55m)