Benz-Bavarian Duffield star Nick Matthew insists he leaves Glasgow overjoyed with his two weeks’ work, although defeat in squash’s men’s doubles final on Sunday has left him hungrier to add even more gold medals to his collection.
The 34-year-old, and men’s doubles partner Adrian Grant, were denied the final gold on offer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games by Australian duo David Palmer and Cameron Pilley.
Despite winning a tight opening game 11-10, the English pair lost the second 11-7 and two magical forehand winners from Pilley were enough to hand the Aussies the final game 11-9.
As Matthew’s third Games draw to a close he can reflect on having added two more medals – singles gold to go with doubles silver – to his Commonwealth collection for four in total.
And having found himself lying on a hospital bed five weeks before these Games got underway, Matthew insists his achievements in Glasgow taste that little bit sweeter.
“I’m happy with my work. I was on a hospital bed five weeks ago and had minimal court time but I have played every day of action here,” he said.
“I would have signed for what I have achieved beforehand; we both wouldn’t have achieved what we have done if we weren’t disappointed by this loss.
“I thought the good start was going to carry us through but you can second-guess every shot in doubles. In singles there is a planning structure where if something goes wrong it is easier to correct but in doubles there are so many variables and it is such a momentum game. We did ourselves proud, we put out game plan into practice but they pulled off two great shots to win.”
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