After a promising junior career - in which he represented England in both the European and World Team Championships and was runner-up in the 1998 European Junior Open and winner of the 1999 British Junior Open - Nick Matthew exploded into the senior ranks in 2003 with a string of remarkable successes on the PSA Tour which saw him leap to a career-high No5 in the Dunlop PSA World Rankings in October 2004.
Born and raised in Sheffield in Yorkshire, Matthew enjoyed an excellent run in 2003 - reaching the quarter-finals of both the English Open (in his home town) and US Open as a qualifier - thereafter making his senior England debut in the World Team Championships in Austria - where he was unbeaten as England secured a bronze medal finish.
The best was yet to come, however, as Nick claimed two of the biggest scalps of his career in the Qatar Classic, beating fifth seed Jonathon Power and third seed David Palmer to reach the semi-finals of the Super Series event.
He pulled off two sensational victories in the 2004 Bermuda Open - firstly despatching top seed Thierry Lincou then defeating Egypt's world champion Amr Shabana to reach the semi-finals.
In April 2004, Nick claimed his first PSA Tour title for almost two years when he upset second seed Greg Gaultier in the final of the Windy City Open in Chicago - then the following month, in his first appearance in the Super Series Finals in London, he trounced two former world number ones Peter Nicol and Jonathon Power on consecutive nights to reach the semi-finals - eventually taking fourth place after losing to another former world No1 John White in the play-off for third place.
Matthew celebrated his first appearance in a Super Series event final in September '04 when he engineered a major semi-final upset over David Palmer took him through to the final of the Hong Kong Open. This time Lincou was too strong, winning in straight games.
His most satisfying run in 2005 came at the English Open in his hometown of Sheffield. Seeded five, Matthew pulled off his first career win over England team-mate Lee Beachill, the event's top seed, and went on to topple another England colleague James Willstrop, the third seed, in the semi-final. In the final he faced Peter Nicol, his third England team-mate, eventually going down in a close-fought 54-minute battle.
Matthew reached the quarter-final stage of three events on the 2005 Super Series Tour and the semi-finals of the Saudi International event in Al-Khobar in December, finishing 9th in the 2005 Super Series Tour standings.
2006 has started well for the 25-year-old. In February he became British National Champion for the first time, defeating three-time Champion Lee Beachill in an enthralling 105 minute final at the National Squash Centre. A few weeks later he finished runner-up at the Tournament of Champions in New York, depatching Jonathon Power and Gregory Gaultier en route to the final, which he lost to Egypt's Amr Shabana. At that same tournament, Power announced his retirement from the sport, thereby opening the door for Matthew to take his place in this year's line-up at Broadgate.
Jan 06 Quarter-finalist Windy City USA
Apr 05 Finalist Mamut English Open ENG
Sep-04 Semi-finalist US Open USA
Nov 05 Semi-finalist Saudi International SAU
Jul 05 Quarter-finalist Pakistan Open ENG
Apr 05 Quarter-finalist Bermuda Masters BER
Feb 05 Quarter-finalist *Tournament of
Jan 05 1st round Windy City Open USA
Dec 04 Semi-finalist *Pakistan Open PAK
Dec 04 1st round *World Open QAT
Nov 04 1st round Canadian Classic CAN
Nov 04 Quarter-finalist British Open ENG
Oct 04 Quarter-finalist Hungarian Open HUN
Sep 04 Quarter-finalist US Open USA
Sep 04 Runner-up *Hong Kong Open HKG
Aug 04 Quarter-finalist English Open ENG
May 04 4th place *Super Series Finals ENG
Apr 04 1st round *PSA Masters QAT
Apr 04 Winner Windy City Open USA
Mar 04 Semi-finalist Bermuda Open BER
Feb 04 Quarter-finalist Tournament of Champions USA
Feb 04 Runner-up Swedish Open SWE
Dec 03 Quarter-finalist *World Open PAK
Dec 03 Semi-finalist *Qatar Classic QAT
Nov 03 Runner-up Financially Plumb Open USA
Oct 03 (England No4) Menís World Team Championships AUT
Sep 03 Quarter-finalist US Open USA
Aug 03 Quarter-finalist Prince English Open ENG
Mar 03 Quarter-finalist Windy City Open USA
Dec 02 Runner-up Dutch Open NED
Oct 02 Runner-up CAS International PAK
Sep 02 Quarter-finalist Motor City Open USA
Sep 02 Runner-up French Open FRA
Mar 02 Runner-up Milo Open MAS
Sep 01 Semi-finalist Ciutat de Barcelona ESP
May 01 Winner Atlanta Open USA
May 01 Quarter-finalist Italian Open ITA
Apr 01 Winner Milo Open MAS
Oct 00 Quarter-finalist Bolle Open USA
May 00 Quarter-finalist Italian Open ITA
Apr 00 Runner-up Atlanta Open USA
Nov 99 Runner-up South of England Championships ENG
Oct 99 Semi-finalist Trofeo Aquarius Open ESP
Oct 99 Winner Ciutat de Barcelona ESP
May 99 Quarter-finalist Versilia Open ITA
Apr 99 Runner-up Castellanza Open ITA
Apr 99 Semi-finalist #European Junior Championship AUT
Mat 99 Runner-up Swiss Open SUI
Jan 99 Quarter-finalist Midlands Open ENG
Jan 99 Winner #British Junior Open (U19) ENG
Sep 98 Runner-up Ciutat de Barcelona ESP
Aug 98 Semi-finalist #World Junior Open USA
Apr 98 Runner-up #European Junior Championship BEL
Jan 98 Semi-finalist #British Junior Open (U19) ENG
Feb 96 Runner-up #British U16 Nationals ENG
* Super Series event
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