World number four Matthew, who lives in Sheffield, admits that attempt at the 2006 Games in Melbourne was "doomed to fail" from the beginning.
Yoga aiding Matthew's longevity
"I was reading about how Ryan Giggs had attributed his prolonged career to yoga - so I thought it couldn't hurt to try.
"It's important for my longevity because most of the guys in the world's top 10 are younger than me so I have to do a little bit more now."
"I think the selectors thought our individual talents would combine well, but let's just say the team-work was somewhat lacking," said Matthew. The pair were eliminated at the
"I don't think anyone wants to see hugging and kissing after every point, they want to see people getting stuck into one another and you're always guaranteed that when James and I play."
Matthew, the fourth seed in Manchester, has dominated their recent battles and is unbeaten in 15 encounters against Pontefract-based Willstrop. But the
Commonwealth gold medallist
in 2010 knows that run could end at any time.
"I remember when he [Willstrop] got to world number one - I was injured at the time and sat on the sofa back at home," he said.
Matthew beats Willstrop to 2013 British crown
"The fact it was James up there made me extra motivated to get fit, healthy and back to competing again."
Willstrop can't explain why he has struggled against his big rival but admits there is respect between the pair.
"His achievements and the way he handles himself on the squash court is very inspirational to others and to me," he said. "I think through our fantastic matches we have learnt from one another."
Willstrop's more 'mellow' approach could be due to his impending fatherhood, with partner Vanessa due to give birth any day.
"It's so exciting at the moment for the pair of us and such a nice thing to look forward to," he said.
Willstrop & Matthew on squash's failed 2020 Olympic bid:
The Olympic bidding has been a disaster and I don't know what more we can do.
"We now have to keep faith in what we have, which are great events around the World, and concentrate on making the sport even stronger."
: "It was a kick in the teeth for everyone in the sport. The bid was unique and had everything the IOC had asked for.
"I think the sport should keep bidding and hopefully inspire a future generation to be Olympic champions in the sport."
"Squash is a secondary thing in this situation and that's probably a positive thing going into the Worlds because I can be quite intense.
"The more I can lighten things up, the better hopefully I'll play and it would be wonderful to win and share that with my family."
"Ramy has won 50 matches in a row now, which is pretty decent in a sport as competitive as ours, and it's the first time we've had an undisputed world number one for a few years," said Matthew.
"Gaultier is also in great form and beat me in the US Open final so I expect them to both be up there with James and I."
Men's World Squash Championships
Venue: Manchester Central
Thursday 31 October - Sunday, 3 November: Coverage on the BBC from the quarter-finals onwards. Thursday - live on connected TV and online from 19:00-22:00 GMT and delayed coverage on Red Button 21:30-00:30 GMT. Friday - live on connected TV and online from 19:00-22:00 GMT and delayed coverage on Red Button 22:00-01:00 GMT. Saturday - 16:00-20:00 GMT connected TV and online and delayed Red Button coverage 22:35-23:35 GMT. Sunday - 17:30-19:30 GMT Red Button and online - live coverage of the final.
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