Day 3 Masters Snooker Extra


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Highlights from Tuesday afternoon's match featuring 2016 semi-finalist Judd Trump against Marco Fu, who failed to win a frame in his opening round in 2016.


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Hello and welcome to Snooker Extra, extended highlights of the

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first-round Masters match between Trump and Fu. It's -- Judd Trump and

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Marco Fu. It's Judd who leads the head-to-heads but Marco will be full

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of confidence after a win in December. Your match commentators

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are Steve Davies and Dennis Taylor. DENNIS TAYLOR: Judd won the toss and

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it's a good break-off. If Marco can see enough of this red

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to the right corner, he might attempt the pot.

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It takes a while to get used to this table. It's very fast but looks to

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be playing beautifully. STEVE DAVIES: Yeah, very responsive. You

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don't have to hit the balls too hard to get them where you want. Oh,

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straightaway we might have a little bit of an awkward red with that

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frame up the other end of the table. Start of an early stalemate it would

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have to be said. Looking at the head-to-heads between

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these two players, Judd nine, Marco two, trying to work out if there's

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any reason for that other than Judd's a great player. Um, yeah,

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perhaps Marco doesn't fare as well against an aggressive, bully-type

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player? I don't know, really. I haven't got a clue. But obviously

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Marco's in form at the moment so that counts for a lot. Well, this

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will count for a lot if this goes in. This is a tough shot he's taking

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on here. Almost. Now, where's that red going

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to finish? Is the green and brown going could tomorrow to his rescue.

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It looks like they may have. I think he's covered both those reds.

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A bit of a result there. A risky red. He almost pulled it off, as you

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can see there, covered both those reds.

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And this is a very tricky cutback that Judd's taking on here.

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Well-played, though. APPLAUSE

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Well, he could have been forgiven for playing some type of containing,

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tactical shot there, but he really did play an aggressive shot. This is

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no certainty. Red at the bottom of the pack goes

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now though, so... I thought he was hampered by it as

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well. Well, that was an unexpected mix. He

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had to put quite a bit of power on that. He just didn't deliver the cue

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there. You can see a -- you can see, as smoothly as he would have liked.

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The cue coming off his hand there. Yeah, it's not the greatest part of

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his game. No problem for Judd Trump at the

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power game. He does get some action on the cue ball, that's for sure.

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That was quite a difficult shot he just pulled off there.

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I mean the putt wasn't all that difficult, but it's near the pocket

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and, you know, the cue action there to draw that cue ball back...

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What a fantastic shot that was, and the chance, if he wants to, to go

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into the pack here off the side cushion.

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APPLAUSE He's got everything he deserved

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here. Fantastic shots he's pulled out. I thought for a minute he was

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going to go to the far end and stay there.

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Well, just with that one shot, he's opened up the whole of the game

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here. There's a chance for Judd to knock

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in a sizeable contribution here. Quite a difficult thing to do,

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especially on a power shot, to keep everything, keep your head,

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perfectly still. I think Marco moves a little bit on

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the shot when he delivers the cue as well. It's just a mannerism.

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He's a pure, natural player, Judd Trump. Just a natural snooker

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talent. He's making light work of this,

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though. Great to watch. He seems to have got the pace of the

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table very quickly. Frame virtually over. Marco, just

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that one mistake - you can't afford to miss blacks off the spot. OK, he

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was playing it reverse side. There's Judd switching hands. He's very,

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very good with his opposite hand as well. Not quite in the league of

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Ronnie O'Sullivan, but he is very good with his opposite hand.

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Every chance now of making a century. It's going to be very, very

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difficult. But it's something he can just concentrate on now.

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He's made a few centuries in his career, 422.

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He might be able to develop the last red. He could make a century if this

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works out. APPLAUSE

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Well, what a way to punish your opponent for a basic mistake.

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Yeah, the highest break in this year's Dafabet Masters was made last

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evening by Stuart Bingham, 132, but he lost to Joe Perry 6-1. But what a

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start for the Juggernaut, as they call him. You know, and even though

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the game of snooker, you're playing against the table, not your

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opponent, it does seem sometimes against certain opponents you have a

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good record and some you don't. Perhaps Judd fancies the job today.

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That's century Number 10 in this year's Masters.

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APPLAUSE Doesn't matter about the blue. He

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got one chance and that was all he needed and that magnificent century

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break gave Judd Trump the opening frame. It's 1-0.

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There might just be a gap between the blue and pink to flick the reds

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and get back down the table. He could have left something a lot

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easier than this. It's a horrible situation for Marco

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Fu. I'm not too sure what he can do, really. Very low value trying to cut

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this red and I don't think he can hold for the black. He might, as

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long as he can get his cue down long enough, perhaps he's got a chance. I

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thought he was going to have to jack up in the air. He's just about done

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it. That would have been very difficult,

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had he been up in the air on that shot.

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We were talking about his Scottish Open win in the final against John

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hilliness. 4-1 down and won eight frames in a row to beat John 9-4.

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And John, one of the form players of the season, well, he really is a

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superb player, Marco. Still a couple of potential banana

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skins going about this break. He's had to play two reds on the top

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cushion. Not so much of a pocket to aim for along a cushion, obviously.

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He'd like to be high on this black. He doesn't really want to be

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straight. He's made four maximum breaks in his

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career, Marco. I'll never forget his first Masters

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in Scotland. The Scottish Open, I think it was. He won a motor car and

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he hadn't even got a licence. Once again, he's not greatly on this

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black. If he'd been further up the table on a couple of occasions, it

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would have helped him out no end. Now he's got to possibly play a

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slightly riskier shot. Got a flick on the red but it was difficult to

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get high on that red from that position, as you see.

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-- as you can see. It's difficult to get speed on the cue ball from

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there. He's got the red into the yellow pocket. This would now be a

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147 chance if this goes in. Now the crowd acknowledge this is a

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potential chance for a maximum with the round of applause they gave him.

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He doesn't have to go into the pack that quickly here.

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There's a few reds that, when potted, will open up paths for other

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reds. He's left himself a bit straight on the black on a few

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occasions. I think he knew immediately. Just

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watch his head. He knew straightaway. He was up. He knew he

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didn't hit that one correctly. And every chance of the counterattack

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now. You could see what that miss meant

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to Marco there. But he's left himself awkward here.

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It looks to be pretty straight. This is the sort of shot Marco missed in

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the opening frame, screwing back, reverse side - probably a little bit

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more difficult than that. I know it's a very responsive cloth,

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but he made that look very easy indeed.

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He's obviously cueing well. He's walking around the table, looks very

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focused. If that red, the bottom of the four, goes, that opens things up

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nicely. A bit too far? He's not... He's got the slightest of angles and

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the red he didn't quite get on - he's got to punch it in to get to

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the correct angle, which he has done, and he's played that

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perfectly. He's on it this time. How well did he strike that? As you

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mentioned a long time ago, the reds were all clearing each other, Steve,

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and it's proving the case. He didn't have any cannons to play. As one was

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potted, it left a path for another. Excellent shot to get high on that

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red. Doesn't need to collide with any other balls here.

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This could be an early turning point in this match, because Marco looked

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to be well on his way to taking his way, concentrating on All Blacks.

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Apart from that one shot he played, where he misjudged the pace, most of

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the time, he's been very controlled. Now he can be low on the red to go

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up the table for one of the Bob Hawke colours. He's a massive

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favourite in this frame now. A big steal.

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What a frame to pinch this is. He looked so good. Certainly in that

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opening frame, he's cueing really well.

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Well, what a cracking frame of snooker this second frame is turning

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out to be. Marco Fu on all blacks. Missed one and Judd Trump stepped in

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and cleared the remaining balls with that magnificent break of 87 and now

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he leads two frames to nil. Bit of a weak break-off from Judd

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Trump. Got to be a little bit careful though, Marco. He's got to

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pot this because there is a gap round the back of the black, but he

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could cannon into a red. He has to pot this, you would feel.

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He just missed that. You would say he's OK but with Judd Trump at the

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table, you're never sure. You can see the red wobble in the jaws. This

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one he's looking at is very, very difficult. This red is a long way up

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the cushion, really, to be powering it in. He had a little look at it

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but I think he's probably choosing the right now now, the safety.

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You see that movement to our left, which makes his cue go across to the

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left as well, across the face of the ball, amazing how that happens.

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Yeah, one of the great Welsh players - we'll just show you the movement

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to the side - but one of the great Welsh players used to move forward a

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little bit, Doug Mountjoy. He's Welsh players used to move forward a

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too well at the moment, Doug. If you're watching, get well soon. I

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know he likes to go to Mark Williams's club and practise every

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day. He's not the best at the moment. I'm sure he'll bounce

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straight back, knowing Doug. I'm not too sure what he was doing

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there. Very aggressive. Was he going for the pot? He misjudged it by some

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way. He hit it far too thick. Perhaps the yellow was the way

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forward. It would be nice if the pink doesn't

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spot for Marco. That's his answer.

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Mustn't be touching that red. When the balls are set up at the start of

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the match with the triangle of balls and the red at the apex of the pink,

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that almost mustn't be touching. Interesting, isn't it? You always

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are, Steve, very interesting. That was a pretty poor positional shot

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from Marco. He was trying to get on the blue but he left himself

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straight on the blue. Can he make a better job of it this time? Decides

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to roll through for the black. If he has angle, he might get up to

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a red but look at that - he's going to have to force this one in. That's

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the trap that no snooker player likes. Oh, he did well there.

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APPLAUSE We say that sometimes Marco lacks a

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bit of power. He got it all right there on that shot.

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He's given himself a chance to keep this going.

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Albeit with a spider. I think the thing that stands Marco

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in good stead and has done throughout his career - he's got a

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fabulous temperament. But that's a shocker he's played there. The only

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possible way of keeping the break going now is, as we show you the

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poor positional shot - in fact, the double is not even on. If he'd had a

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chance, he could have doubled the red and wouldn't have left anything.

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What has he spotted? Not a plant coming to the rescue, surely? Oh,

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what a bonus this is. What a bonus if this goes in.

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And there it is. APPLAUSE

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A lot lucky, really. I wouldn't have known that plant was on. Now he

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looks to be in a nice position to try and make amends for that last

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frame. Judd will be sitting in his chair a bit aggrieved, really.

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He's got to take full advantage now of that little bit of good fortune

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when suddenly the plant appeared. He doesn't want to do what he did in

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the previous frame. A nice little nudge with that last

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shot to get the pink into the action as well. He's increasing his

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positional possibilities. Well, you've got to fancy him in

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from -- him from this position, Dennis. He'd have to do something

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careless, or have a kick, or be unlucky.

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Not hanging about. Just coming up to the half-hour mark and the third

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frame is almost over. There you see it. 64 ahead. One more

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red and anything above the yellow will be enough to leave Judd needing

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a snooker. Just a quick glance at the scoreboard. The white ball

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trundled on a couple more rolls than he wanted.

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CROWD GASPS He had a bash at that. I don't think

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he needed to. It seemed like he hit that harder than he needed to. I

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don't... I couldn't agree more, Steve. He

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didn't even get enough screw on it. No wonder he was shaking his head.

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Is he going to pay for that mistake? It's not as easy this time. He's

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still a strong favourite the way the balls are situated, but the frame

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should have been over. Well, this would be a steal. Not so bad with

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these reds on the left-hand side cushion for Judd Trump being a

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left-hander. Obviously, Marco Fu is hoping they'll cause a problem.

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He's only one or two good shots away from making this a relatively easy

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clearance. Played for the open red there and

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probably going to leave himself an angle to knock that second red away.

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Well, every ball going into the middle of the pocket at the moment

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is looking very confident. And now, as long as he gets a good

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angle on this pink, he should be able to swing across nicely for the

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red in the corner, screw back for the blue.

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He wasn't on the pink properly. He thought he had an angle.

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If he can get nicely anywhere near the circle, with being a

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left-hander, he'd be perfect and he's got an angle on the brown to

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get over to that position. This looks pretty good. It looks

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very good. APPLAUSE

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Well, I said Marco Fu had a terrific temperament. If he loses this frame,

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what a test that will be, because he should have won this frame and he

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should have won the frame He's played this very nicely. That

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was the only thing that could have gone wrong there, that blue to

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yellow. I say the only thing. Other things

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obviously can, but the way he's cued so far, he's made very light work of

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this. And this is a massive steal, so much more than the last frame.

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He looks very comfortable on the table.

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There'll be one more frame before the mid-session interval. Marco's

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going to need that badly. He hasn't lost this one yet, but you can't see

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Judd making a mistake the way he's cueing. It's just straightforward.

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Well, knowing the significance of this frame, you could be forgiven

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for being a bit nervous but so far not too much nerves, a bit out of

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position. Just this black. Well, it's happened again.

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Marco Fu had a break of 64, missed a sitter of a red and had to watch

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Judd Trump come to the table and clear up and take the third frame.

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It's 3-0. I mean, it's been so fluent. Look at

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this - average shot time, just confirming it there, 13 seconds.

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There's the average frame time, just over 11 minutes.

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And Judd's had a century, Marco 64. Five breaks over 50 in three frames.

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It's not like Marco's not been at the able. Look at the pot success

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rate, Steve. 97%. He's got a bit of a problem here.

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It's a double kiss if he plays safe. What a great shot that was - a

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fantastic effort. In some ways, you had to sacrifice possibly running

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through but there's a lot of pressure on Marco Fu all of a

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sudden. So this red, even though on other occasions, it would be pretty

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guaranteed, oh, he's made light work of that. Not just potted it, but got

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enough of an angle on the blue that should he want, he can go into the

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pack right-hand side of the pink, could open them up, or there is the

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loose red at the bottom of the pack. His choice. He's playing for the

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loose one. I'm not going to start arguing with

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Marco. He's a winner. A lot of players would have gone straight

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into the pink there. But, as I mentioned earlier, he's

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made 435 centuries in his career, so he knows how to break-build.

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This is tough, going into them from here. There's another one still

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available, so that helps. But after this one, it's going to start

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getting more difficult. Yes, quite a tight pack. And whilst

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he couldn't have guaranteed a split from the blue, it's not a guarantee

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off the black either. I'd be happy to see that red come

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over the middle. And he'll be happy to see a little gap to cue between

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the reds. He's not hampered. Plenty of action on this one while it kept

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spinning. For a while, it looked like he was going to be in trouble.

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So what Marco Fu has obviously got to do is try and win this frame in

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this visit. Wary of the fact that Judd Trump is

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chomping at the bit for a counter-punch. It's nice if this red

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goes next to the pink. 3-1 at the mid-session interval. You

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know, he wouldn't feel all that bad because he knows he could quite

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easily have won the last two frames. I mean, he made a break of 56 and

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lost that, and then 64 and lost the previous frame. It's just cutting

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out the little mistakes that he's been making. He hasn't made many

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mistakes but they've just been so costly the way Judd's playing.

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Topspin applied and he's not hampered. He's OK.

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This could turn out to be an absolute cracking match.

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Yeah, all of that match play temperament that Marco Fu showed in

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coming back against John Higgins he's going to need today.

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He's showing an awful lot of character here, isn't he? After

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what's just gone before in the previous two frames. So he's been in

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first in - well, all three frames. APPLAUSE

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That's the frame safe and now he can settle down.

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It's going to be roughly 45 minutes for four frames. That's going some,

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yeah? If someone said, "How's it going,

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Marco?" And he said, "I made breaks of 56, 64 and a possible century,

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but I'm 3-1 down." Tough game. Yeah. It remains to be seen whether those

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two frames that Judd Trump stole will come into the equation at the

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end of the match. One thing is for certain, though -

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Marco Fu the balls. APPLAUSE

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He's looking every bit as fluent now.

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Brilliant from this man. He can't beat the highest break of the event

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but still nice to clear the lot. Marco playing a bit of an exhibition

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shot there. I can't wait for the second half of

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this match. Absolutely fantastic from Marco Fu.

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And he looks a bit pleased with himself and so he should be. That

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magnificent play there takes him to the mid-session interval but he

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trails three frames to one. So far in this match, nearly all of

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the unforced errors have come from Marco Fu. He's still potting nicely.

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APPLAUSE That brown's nicely over the pocket.

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Yeah, it was a poor safety shot from Judd, it has to be said.

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That's not the best kiss in the world.

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I suppose he had to play it that way.

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Didn't have to try and shift everything around and these are not

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certainties. A bit wider on the blue than he

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wanted, so not trusting to luck this time by going into balls. He's going

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to try and keep in open play. He's lost the cue ball a bit there.

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I'm sure he wanted to be on the one to the left of the table. Perhaps he

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was going for these two down the right-hand side.

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He'd be short of pace on those. Good recovery pot, but the wrong

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side of the blue. But that red to the left of the bunch is on for him,

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if he screws back a couple of feet. Beyond that, as you can see, is the

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left side of the blue line there so he has to leave

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Yeah. The only trouble with this is a cue ball in this break's been

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doing a bit more mileage than he would have wanted.

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Trying to get the right side of balls from distance is a bit harder

:49:07.:49:13.

than when you're close in. Once again, looks to be a bit short on

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the blue. A worse scenario is straight.

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Can he get to the black? Talked himself into playing that

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with a bit of right-hand spin, trying to twist the black in, very

:50:06.:50:12.

tight. Yeah, I mean trying to play that

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with a trace of side was very difficult. He could have rolled the

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blue in, you know, and left the red between the blackspot and the black

:50:21.:50:24.

there - he could have left that. It would have been a tricky pot but he

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was asking a little bit much to just bend it slightly to create that

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potting angle on the black. Not much Judd Trump could do with

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that shot other than get it down the table. Got the pace wrong.

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Marco doesn't pot it and now, Judd Trump, should he wish to, can open

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the reds up a bit more. You get the feeling that -- feeling that Judd

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only needs one chance in a frame. This looks like a good safety shot.

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I don't know if he's completely carried it.

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Marco can come down the right-hand side of

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be careful. This red could sneak out over the left corner.

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It almost went right over the corner, as you predicted, Steve. But

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look at the cue ball. The length on that is terrific. That is a big

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pocket, if he can't get through, to cut the one in that's near the

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pocket. The other one is a biggish pocket. But look where the cue ball

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is. But there's no easy safety, so he'll have to attempt. He's come up

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to look at exactly how this red is lying over the pocket. But you feel

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as if he's got a big margin of error on that red that's a bit further up.

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But he's playing the safety, or possibly the shot to nothing.

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He's got a good cue ball if it keeps running. Oh, what a shot this is!

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APPLAUSE That's a fascinating situation,

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isn't it? Perhaps the Judd Trump of old would have automatically got

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down and played the big pocket shot, as we would call it in the game, but

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Judd is showing some maturity and perhaps just waiting for a better

:52:36.:52:39.

chance, not... Panicking at the first opportunity. And he's put the

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pressure on Marco here. Can Marco lay on the pack? It's not much of a

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pack. difficult to get through to the red

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that is over the pocket. He is trying to see if he can come off a

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couple cushions but this is so tough here. It is not a bad effort if he

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misses the pink, it might be in the pocket though but it is not a bad

:53:23.:53:27.

effort. How has he not hit the red and knocked on into the pocket. It

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is going to be called. The ultimate miss there. If anything wasn't a

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miss it was that. Of course, it is a miss. Can he find that angle again.

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It is going to be difficult. The referee is allowed to not call a

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misunderstooder those circumstances but the modern-day way is that you

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automatically call it. He has got it this time and he has got away with

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it. Well, almost got away with it. This red will pot. Not easy but it

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will go. All of a sudden - I say it wasn't

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easy and all of a sudden from being in a terrible position Marco is back

:54:19.:54:22.

at the table and in with a chance. I think the reason he did get away

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with it was Judd Trump was expecting an easy opportunity with that and

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all of a sudden he comes to the table with a bit more pressure on

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him than he thought was possible. That is the first relatively easy

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ball I think Judd has missed. But that escape of Marco's he lad to go

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so close to the -- he lad to go so close to the pink to have any chance

:54:51.:54:54.

of hitting the red. That was pinpoint accuracy. You won't see a

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better escape than that. Watch how close he goes to the pink

:54:57.:55:08.

here. Just slides past the pink. Amazing.

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This is his third attempt to win this frame in open play. You'd

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expect him to convert this chance. Just about getting the right side of

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the colour. Looked a bit lazy that cue ball as it came back.

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Well, he's carrying on where he left off before the mid-session interval

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is Marco. As I say, he showed an awful lot of character after losing

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two frames where he made breaks of 56 and 64 to bounce back with 130.

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This is the longest frame of the match so far but the balls did go a

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little awkward. I think he didn't panic when he was

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3-0 down because of what he did to John Higgins in the Scottish Open

:57:47.:57:50.

final. That's always going to be in the back of your mind so you don't

:57:51.:57:57.

tend the panic and he didn't. It's two in a row to just be one behind.

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I did mention before the mid-session interval I thought this could be an

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absolutely cracking match. It could prove to be because they're both

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playing really well. Both 95% with their pot success rate. Terrific

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stuff. This crowd's been royally entertained here in the Aly Paly

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this afternoon. They've currently got the same pot

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success rate, although it doesn't feel like that for some reason. It

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feels like Marco has made more mistakes.

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That's another fabulous clearance there from Marco Fu. Breaks of 130

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and that break of 88 - he is only one behind now and it is 3-2 to Judd

:59:27.:59:29.

Trump. He hit that so thick, he should have

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been behind the yellow again. What damage has he done here? You have to

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say even though there is a lot of red clustered at the top of the

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table it is a chance for 5-2. Not that. Oh, OK. Marco's hope is

:00:10.:00:28.

that after messing his shot up - I don't think he even hit the right

:00:29.:00:32.

red - he's just going to hope that because there is a big traffic jam

:00:33.:00:38.

up the top that Judd Judd doesn't get a good result off this shot.

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Well, there's always plenty of traffic jams around Alship Paly, not

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far off the North Circular. He has a red in the top corner and that pink

:00:52.:00:56.

is begging to be potted so he has an escape route for this jam.

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He didn't take any time at all to work that shot out. Looped it around

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the black and all of a sudden it has opened up into a genuine

:01:36.:01:36.

frame-winning chance. Wasting no time at all. Amongst the

:01:37.:02:08.

balls he seems to be supremely confident.

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First minor mistake. That will be a bit further away from this red but

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you can't really call it a true mistake. This red is far enough away

:03:26.:03:31.

from the cushion that he won't have any problems potting it. The

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positional play's a little bit more difficult.

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Just lost the cue ball. It's the type of situation reminiscent of a

:03:46.:03:57.

shot Alex Higgins played in that magnificent clearance against Jimmy

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White in '82. Pot the blue to the side cushion and then screw back to

:04:02.:04:08.

the top cushion but he has got a much easier pink. If it goes in

:04:09.:04:17.

positionally anyway. It goes in, great shot. He's lost the cue ball

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though. APPLAUSE

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I think that shot wasn't available to him the Alex Higgins special, he

:04:30.:04:34.

was Hamped by all the other reds and colours. He would have had to lean

:04:35.:04:39.

over them. Mean while. He only just dropped the pink and because he

:04:40.:04:42.

dropped it, it hasn't don't far enough. That is very tight. He

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talked himself into it. For a minute - I don't think it goes Dennis, it

:04:47.:04:53.

really doesn't go. I'm telling you it doesn't go. I believe you, Steve,

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I believe you. He's never going to play it.

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Well - trouble is, I'm not sure what other shots he plays.

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He will have a play a safety shot to there. Whatever he decides he is a

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strong favourite because he is 59 in front. He only needs a red and any

:05:28.:05:30.

colour. A bit short paced but... APPLAUSE

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Makes it a bit easier for Marco Fu to put in a good safety.

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Things in - ooh, a nasty flick. Nice for Marco. Just got to be a wee bit

:05:57.:06:08.

careful if he is going to land on these reds because he could leave a

:06:09.:06:14.

pot on. If he plans to just nestle on one of the reds to the left, you

:06:15.:06:18.

can see that is the snookering shadow you are looking at there. If

:06:19.:06:23.

he just nestles on one on the left side of the table he can leave one

:06:24.:06:28.

along the cushion. Just got to be a wee bit careful here.

:06:29.:06:36.

I think I'd rather play it slow than put any pace in. He has the black

:06:37.:06:44.

tied up as it is. This way he could shift the black out.

:06:45.:06:50.

Although he might not be able to control the cue ball. Not to his

:06:51.:07:15.

liking. That green's a bit of a problem, perhaps. He stunned it

:07:16.:07:21.

enough to miss the green. The crowd like it. Marco won't. It

:07:22.:07:31.

came a bit too far. How's your luck, Marco? He could

:07:32.:07:59.

have done without missing the pink and coming up and just merging the

:08:00.:08:05.

black, he would have been OK. He looked as if he was going to get

:08:06.:08:09.

straight down and try and cut this in but he's had second thoughts

:08:10.:08:13.

because this is just a massive frame for him. He has to win this 5-2,

:08:14.:08:19.

very little chance. If he is going to play the safety shot he really

:08:20.:08:23.

should play the one on the left of the table, I think, because that

:08:24.:08:26.

clears and opens the black a bit better. So the black's availability

:08:27.:08:42.

to the right corner... I think I preferred the other safety shot.

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That's a terrific return from Judd Trump though.

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APPLAUSE that's where his game really has

:09:01.:09:05.

improved, Steve. His safety game has certainly improved. That's

:09:06.:09:10.

effectively where Marco could have put Judd, I think. It is tough. Can

:09:11.:09:21.

Marco sort it out? This has got to be thin. There's the danger of the

:09:22.:09:27.

thin one. Has he got the blue coming to his rescue? Yes.

:09:28.:09:36.

Judd's seething at the moment thinking he has got away with that.

:09:37.:09:44.

Judd is actually saying, "That's just lucky." Put the red right over

:09:45.:09:47.

the pocket. That's a fantastic shot.

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APPLAUSE That's a pretty good one as well.

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APPLAUSE Exceln't judgment of pace there from

:10:28.:10:33.

Marco. On these very fast tables the cue ball just lazily gets back

:10:34.:10:35.

before the ball climb. It's just kept itself away from that

:10:36.:10:51.

corner pocket enough to at the very least give Marco a problem. Might he

:10:52.:10:56.

be possibly tempted for the double here? Yeah. It is a thin one, is it?

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Good shot. APPLAUSE

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What a brave double although he is only -- he is only left the red he

:11:15.:11:19.

is missing because he played the cue ball in a clever way. We have seen

:11:20.:11:24.

Judd steal frames, this will be another one.

:11:25.:11:36.

This is the key shot. He could bring both reds into play. He would

:11:37.:11:42.

certainly love to develop one of them into a nice potable position

:11:43.:11:47.

but make sure. Don't take your eye off the

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This is a tricky little one. He is close to the red. He can drop it in,

:11:53.:11:59.

the black is available. He has to fully commit and just roll this

:12:00.:12:03.

along the cushion. This is such a key shot. This is 4-3 or 5-2

:12:04.:12:07.

arguably. But this is the important mopping

:12:08.:12:12.

up, the ones you're expected to get. Well, earlier in the match in frame

:12:13.:12:53.

two and three Marco had to sit in his seat and watch Judd Trump clear

:12:54.:13:02.

up and pinch both frames. And Judd Trump will be sitting in his chair

:13:03.:13:06.

thinking that Marco Fu's got away with this. That one red he left over

:13:07.:13:11.

the pocket and just got a fortunate snooker behind the blue. Couldn't

:13:12.:13:17.

have accounted for that. That's the difference. He has got to clear that

:13:18.:13:22.

from his mind because he is still playing great snooker. Tough at the

:13:23.:13:23.

top. Well the stand yard continues. He

:13:24.:13:36.

has just gone a little bit too far. We have taken it for granted they

:13:37.:13:40.

are potting all these colours but the tension is there. The tricky

:13:41.:13:47.

little one is the brown to blue. He is leaving himself distance, not

:13:48.:13:51.

enough angle to go around the table. So lifeline for Judd Trump.

:13:52.:14:10.

He did pretty good with that but this is still the finish one.

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What another cracking frame of snooker! These boys are treating us

:14:22.:14:28.

to some fabulous snooker here this afternoon. They are keeping

:14:29.:14:34.

themselves right in this year's masters. Marco Fu is only one behind

:14:35.:14:36.

now, 4-3 to Judd Trump. I'm certainly enjoying every minute

:14:37.:14:51.

of this match. The breaks have been fantastic. Judd Trump has had 182,

:14:52.:14:59.

39, 53 and Marco has had 56, 64, two frames he lost and he has had 130,

:15:00.:15:09.

88 and 58. Brilliant stuff. He has come up a little bit short and maybe

:15:10.:15:13.

the red's going to come to his rescue. I don't think he can get

:15:14.:15:17.

through to the one you can barely see there. He can.

:15:18.:15:48.

I'm not sure what Marco is looking at here. He has to be careful with

:15:49.:15:55.

it. I think he is going to play off the side cushion to keep the white

:15:56.:16:01.

ball in the jaws of the top corner pocket and just checking whether he

:16:02.:16:06.

fancies Judd's going to go for a pot. He has changed his mind. This

:16:07.:16:11.

doesn't look very good. He has overhit it, I think. No, he is OK.

:16:12.:16:17.

He thought he'd overhit it. Perhaps that does go, I don't know. He has.

:16:18.:16:32.

A genuine chance. It is a bit easier than I thought it was first glance.

:16:33.:16:39.

Judd will be disappointed he missed that. He has made a great effort to

:16:40.:16:41.

get position on the black as well. Psychology plays such a big part in

:16:42.:17:04.

the game of snooker. Judd would have been thinking in the last frame,

:17:05.:17:08.

"I'm going 5-2 in front here." It looked odds on he was going to do

:17:09.:17:13.

that and then all of a sudden he is back and he is just one in front. It

:17:14.:17:18.

is just keeping yourself sitting in your chair in the correct, positive

:17:19.:17:24.

frame of mind. It needs an awful lot of work mentally to be able to do

:17:25.:17:26.

that. I'm thinking this whole match,

:17:27.:18:22.

Dennis, I don't want to bring it up really, but I don't think we have

:18:23.:18:26.

had one kick. Can't think of one, can you? The balls have been playing

:18:27.:18:32.

wonderfully. The table is in good condition. I don't think it has been

:18:33.:18:36.

a problem throughout the tournament so far. Once the players start

:18:37.:18:40.

trusting the balls to this level the stand yard could go through the

:18:41.:18:46.

roof. I think the stand yard from all the players has been superb but

:18:47.:18:51.

they are the top 16 players in the world. You are playing a one-table

:18:52.:18:57.

venue, no distractions. That's why we're seeing such a high stand yard.

:18:58.:19:04.

That -- standard. That's why we are seeing some terrific crowds so far.

:19:05.:19:08.

We are only in day three and the place has been packed most days.

:19:09.:19:15.

They love their snooker in this part of the world but, of course, we have

:19:16.:19:21.

met people from all over the country that have attended from different

:19:22.:19:22.

parts of the world also. A heavy contact there but he is OK.

:19:23.:19:39.

I told you not to mention, kick. That is the first one, I think.

:19:40.:19:48.

Obvious ly as the table gets more and more finger marks and roughed up

:19:49.:19:51.

they may have an effect. The table is brushed and ironed -

:19:52.:20:07.

well at least brushed - in the interval.

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Highest break here of the tournament. He won't necessarily be

:20:24.:20:28.

thinking about that. He has the frame on his brain.

:20:29.:20:42.

Didn't get that ideally right but he got the gap. Perfect! Couldn't have

:20:43.:20:47.

asked for better. Her's a prediction, even with that

:20:48.:21:07.

red on the side cushion it looks pretty acute into the middle pocket.

:21:08.:21:11.

Highest break of the tournament coming up now. That's a big

:21:12.:21:20.

prediction, Steve. The way he is playing you wouldn't put it past him

:21:21.:21:23.

but the main thing is to secure the frame and get himself back all

:21:24.:21:28.

square and from 3-0 down. That is quite an achievement. But this high

:21:29.:21:31.

standard continues. Marco just had a quick glance round

:21:32.:21:53.

and he knows if he pots this red Judd will need a snooker.

:21:54.:22:01.

132 is the highest break this year. Stew yart Bingham got that last wake

:22:02.:22:10.

when he ended up losing 6-1 to Joe Perry.

:22:11.:22:20.

I don't suppose losing 6-1, you'd be disappointed, but he had a new baby

:22:21.:22:27.

daughter on Saturday so he would have been glad to get back home,

:22:28.:22:36.

Stuwart Bingham to see Michelle and Marney Rose, his lovely daughter

:22:37.:22:40.

that was born on Saturday. Not great on the black.

:22:41.:22:46.

Best he could do there. So lost ideal position. Can he hold for the

:22:47.:23:03.

blue? Too wide for that. So a lower scoring colour, dropping a few

:23:04.:23:04.

points. While he is mopping these up, it is

:23:05.:23:30.

getting to the stage where he may make the highest break of the event

:23:31.:23:32.

but it may not end up staying that. A nice little prize for the high

:23:33.:23:40.

break, ?10,000. Possibly a 136. Well, there is

:23:41.:24:16.

another mag tiff sent, sentry. It is Marco's second -- magnificent,

:24:17.:24:17.

century. It is Marco's second. That's not great. Can he recover the

:24:18.:24:25.

situation? It is going to be difficult now.

:24:26.:24:42.

That is 12 centuries so far on day 3.

:24:43.:24:46.

Not quite, what a shame. A fabulous effort and that century break has

:24:47.:24:58.

got the man from Hong Kong all square. It is 4 frames each. What a

:24:59.:25:00.

match. REFEREE: Thank you, settle down

:25:01.:25:23.

please now. It is nice to have the atmosphere

:25:24.:25:40.

and a bit of noise in between frames but not on the shot. It was tried a

:25:41.:25:47.

few years ago to play the game of snooker with lots of noise during

:25:48.:25:49.

play. It doesn't work at this game. I'm not sure what happened there.

:25:50.:27:37.

Did he just take his eye off it slightly? He was only dropping it in

:27:38.:27:40.

and walked away very quickly. Let's just have a look. He was

:27:41.:27:54.

playing a delicate little canon and we have seen that quite a few times,

:27:55.:27:59.

the player just takes their eye off a the pot. This could really open

:28:00.:28:05.

this up. There is plenty of loose reds but knowing Judd he will try to

:28:06.:28:09.

open even more of them up. Just depends. He's certainly done that,

:28:10.:28:14.

that's for sure. Great shot from Judd Trump there.

:28:15.:28:27.

Knowing full well it wasn't guaranteed position off a ball in

:28:28.:28:31.

the jaws of the pocket anyway. Decided to be highly aggressive.et

:28:32.:28:39.

once again, this shot as well. Opening more reds up and now look at

:28:40.:28:48.

them. Two shots later he has got the frame at his mercy.

:28:49.:30:05.

Absolutely dead straight as you can see but not a problem for Judd.

:30:06.:30:12.

He knew he was going to back contact with that red when he screwed back

:30:13.:30:16.

but it was thin enough. Judd Trump marks the balls. He looks

:30:17.:30:34.

to be in fantastic form. We still have no real idea about the outcome

:30:35.:30:41.

of this match but how often do you play so well? How often do you play

:30:42.:30:50.

so well with still the potential to come unstuck. I'd have to say I

:30:51.:30:56.

think he has the edge over Marco Fu today but the frame scores don't say

:30:57.:30:58.

that. You say that but if you think about

:30:59.:31:09.

a couple of blacks that Marco's missed that's cost him he could have

:31:10.:31:13.

already won the match, that is how well he has played even though he

:31:14.:31:18.

has made a few elementary mistakes. They have both put on an

:31:19.:31:21.

unbelievable display for us here this afternoon. It really is a treat

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to watch and another break of over 50. There has been a break of over

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50 in every single flame. -- frame. A bit short of pace but he only

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needs this and a colour. He would be delighted with the

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outcome of that. It was a little bit risky. Could have easily gone in off

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there. If he'd have caught that red a fraction thicker.

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That's to win the frame. APPLAUSE

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arguably this is to win the frame. Absolutely stunning this snooker

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we're watching here this afternoon. It's been a fascinating match in as

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much as Judd is just drilling them but Marco has been playing great

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rear guard action, really digging in. Even though it has been all fast

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and furious it is a clash of styles to some degree. Different storylines

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unfolding. Marco's made two centuries in this

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match so far. Judd Trump, now that he has moved that red has a chance

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to make his second century break. You just run out of words to

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describe what we are watching here this afternoon.

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Judd made 40 centuries last season and he has made 34 so far this

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season. APPLAUSE

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That's the 13th century in this year's Dafabet Masters.

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There's a bit of naughty snooker from Judd Trump. He is not going to

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bother with the black. What a fabulous response from Judd Trump. A

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beautiful century break and he gets himself back into the lead but he

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still needs one more. It is 5-4 to Judd Trump.

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Perhaps he was playing to shift the black. I think he was playing the

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big pocket. Is the cross double on? It could

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possibly the arm. He is looking at the pot. It is far too risky but the

:36:10.:36:14.

cross double could be on. He could play the safety shot as well. He is

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now coming around to look at that. There you go. Not too sure if that

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really helps but he sort of lines to telegraph what I'm trying to do,

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just in case it goes in, it's not a fluke.

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Here it comes. Yeah, but look at the cue ball. Didn't want the canon on

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the brown. Is there a possible long-range

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two-ball plant. Has Judd just seen it? There it goes. He has the shot

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to nothing and possibly getting in behind the brown.

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A bit short of pace. Perhaps he was hoping if he potted it, he'd get

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position. That's aggressive. This is a bit dangerous. I thought

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he was playing the other red. I take that back. Great shot. I thought he

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was playing the red below. That was going to push towards the black.

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APPLAUSE Yeah, that's a beauty. He has

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blocked off a path back to the safy zone. -- safety zone.

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It is not great to have to play into this left-hand corner and leave the

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cue ball in the jaw because there are reds that do pot into the right

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middle. Not nice. Judd may be coming off the

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top cushion here with a bit of side to try and flick a red and get back

:38:39.:38:43.

down the table. That is an option he has been looking at. He is standing

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down the line of this. He can have a couple of goes at it.

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He has got a fair chance of getting this right. Excellent job.

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APPLAUSE A bit more pace and it would have

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been excellent. This is a possibility.

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APPLAUSE It has come too far. He couldn't

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keep that cue ball from trundling down. Well, the black, Dennis, and

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then the white ball is going to do some work. It is going to go up and

:39:36.:39:40.

down the table, if he makes sure of the pot and doesn't canon the green

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it will come back up towards the red but it is a thin one but he will

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take it on. He has the easy red behind the brown but he can't refuse

:39:53.:39:58.

this black. I don't think you can play it slow. He is. Danger. Great

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shot. APPLAUSE

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Very unlucky with that kiss. That's a tough shot to play that. It could

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easily have gone offline that. A nasty kiss has left this shot

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missable. APPLAUSE

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One could pot here and one good positional shot and he could be

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right in amongst them. There is the pot and this looks pretty good. It

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needs to pull up a little bit to leave that red straightish. He has

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played it perfectly. APPLAUSE

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Marco Fu has played some fantastic pressure shots and played them just

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stroking the ball in, which is much easier to power or puncture a

:41:04.:41:07.

pressure shot in. But he is supremely confident coming off the

:41:08.:41:13.

back of that victory in Scotland. What a match this would be for him

:41:14.:41:17.

to win. Really up against it for most of the day. Well, what a frame

:41:18.:41:23.

this would be for him to win to take it into the decider. You just don't

:41:24.:41:24.

know how it is going to go. A bit fiddly around the back of this

:41:25.:41:53.

red. Or in between red and black. No, around the back.

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I'm not too sure he is ideally placed, is he? Perhaps it is a bit

:42:03.:42:07.

straighter than it looks. Yeah, he can screw it back in.

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APPLAUSE Any wider and he would have

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struggled. A great opportunity. Judd Trump first in in this frame.

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He messed up an ideal position so he can't complain. It has been punch

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and counter punch all day long. Yeah, I thought Judd was going to go

:42:44.:42:48.

on and clinch the match but he missed the black off the spot. He

:42:49.:42:52.

hasn't missed many in this match but he got that all wrong.

:42:53.:43:06.

Just the pace took that into the pocket. Any harder and it would have

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wobbled and stayed out. Let's look at this just going in off the jaw

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there. It is not a clear run to the winning

:43:15.:43:47.

post in this frame. What sort of angle has he got on the

:43:48.:43:57.

black? It looks perfect. He doesn't like it. I thought - I

:43:58.:44:13.

thought that went but perhaps not. He's not ready yet. I don't think he

:44:14.:44:31.

is in position yet. He is just judging it. He played one earlier

:44:32.:44:35.

where he thought he could pot the black but he hit the red before the

:44:36.:44:40.

black. Well, if it is this tight, it is a big decision to risk playing it

:44:41.:44:44.

because he ideally would like to play that red by the pink to free

:44:45.:44:46.

it. This red does pot but not from the

:44:47.:45:04.

position he was in. If he plays a bit higher up the table he will be

:45:05.:45:09.

able to pot it easily. It is too difficult to go into the explanation

:45:10.:45:13.

for that but if he plays it shorter - he decided not to. He's got the

:45:14.:45:19.

flick. The cue ball has just enough power.

:45:20.:45:26.

Justice red really. You would expect him to get on a colour.

:45:27.:45:35.

Oh kick, but he's still got the pot. He is relieved. What a way that

:45:36.:45:43.

would have been to have lost a match in the masters because that kick

:45:44.:45:48.

almost spoiled things for Marco Fu but somehow with the kick the red

:45:49.:45:52.

still managed to get into the pocket. He thought he'd missed it

:45:53.:45:57.

when he got the heavy contact. The reason why...

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APPLAUSE The reason why I think he got the

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pot was because he put a bit of right-hand spin on it, which can

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sometimes negate the kick, so to speak. That is one of the reasons

:46:10.:46:14.

why sometimes you don't play cuts with plain ball. I will tell you one

:46:15.:46:20.

thing, Steve, the two boys in the studio will have a big, big smile on

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their face because they both predicted 5-4 either way. One of

:46:26.:46:32.

them is going to be right. Well, one of these players is going to lose

:46:33.:46:37.

this match and whichever one it is, is fully justified in going outside

:46:38.:46:41.

and smashing their head against the wall because it has just been such a

:46:42.:46:46.

fantastic game. An exhibition-type shot from Marco Fu. This has been a

:46:47.:46:51.

delight. I have enjoyed every single minute. What a standard they have

:46:52.:46:56.

produced. They have both had two century breaks. Judd had a chance to

:46:57.:46:59.

close the match out. Doesn't matter about the pink. It is the man from

:47:00.:47:04.

Hong Kong is still in it. He takes that frame with that break of 80. We

:47:05.:47:09.

are all square. 5 frames each. You can't beat a decider.

:47:10.:47:30.

What a reception both players got when they had the traditional

:47:31.:47:37.

handshake before a final-frame decider. Not the best break-off from

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Judd. Where's the red going? Where is that

:47:40.:47:45.

red ball? Wow, what a fluke that is.

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REFEREE: Settle down please, thank you.

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Amazing. That type of shot isn't necessarily Marco Fu's strength. He

:48:04.:48:18.

had to hit that pretty hard. It was fairly straight and what an

:48:19.:48:22.

opportunity. Do you remember a shot like that, Steve, many moons ago at

:48:23.:48:34.

the Crucible Theatre. Chris Thorburn went on to -- played that shot and

:48:35.:48:40.

went on to make the maximum break ever at the Crucible Theatre. Judd

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Trump had first opportunity in the last frame to clinch the match. Now

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it is Marco's turn. He has a long way to go. He has only potted a

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couple of balls but it is a chance. The cue ball trundled on a little

:48:55.:49:10.

bit more than he would have wanted. They're certainly not going into the

:49:11.:49:26.

centre of the pocket. I'm looking at his head and body language, he is

:49:27.:49:34.

definitely not on it. If he'd been a bit straighter on that black he

:49:35.:49:38.

could have played it with a bit more force. He chose to play the soft,

:49:39.:49:48.

controlling canon into the pack but the cue ball just snuck behind the

:49:49.:49:53.

red. That is the way he likes to do it but most players would have

:49:54.:49:57.

played it with a lot more pace and that wouldn't have happened there.

:49:58.:50:00.

No, different styles of break building. You can't say that Marco

:50:01.:50:04.

Fu is a slouch in the break-building department. He remind me of the

:50:05.:50:12.

greatray Reardon the way he breaks those. Ray used to be like that,

:50:13.:50:15.

six-times world champion. REFEREE: Marco Fu 22

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APPLAUSE Judd comes back to the table a lot

:50:27.:50:30.

earlier than we expected or would have hoped for.

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I'm just thinking there if Marco had have gone on to win the match after

:50:42.:50:49.

that fluke, it wouldn't have been very fair really but that is the way

:50:50.:50:52.

the game can go at times. Marvellous. He didn't waste any

:50:53.:51:09.

time. Picked out a shot to nothing. Deliberately played short of the

:51:10.:51:13.

ball climb as well giving himself another opportunity.

:51:14.:51:20.

He has potted eight out of 10 long pots this afternoon. This red at the

:51:21.:51:28.

back of the bunch is available. The black's on for the right corner. He

:51:29.:51:32.

missed a similar one but he was putting more pace into it before. He

:51:33.:51:41.

has gone fractionally to that left drawer but always in. Can he get

:51:42.:51:46.

himself on that red next to the black because that would clear the

:51:47.:51:50.

black spot area completely? Where the white is at the moment, if he

:51:51.:51:54.

was there he would be on that red and he has an angle to stun in and

:51:55.:51:59.

leave that red on. He is just looking at other options but he'd

:52:00.:52:04.

like to get that red out of the way if he could. He is trying to work

:52:05.:52:13.

out a way he can go about this break without playing a canon into the

:52:14.:52:17.

pack from the black, I think. Sometimes when the reds are all

:52:18.:52:23.

apart from each other a canon into the pack is not as easy to predict.

:52:24.:52:31.

That's not great. He just about got out from that black cushion. So, big

:52:32.:52:43.

shot. I think he can just drop this in and gate canon and be on one.

:52:44.:52:46.

Yep. Pretty good. He lost control a little bit but he

:52:47.:53:05.

has the option of the red into the middle pocket. It is a great chance.

:53:06.:53:11.

He has certainly gone favourite in the frame.

:53:12.:53:14.

Very nicely done. That is amazing. I'm looking at Judd Trump's 102, 87,

:53:15.:53:29.

67, 79, 53, 112 and there's every chance he is going to lose this

:53:30.:53:36.

unbelievably exciting match. 50 ahead, still plenty of reds

:53:37.:53:40.

available. He has played superbly well, just that black off the spot

:53:41.:53:42.

in the previous frame. Right in the heart of the pocket. 58

:53:43.:53:50.

ahead. He is almost there. Most times in a match the loser goes

:53:51.:54:26.

back and analyses where they went wrong. Not too sure that man there

:54:27.:54:32.

has anything to question about his day's play. You can miss balls but

:54:33.:54:38.

what a great match. Well played.

:54:39.:54:52.

APPLAUSE Stellar performance, Dennis. That

:54:53.:54:56.

shot was hampered. That wasn't straightforward. He is such a cool

:54:57.:54:58.

customer. Amazing. If his name was Luke I'll call him

:54:59.:55:14.

cool hand Luke. He's just stolen the match away from Judd Trump who

:55:15.:55:17.

looked to be in, well, you could argue if he kept that form up he

:55:18.:55:23.

could have won the tournament. What an incredible performance. This is

:55:24.:55:24.

a... APPLAUSE

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You can teach technique all you like but you can't teach match

:55:32.:55:40.

temperament like this. Judd's a very popular player but this crowd here

:55:41.:55:44.

give Marco a terrific reception there when he potted a frame ball.

:55:45.:56:02.

It may be a long time before you see a match of this calibre. It happens

:56:03.:56:13.

all the time in the Masters. There is always something crops up but

:56:14.:56:16.

this has been exceptional. APPLAUSE

:56:17.:56:27.

Could he go on making his third century?

:56:28.:56:37.

He is a very modest young man, is Marco Fu. His coach will be

:56:38.:56:46.

delighted. Terry Griffith's son Wayne is here - Wayne living in Hong

:56:47.:56:51.

Kong and works with Marco out there. He will be absolutely delighted to

:56:52.:56:55.

see his player performing like this. It is just a great win for Marco Fu

:56:56.:57:00.

that keeps his momentum going after doing so well in Scotland.

:57:01.:57:09.

APPLAUSE The crowds absolutely love this. It

:57:10.:57:13.

is a pleasure to commentate on it and it has just been monumental

:57:14.:57:22.

standard. I think both players deserve a standing ovation for this

:57:23.:57:26.

performance. I'm sure they will get it.

:57:27.:57:40.

APPLAUSE j It just doesn't get any better

:57:41.:57:42.

than this. Brown and blue for his third century

:57:43.:57:49.

in the match. That will be the 14th in this year's

:57:50.:58:09.

masters. Absolutely brilliant from Marco Fu.

:58:10.:58:16.

It doesn't matter. What a match these two players have treated you

:58:17.:58:23.

to this afternoon. Both players at the top of their form. One has made

:58:24.:58:29.

two century breaks. The other has made three, they are getting a

:58:30.:58:32.

standing ovation and don't they deserve it. In the end the gentleman

:58:33.:58:37.

Marco Fu win s the match and the deciding frame and it is 6 frames to

:58:38.:58:43.

five. What a fantastic match. A sensational comeback by Marco Fu and

:58:44.:58:47.

he will now play Mark Allen in the quarter finals on Thursday. That is

:58:48.:58:51.

it for now. We are back at 1 o'clock on BBC Two as the two marks go head

:58:52.:58:56.

to head. Two former champions, sell by and Williams. From all of us

:58:57.:58:58.

here, bye for now.

:58:59.:59:00.

Jason Mohammad introduces highlights from Tuesday afternoon's match featuring 2016 semi-finalist Judd Trump against Marco Fu, who failed to win a frame in his opening round in 2016.


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