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
first-round Masters match between Trump and Fu. It's -- Judd Trump and
Marco Fu. It's Judd who leads the head-to-heads but Marco will be full
of confidence after a win in December. Your match commentators
are Steve Davies and Dennis Taylor. DENNIS TAYLOR: Judd won the toss and
it's a good break-off. If Marco can see enough of this red
to the right corner, he might attempt the pot.
It takes a while to get used to this table. It's very fast but looks to
be playing beautifully. STEVE DAVIES: Yeah, very responsive. You
don't have to hit the balls too hard to get them where you want. Oh,
straightaway we might have a little bit of an awkward red with that
frame up the other end of the table. Start of an early stalemate it would
have to be said. Looking at the head-to-heads between
these two players, Judd nine, Marco two, trying to work out if there's
any reason for that other than Judd's a great player. Um, yeah,
perhaps Marco doesn't fare as well against an aggressive, bully-type
player? I don't know, really. I haven't got a clue. But obviously
Marco's in form at the moment so that counts for a lot. Well, this
will count for a lot if this goes in. This is a tough shot he's taking
on here. Almost. Now, where's that red going
to finish? Is the green and brown going could tomorrow to his rescue.
It looks like they may have. I think he's covered both those reds.
A bit of a result there. A risky red. He almost pulled it off, as you
can see there, covered both those reds.
And this is a very tricky cutback that Judd's taking on here.
Well-played, though. APPLAUSE
Well, he could have been forgiven for playing some type of containing,
tactical shot there, but he really did play an aggressive shot. This is
no certainty. Red at the bottom of the pack goes
now though, so... I thought he was hampered by it as
well. Well, that was an unexpected mix. He
had to put quite a bit of power on that. He just didn't deliver the cue
there. You can see a -- you can see, as smoothly as he would have liked.
The cue coming off his hand there. Yeah, it's not the greatest part of
his game. No problem for Judd Trump at the
power game. He does get some action on the cue ball, that's for sure.
That was quite a difficult shot he just pulled off there.
I mean the putt wasn't all that difficult, but it's near the pocket
and, you know, the cue action there to draw that cue ball back...
What a fantastic shot that was, and the chance, if he wants to, to go
into the pack here off the side cushion.
APPLAUSE He's got everything he deserved
here. Fantastic shots he's pulled out. I thought for a minute he was
going to go to the far end and stay there.
Well, just with that one shot, he's opened up the whole of the game
here. There's a chance for Judd to knock
in a sizeable contribution here. Quite a difficult thing to do,
especially on a power shot, to keep everything, keep your head,
perfectly still. I think Marco moves a little bit on
the shot when he delivers the cue as well. It's just a mannerism.
He's a pure, natural player, Judd Trump. Just a natural snooker
talent. He's making light work of this,
though. Great to watch. He seems to have got the pace of the
table very quickly. Frame virtually over. Marco, just
that one mistake - you can't afford to miss blacks off the spot. OK, he
was playing it reverse side. There's Judd switching hands. He's very,
very good with his opposite hand as well. Not quite in the league of
Ronnie O'Sullivan, but he is very good with his opposite hand.
Every chance now of making a century. It's going to be very, very
difficult. But it's something he can just concentrate on now.
He's made a few centuries in his career, 422.
He might be able to develop the last red. He could make a century if this
works out. APPLAUSE
Well, what a way to punish your opponent for a basic mistake.
Yeah, the highest break in this year's Dafabet Masters was made last
evening by Stuart Bingham, 132, but he lost to Joe Perry 6-1. But what a
start for the Juggernaut, as they call him. You know, and even though
the game of snooker, you're playing against the table, not your
opponent, it does seem sometimes against certain opponents you have a
good record and some you don't. Perhaps Judd fancies the job today.
That's century Number 10 in this year's Masters.
APPLAUSE Doesn't matter about the blue. He
got one chance and that was all he needed and that magnificent century
break gave Judd Trump the opening frame. It's 1-0.
There might just be a gap between the blue and pink to flick the reds
and get back down the table. He could have left something a lot
easier than this. It's a horrible situation for Marco
Fu. I'm not too sure what he can do, really. Very low value trying to cut
this red and I don't think he can hold for the black. He might, as
long as he can get his cue down long enough, perhaps he's got a chance. I
thought he was going to have to jack up in the air. He's just about done
it. That would have been very difficult,
had he been up in the air on that shot.
We were talking about his Scottish Open win in the final against John
hilliness. 4-1 down and won eight frames in a row to beat John 9-4.
And John, one of the form players of the season, well, he really is a
superb player, Marco. Still a couple of potential banana
skins going about this break. He's had to play two reds on the top
cushion. Not so much of a pocket to aim for along a cushion, obviously.
He'd like to be high on this black. He doesn't really want to be
straight. He's made four maximum breaks in his
career, Marco. I'll never forget his first Masters
in Scotland. The Scottish Open, I think it was. He won a motor car and
he hadn't even got a licence. Once again, he's not greatly on this
black. If he'd been further up the table on a couple of occasions, it
would have helped him out no end. Now he's got to possibly play a
slightly riskier shot. Got a flick on the red but it was difficult to
get high on that red from that position, as you see.
-- as you can see. It's difficult to get speed on the cue ball from
there. He's got the red into the yellow pocket. This would now be a
147 chance if this goes in. Now the crowd acknowledge this is a
potential chance for a maximum with the round of applause they gave him.
He doesn't have to go into the pack that quickly here.
There's a few reds that, when potted, will open up paths for other
reds. He's left himself a bit straight on the black on a few
occasions. I think he knew immediately. Just
watch his head. He knew straightaway. He was up. He knew he
didn't hit that one correctly. And every chance of the counterattack
now. You could see what that miss meant
to Marco there. But he's left himself awkward here.
It looks to be pretty straight. This is the sort of shot Marco missed in
the opening frame, screwing back, reverse side - probably a little bit
more difficult than that. I know it's a very responsive cloth,
but he made that look very easy indeed.
He's obviously cueing well. He's walking around the table, looks very
focused. If that red, the bottom of the four, goes, that opens things up
nicely. A bit too far? He's not... He's got the slightest of angles and
the red he didn't quite get on - he's got to punch it in to get to
the correct angle, which he has done, and he's played that
perfectly. He's on it this time. How well did he strike that? As you
mentioned a long time ago, the reds were all clearing each other, Steve,
and it's proving the case. He didn't have any cannons to play. As one was
potted, it left a path for another. Excellent shot to get high on that
red. Doesn't need to collide with any other balls here.
This could be an early turning point in this match, because Marco looked
to be well on his way to taking his way, concentrating on All Blacks.
Apart from that one shot he played, where he misjudged the pace, most of
the time, he's been very controlled. Now he can be low on the red to go
up the table for one of the Bob Hawke colours. He's a massive
favourite in this frame now. A big steal.
What a frame to pinch this is. He looked so good. Certainly in that
opening frame, he's cueing really well.
Well, what a cracking frame of snooker this second frame is turning
out to be. Marco Fu on all blacks. Missed one and Judd Trump stepped in
and cleared the remaining balls with that magnificent break of 87 and now
he leads two frames to nil. Bit of a weak break-off from Judd
Trump. Got to be a little bit careful though, Marco. He's got to
pot this because there is a gap round the back of the black, but he
could cannon into a red. He has to pot this, you would feel.
He just missed that. You would say he's OK but with Judd Trump at the
table, you're never sure. You can see the red wobble in the jaws. This
one he's looking at is very, very difficult. This red is a long way up
the cushion, really, to be powering it in. He had a little look at it
but I think he's probably choosing the right now now, the safety.
You see that movement to our left, which makes his cue go across to the
left as well, across the face of the ball, amazing how that happens.
Yeah, one of the great Welsh players - we'll just show you the movement
to the side - but one of the great Welsh players used to move forward a
little bit, Doug Mountjoy. He's Welsh players used to move forward a
too well at the moment, Doug. If you're watching, get well soon. I
know he likes to go to Mark Williams's club and practise every
day. He's not the best at the moment. I'm sure he'll bounce
straight back, knowing Doug. I'm not too sure what he was doing
there. Very aggressive. Was he going for the pot? He misjudged it by some
way. He hit it far too thick. Perhaps the yellow was the way
forward. It would be nice if the pink doesn't
spot for Marco. That's his answer.
Mustn't be touching that red. When the balls are set up at the start of
the match with the triangle of balls and the red at the apex of the pink,
that almost mustn't be touching. Interesting, isn't it? You always
are, Steve, very interesting. That was a pretty poor positional shot
from Marco. He was trying to get on the blue but he left himself
straight on the blue. Can he make a better job of it this time? Decides
to roll through for the black. If he has angle, he might get up to
a red but look at that - he's going to have to force this one in. That's
the trap that no snooker player likes. Oh, he did well there.
APPLAUSE We say that sometimes Marco lacks a
bit of power. He got it all right there on that shot.
He's given himself a chance to keep this going.
Albeit with a spider. I think the thing that stands Marco
in good stead and has done throughout his career - he's got a
fabulous temperament. But that's a shocker he's played there. The only
possible way of keeping the break going now is, as we show you the
poor positional shot - in fact, the double is not even on. If he'd had a
chance, he could have doubled the red and wouldn't have left anything.
What has he spotted? Not a plant coming to the rescue, surely? Oh,
what a bonus this is. What a bonus if this goes in.
And there it is. APPLAUSE
A lot lucky, really. I wouldn't have known that plant was on. Now he
looks to be in a nice position to try and make amends for that last
frame. Judd will be sitting in his chair a bit aggrieved, really.
He's got to take full advantage now of that little bit of good fortune
when suddenly the plant appeared. He doesn't want to do what he did in
the previous frame. A nice little nudge with that last
shot to get the pink into the action as well. He's increasing his
positional possibilities. Well, you've got to fancy him in
from -- him from this position, Dennis. He'd have to do something
careless, or have a kick, or be unlucky.
Not hanging about. Just coming up to the half-hour mark and the third
frame is almost over. There you see it. 64 ahead. One more
red and anything above the yellow will be enough to leave Judd needing
a snooker. Just a quick glance at the scoreboard. The white ball
trundled on a couple more rolls than he wanted.
CROWD GASPS He had a bash at that. I don't think
he needed to. It seemed like he hit that harder than he needed to. I
don't... I couldn't agree more, Steve. He
didn't even get enough screw on it. No wonder he was shaking his head.
Is he going to pay for that mistake? It's not as easy this time. He's
still a strong favourite the way the balls are situated, but the frame
should have been over. Well, this would be a steal. Not so bad with
these reds on the left-hand side cushion for Judd Trump being a
left-hander. Obviously, Marco Fu is hoping they'll cause a problem.
He's only one or two good shots away from making this a relatively easy
clearance. Played for the open red there and
probably going to leave himself an angle to knock that second red away.
Well, every ball going into the middle of the pocket at the moment
is looking very confident. And now, as long as he gets a good
angle on this pink, he should be able to swing across nicely for the
red in the corner, screw back for the blue.
He wasn't on the pink properly. He thought he had an angle.
If he can get nicely anywhere near the circle, with being a
left-hander, he'd be perfect and he's got an angle on the brown to
get over to that position. This looks pretty good. It looks
very good. APPLAUSE
Well, I said Marco Fu had a terrific temperament. If he loses this frame,
what a test that will be, because he should have won this frame and he
should have won the frame He's played this very nicely. That
was the only thing that could have gone wrong there, that blue to
yellow. I say the only thing. Other things
obviously can, but the way he's cued so far, he's made very light work of
this. And this is a massive steal, so much more than the last frame.
He looks very comfortable on the table.
There'll be one more frame before the mid-session interval. Marco's
going to need that badly. He hasn't lost this one yet, but you can't see
Judd making a mistake the way he's cueing. It's just straightforward.
Well, knowing the significance of this frame, you could be forgiven
for being a bit nervous but so far not too much nerves, a bit out of
position. Just this black. Well, it's happened again.
Marco Fu had a break of 64, missed a sitter of a red and had to watch
Judd Trump come to the table and clear up and take the third frame.
It's 3-0. I mean, it's been so fluent. Look at
this - average shot time, just confirming it there, 13 seconds.
There's the average frame time, just over 11 minutes.
And Judd's had a century, Marco 64. Five breaks over 50 in three frames.
It's not like Marco's not been at the able. Look at the pot success
rate, Steve. 97%. He's got a bit of a problem here.
It's a double kiss if he plays safe. What a great shot that was - a
fantastic effort. In some ways, you had to sacrifice possibly running
through but there's a lot of pressure on Marco Fu all of a
sudden. So this red, even though on other occasions, it would be pretty
guaranteed, oh, he's made light work of that. Not just potted it, but got
enough of an angle on the blue that should he want, he can go into the
pack right-hand side of the pink, could open them up, or there is the
loose red at the bottom of the pack. His choice. He's playing for the
loose one. I'm not going to start arguing with
Marco. He's a winner. A lot of players would have gone straight
into the pink there. But, as I mentioned earlier, he's
made 435 centuries in his career, so he knows how to break-build.
This is tough, going into them from here. There's another one still
available, so that helps. But after this one, it's going to start
getting more difficult. Yes, quite a tight pack. And whilst
he couldn't have guaranteed a split from the blue, it's not a guarantee
off the black either. I'd be happy to see that red come
over the middle. And he'll be happy to see a little gap to cue between
the reds. He's not hampered. Plenty of action on this one while it kept
spinning. For a while, it looked like he was going to be in trouble.
So what Marco Fu has obviously got to do is try and win this frame in
this visit. Wary of the fact that Judd Trump is
chomping at the bit for a counter-punch. It's nice if this red
goes next to the pink. 3-1 at the mid-session interval. You
know, he wouldn't feel all that bad because he knows he could quite
easily have won the last two frames. I mean, he made a break of 56 and
lost that, and then 64 and lost the previous frame. It's just cutting
out the little mistakes that he's been making. He hasn't made many
mistakes but they've just been so costly the way Judd's playing.
Topspin applied and he's not hampered. He's OK.
This could turn out to be an absolute cracking match.
Yeah, all of that match play temperament that Marco Fu showed in
coming back against John Higgins he's going to need today.
He's showing an awful lot of character here, isn't he? After
what's just gone before in the previous two frames. So he's been in
first in - well, all three frames. APPLAUSE
That's the frame safe and now he can settle down.
It's going to be roughly 45 minutes for four frames. That's going some,
yeah? If someone said, "How's it going,
Marco?" And he said, "I made breaks of 56, 64 and a possible century,
but I'm 3-1 down." Tough game. Yeah. It remains to be seen whether those
two frames that Judd Trump stole will come into the equation at the
end of the match. One thing is for certain, though -
Marco Fu the balls. APPLAUSE
He's looking every bit as fluent now.
Brilliant from this man. He can't beat the highest break of the event
but still nice to clear the lot. Marco playing a bit of an exhibition
shot there. I can't wait for the second half of
this match. Absolutely fantastic from Marco Fu.
And he looks a bit pleased with himself and so he should be. That
magnificent play there takes him to the mid-session interval but he
trails three frames to one. So far in this match, nearly all of
the unforced errors have come from Marco Fu. He's still potting nicely.
APPLAUSE That brown's nicely over the pocket.
Yeah, it was a poor safety shot from Judd, it has to be said.
That's not the best kiss in the world.
I suppose he had to play it that way.
Didn't have to try and shift everything around and these are not
certainties. A bit wider on the blue than he
wanted, so not trusting to luck this time by going into balls. He's going
to try and keep in open play. He's lost the cue ball a bit there.
I'm sure he wanted to be on the one to the left of the table. Perhaps he
was going for these two down the right-hand side.
He'd be short of pace on those. Good recovery pot, but the wrong
side of the blue. But that red to the left of the bunch is on for him,
if he screws back a couple of feet. Beyond that, as you can see, is the
left side of the blue line there so he has to leave
Yeah. The only trouble with this is a cue ball in this break's been
doing a bit more mileage than he would have wanted.
Trying to get the right side of balls from distance is a bit harder
than when you're close in. Once again, looks to be a bit short on
the blue. A worse scenario is straight.
Can he get to the black? Talked himself into playing that
with a bit of right-hand spin, trying to twist the black in, very
tight. Yeah, I mean trying to play that
with a trace of side was very difficult. He could have rolled the
blue in, you know, and left the red between the blackspot and the black
there - he could have left that. It would have been a tricky pot but he
was asking a little bit much to just bend it slightly to create that
potting angle on the black. Not much Judd Trump could do with
that shot other than get it down the table. Got the pace wrong.
Marco doesn't pot it and now, Judd Trump, should he wish to, can open
the reds up a bit more. You get the feeling that -- feeling that Judd
only needs one chance in a frame. This looks like a good safety shot.
I don't know if he's completely carried it.
Marco can come down the right-hand side of
be careful. This red could sneak out over the left corner.
It almost went right over the corner, as you predicted, Steve. But
look at the cue ball. The length on that is terrific. That is a big
pocket, if he can't get through, to cut the one in that's near the
pocket. The other one is a biggish pocket. But look where the cue ball
is. But there's no easy safety, so he'll have to attempt. He's come up
to look at exactly how this red is lying over the pocket. But you feel
as if he's got a big margin of error on that red that's a bit further up.
But he's playing the safety, or possibly the shot to nothing.
He's got a good cue ball if it keeps running. Oh, what a shot this is!
APPLAUSE That's a fascinating situation,
isn't it? Perhaps the Judd Trump of old would have automatically got
down and played the big pocket shot, as we would call it in the game, but
Judd is showing some maturity and perhaps just waiting for a better
chance, not... Panicking at the first opportunity. And he's put the
pressure on Marco here. Can Marco lay on the pack? It's not much of a
pack. difficult to get through to the red
that is over the pocket. He is trying to see if he can come off a
couple cushions but this is so tough here. It is not a bad effort if he
misses the pink, it might be in the pocket though but it is not a bad
effort. How has he not hit the red and knocked on into the pocket. It
is going to be called. The ultimate miss there. If anything wasn't a
miss it was that. Of course, it is a miss. Can he find that angle again.
It is going to be difficult. The referee is allowed to not call a
misunderstooder those circumstances but the modern-day way is that you
automatically call it. He has got it this time and he has got away with
it. Well, almost got away with it. This red will pot. Not easy but it
will go. All of a sudden - I say it wasn't
easy and all of a sudden from being in a terrible position Marco is back
at the table and in with a chance. I think the reason he did get away
with it was Judd Trump was expecting an easy opportunity with that and
all of a sudden he comes to the table with a bit more pressure on
him than he thought was possible. That is the first relatively easy
ball I think Judd has missed. But that escape of Marco's he lad to go
so close to the -- he lad to go so close to the pink to have any chance
of hitting the red. That was pinpoint accuracy. You won't see a
better escape than that. Watch how close he goes to the pink
here. Just slides past the pink. Amazing.
This is his third attempt to win this frame in open play. You'd
expect him to convert this chance. Just about getting the right side of
the colour. Looked a bit lazy that cue ball as it came back.
Well, he's carrying on where he left off before the mid-session interval
is Marco. As I say, he showed an awful lot of character after losing
two frames where he made breaks of 56 and 64 to bounce back with 130.
This is the longest frame of the match so far but the balls did go a
little awkward. I think he didn't panic when he was
3-0 down because of what he did to John Higgins in the Scottish Open
final. That's always going to be in the back of your mind so you don't
tend the panic and he didn't. It's two in a row to just be one behind.
I did mention before the mid-session interval I thought this could be an
absolutely cracking match. It could prove to be because they're both
playing really well. Both 95% with their pot success rate. Terrific
stuff. This crowd's been royally entertained here in the Aly Paly
this afternoon. They've currently got the same pot
success rate, although it doesn't feel like that for some reason. It
feels like Marco has made more mistakes.
That's another fabulous clearance there from Marco Fu. Breaks of 130
and that break of 88 - he is only one behind now and it is 3-2 to Judd
Trump. He hit that so thick, he should have
been behind the yellow again. What damage has he done here? You have to
say even though there is a lot of red clustered at the top of the
table it is a chance for 5-2. Not that. Oh, OK. Marco's hope is
that after messing his shot up - I don't think he even hit the right
red - he's just going to hope that because there is a big traffic jam
up the top that Judd Judd doesn't get a good result off this shot.
Well, there's always plenty of traffic jams around Alship Paly, not
far off the North Circular. He has a red in the top corner and that pink
is begging to be potted so he has an escape route for this jam.
He didn't take any time at all to work that shot out. Looped it around
the black and all of a sudden it has opened up into a genuine
frame-winning chance. Wasting no time at all. Amongst the
balls he seems to be supremely confident.
First minor mistake. That will be a bit further away from this red but
you can't really call it a true mistake. This red is far enough away
from the cushion that he won't have any problems potting it. The
positional play's a little bit more difficult.
Just lost the cue ball. It's the type of situation reminiscent of a
shot Alex Higgins played in that magnificent clearance against Jimmy
White in '82. Pot the blue to the side cushion and then screw back to
the top cushion but he has got a much easier pink. If it goes in
positionally anyway. It goes in, great shot. He's lost the cue ball
I think that shot wasn't available to him the Alex Higgins special, he
was Hamped by all the other reds and colours. He would have had to lean
over them. Mean while. He only just dropped the pink and because he
dropped it, it hasn't don't far enough. That is very tight. He
talked himself into it. For a minute - I don't think it goes Dennis, it
really doesn't go. I'm telling you it doesn't go. I believe you, Steve,
I believe you. He's never going to play it.
Well - trouble is, I'm not sure what other shots he plays.
He will have a play a safety shot to there. Whatever he decides he is a
strong favourite because he is 59 in front. He only needs a red and any
colour. A bit short paced but... APPLAUSE
Makes it a bit easier for Marco Fu to put in a good safety.
Things in - ooh, a nasty flick. Nice for Marco. Just got to be a wee bit
careful if he is going to land on these reds because he could leave a
pot on. If he plans to just nestle on one of the reds to the left, you
can see that is the snookering shadow you are looking at there. If
he just nestles on one on the left side of the table he can leave one
along the cushion. Just got to be a wee bit careful here.
I think I'd rather play it slow than put any pace in. He has the black
tied up as it is. This way he could shift the black out.
Although he might not be able to control the cue ball. Not to his
liking. That green's a bit of a problem, perhaps. He stunned it
enough to miss the green. The crowd like it. Marco won't. It
came a bit too far. How's your luck, Marco? He could
have done without missing the pink and coming up and just merging the
black, he would have been OK. He looked as if he was going to get
straight down and try and cut this in but he's had second thoughts
because this is just a massive frame for him. He has to win this 5-2,
very little chance. If he is going to play the safety shot he really
should play the one on the left of the table, I think, because that
clears and opens the black a bit better. So the black's availability
to the right corner... I think I preferred the other safety shot.
That's a terrific return from Judd Trump though.
APPLAUSE that's where his game really has
improved, Steve. His safety game has certainly improved. That's
effectively where Marco could have put Judd, I think. It is tough. Can
Marco sort it out? This has got to be thin. There's the danger of the
thin one. Has he got the blue coming to his rescue? Yes.
Judd's seething at the moment thinking he has got away with that.
Judd is actually saying, "That's just lucky." Put the red right over
the pocket. That's a fantastic shot.
APPLAUSE That's a pretty good one as well.
APPLAUSE Exceln't judgment of pace there from
Marco. On these very fast tables the cue ball just lazily gets back
before the ball climb. It's just kept itself away from that
corner pocket enough to at the very least give Marco a problem. Might he
be possibly tempted for the double here? Yeah. It is a thin one, is it?
Good shot. APPLAUSE
What a brave double although he is only -- he is only left the red he
is missing because he played the cue ball in a clever way. We have seen
Judd steal frames, this will be another one.
This is the key shot. He could bring both reds into play. He would
certainly love to develop one of them into a nice potable position
but make sure. Don't take your eye off the
This is a tricky little one. He is close to the red. He can drop it in,
the black is available. He has to fully commit and just roll this
along the cushion. This is such a key shot. This is 4-3 or 5-2
arguably. But this is the important mopping
up, the ones you're expected to get. Well, earlier in the match in frame
two and three Marco had to sit in his seat and watch Judd Trump clear
up and pinch both frames. And Judd Trump will be sitting in his chair
thinking that Marco Fu's got away with this. That one red he left over
the pocket and just got a fortunate snooker behind the blue. Couldn't
have accounted for that. That's the difference. He has got to clear that
from his mind because he is still playing great snooker. Tough at the
top. Well the stand yard continues. He
has just gone a little bit too far. We have taken it for granted they
are potting all these colours but the tension is there. The tricky
little one is the brown to blue. He is leaving himself distance, not
enough angle to go around the table. So lifeline for Judd Trump.
He did pretty good with that but this is still the finish one.
What another cracking frame of snooker! These boys are treating us
to some fabulous snooker here this afternoon. They are keeping
themselves right in this year's masters. Marco Fu is only one behind
now, 4-3 to Judd Trump. I'm certainly enjoying every minute
of this match. The breaks have been fantastic. Judd Trump has had 182,
39, 53 and Marco has had 56, 64, two frames he lost and he has had 130,
88 and 58. Brilliant stuff. He has come up a little bit short and maybe
the red's going to come to his rescue. I don't think he can get
through to the one you can barely see there. He can.
I'm not sure what Marco is looking at here. He has to be careful with
it. I think he is going to play off the side cushion to keep the white
ball in the jaws of the top corner pocket and just checking whether he
fancies Judd's going to go for a pot. He has changed his mind. This
doesn't look very good. He has overhit it, I think. No, he is OK.
He thought he'd overhit it. Perhaps that does go, I don't know. He has.
A genuine chance. It is a bit easier than I thought it was first glance.
Judd will be disappointed he missed that. He has made a great effort to
get position on the black as well. Psychology plays such a big part in
the game of snooker. Judd would have been thinking in the last frame,
"I'm going 5-2 in front here." It looked odds on he was going to do
that and then all of a sudden he is back and he is just one in front. It
is just keeping yourself sitting in your chair in the correct, positive
frame of mind. It needs an awful lot of work mentally to be able to do
that. I'm thinking this whole match,
Dennis, I don't want to bring it up really, but I don't think we have
had one kick. Can't think of one, can you? The balls have been playing
wonderfully. The table is in good condition. I don't think it has been
a problem throughout the tournament so far. Once the players start
trusting the balls to this level the stand yard could go through the
roof. I think the stand yard from all the players has been superb but
they are the top 16 players in the world. You are playing a one-table
venue, no distractions. That's why we're seeing such a high stand yard.
That -- standard. That's why we are seeing some terrific crowds so far.
We are only in day three and the place has been packed most days.
They love their snooker in this part of the world but, of course, we have
met people from all over the country that have attended from different
parts of the world also. A heavy contact there but he is OK.
I told you not to mention, kick. That is the first one, I think.
Obvious ly as the table gets more and more finger marks and roughed up
they may have an effect. The table is brushed and ironed -
well at least brushed - in the interval.
Highest break here of the tournament. He won't necessarily be
thinking about that. He has the frame on his brain.
Didn't get that ideally right but he got the gap. Perfect! Couldn't have
asked for better. Her's a prediction, even with that
red on the side cushion it looks pretty acute into the middle pocket.
Highest break of the tournament coming up now. That's a big
prediction, Steve. The way he is playing you wouldn't put it past him
but the main thing is to secure the frame and get himself back all
square and from 3-0 down. That is quite an achievement. But this high
standard continues. Marco just had a quick glance round
and he knows if he pots this red Judd will need a snooker.
132 is the highest break this year. Stew yart Bingham got that last wake
when he ended up losing 6-1 to Joe Perry.
I don't suppose losing 6-1, you'd be disappointed, but he had a new baby
daughter on Saturday so he would have been glad to get back home,
Stuwart Bingham to see Michelle and Marney Rose, his lovely daughter
that was born on Saturday. Not great on the black.
Best he could do there. So lost ideal position. Can he hold for the
blue? Too wide for that. So a lower scoring colour, dropping a few
points. While he is mopping these up, it is
getting to the stage where he may make the highest break of the event
but it may not end up staying that. A nice little prize for the high
break, ?10,000. Possibly a 136. Well, there is
another mag tiff sent, sentry. It is Marco's second -- magnificent,
century. It is Marco's second. That's not great. Can he recover the
situation? It is going to be difficult now.
That is 12 centuries so far on day 3.
Not quite, what a shame. A fabulous effort and that century break has
got the man from Hong Kong all square. It is 4 frames each. What a
match. REFEREE: Thank you, settle down
please now. It is nice to have the atmosphere
and a bit of noise in between frames but not on the shot. It was tried a
few years ago to play the game of snooker with lots of noise during
play. It doesn't work at this game. I'm not sure what happened there.
Did he just take his eye off it slightly? He was only dropping it in
and walked away very quickly. Let's just have a look. He was
playing a delicate little canon and we have seen that quite a few times,
the player just takes their eye off a the pot. This could really open
this up. There is plenty of loose reds but knowing Judd he will try to
open even more of them up. Just depends. He's certainly done that,
that's for sure. Great shot from Judd Trump there.
Knowing full well it wasn't guaranteed position off a ball in
the jaws of the pocket anyway. Decided to be highly aggressive.et
once again, this shot as well. Opening more reds up and now look at
them. Two shots later he has got the frame at his mercy.
Absolutely dead straight as you can see but not a problem for Judd.
He knew he was going to back contact with that red when he screwed back
but it was thin enough. Judd Trump marks the balls. He looks
to be in fantastic form. We still have no real idea about the outcome
of this match but how often do you play so well? How often do you play
so well with still the potential to come unstuck. I'd have to say I
think he has the edge over Marco Fu today but the frame scores don't say
that. You say that but if you think about
a couple of blacks that Marco's missed that's cost him he could have
already won the match, that is how well he has played even though he
has made a few elementary mistakes. They have both put on an
unbelievable display for us here this afternoon. It really is a treat
to watch and another break of over 50. There has been a break of over
50 in every single flame. -- frame. A bit short of pace but he only
needs this and a colour. He would be delighted with the
outcome of that. It was a little bit risky. Could have easily gone in off
there. If he'd have caught that red a fraction thicker.
That's to win the frame. APPLAUSE
arguably this is to win the frame. Absolutely stunning this snooker
we're watching here this afternoon. It's been a fascinating match in as
much as Judd is just drilling them but Marco has been playing great
rear guard action, really digging in. Even though it has been all fast
and furious it is a clash of styles to some degree. Different storylines
unfolding. Marco's made two centuries in this
match so far. Judd Trump, now that he has moved that red has a chance
to make his second century break. You just run out of words to
describe what we are watching here this afternoon.
Judd made 40 centuries last season and he has made 34 so far this
That's the 13th century in this year's Dafabet Masters.
There's a bit of naughty snooker from Judd Trump. He is not going to
bother with the black. What a fabulous response from Judd Trump. A
beautiful century break and he gets himself back into the lead but he
still needs one more. It is 5-4 to Judd Trump.
Perhaps he was playing to shift the black. I think he was playing the
big pocket. Is the cross double on? It could
possibly the arm. He is looking at the pot. It is far too risky but the
cross double could be on. He could play the safety shot as well. He is
now coming around to look at that. There you go. Not too sure if that
really helps but he sort of lines to telegraph what I'm trying to do,
just in case it goes in, it's not a fluke.
Here it comes. Yeah, but look at the cue ball. Didn't want the canon on
the brown. Is there a possible long-range
two-ball plant. Has Judd just seen it? There it goes. He has the shot
to nothing and possibly getting in behind the brown.
A bit short of pace. Perhaps he was hoping if he potted it, he'd get
position. That's aggressive. This is a bit dangerous. I thought
he was playing the other red. I take that back. Great shot. I thought he
was playing the red below. That was going to push towards the black.
APPLAUSE Yeah, that's a beauty. He has
blocked off a path back to the safy zone. -- safety zone.
It is not great to have to play into this left-hand corner and leave the
cue ball in the jaw because there are reds that do pot into the right
middle. Not nice. Judd may be coming off the
top cushion here with a bit of side to try and flick a red and get back
down the table. That is an option he has been looking at. He is standing
down the line of this. He can have a couple of goes at it.
He has got a fair chance of getting this right. Excellent job.
APPLAUSE A bit more pace and it would have
been excellent. This is a possibility.
APPLAUSE It has come too far. He couldn't
keep that cue ball from trundling down. Well, the black, Dennis, and
then the white ball is going to do some work. It is going to go up and
down the table, if he makes sure of the pot and doesn't canon the green
it will come back up towards the red but it is a thin one but he will
take it on. He has the easy red behind the brown but he can't refuse
this black. I don't think you can play it slow. He is. Danger. Great
Very unlucky with that kiss. That's a tough shot to play that. It could
easily have gone offline that. A nasty kiss has left this shot
One could pot here and one good positional shot and he could be
right in amongst them. There is the pot and this looks pretty good. It
needs to pull up a little bit to leave that red straightish. He has
played it perfectly. APPLAUSE
Marco Fu has played some fantastic pressure shots and played them just
stroking the ball in, which is much easier to power or puncture a
pressure shot in. But he is supremely confident coming off the
back of that victory in Scotland. What a match this would be for him
to win. Really up against it for most of the day. Well, what a frame
this would be for him to win to take it into the decider. You just don't
know how it is going to go. A bit fiddly around the back of this
red. Or in between red and black. No, around the back.
I'm not too sure he is ideally placed, is he? Perhaps it is a bit
straighter than it looks. Yeah, he can screw it back in.
APPLAUSE Any wider and he would have
struggled. A great opportunity. Judd Trump first in in this frame.
He messed up an ideal position so he can't complain. It has been punch
and counter punch all day long. Yeah, I thought Judd was going to go
on and clinch the match but he missed the black off the spot. He
hasn't missed many in this match but he got that all wrong.
Just the pace took that into the pocket. Any harder and it would have
wobbled and stayed out. Let's look at this just going in off the jaw
there. It is not a clear run to the winning
post in this frame. What sort of angle has he got on the
black? It looks perfect. He doesn't like it. I thought - I
thought that went but perhaps not. He's not ready yet. I don't think he
is in position yet. He is just judging it. He played one earlier
where he thought he could pot the black but he hit the red before the
black. Well, if it is this tight, it is a big decision to risk playing it
because he ideally would like to play that red by the pink to free
it. This red does pot but not from the
position he was in. If he plays a bit higher up the table he will be
able to pot it easily. It is too difficult to go into the explanation
for that but if he plays it shorter - he decided not to. He's got the
flick. The cue ball has just enough power.
Justice red really. You would expect him to get on a colour.
Oh kick, but he's still got the pot. He is relieved. What a way that
would have been to have lost a match in the masters because that kick
almost spoiled things for Marco Fu but somehow with the kick the red
still managed to get into the pocket. He thought he'd missed it
when he got the heavy contact. The reason why...
APPLAUSE The reason why I think he got the
pot was because he put a bit of right-hand spin on it, which can
sometimes negate the kick, so to speak. That is one of the reasons
why sometimes you don't play cuts with plain ball. I will tell you one
thing, Steve, the two boys in the studio will have a big, big smile on
their face because they both predicted 5-4 either way. One of
them is going to be right. Well, one of these players is going to lose
this match and whichever one it is, is fully justified in going outside
and smashing their head against the wall because it has just been such a
fantastic game. An exhibition-type shot from Marco Fu. This has been a
delight. I have enjoyed every single minute. What a standard they have
produced. They have both had two century breaks. Judd had a chance to
close the match out. Doesn't matter about the pink. It is the man from
Hong Kong is still in it. He takes that frame with that break of 80. We
are all square. 5 frames each. You can't beat a decider.
What a reception both players got when they had the traditional
handshake before a final-frame decider. Not the best break-off from
Judd. Where's the red going? Where is that
red ball? Wow, what a fluke that is.
REFEREE: Settle down please, thank you.
Amazing. That type of shot isn't necessarily Marco Fu's strength. He
had to hit that pretty hard. It was fairly straight and what an
opportunity. Do you remember a shot like that, Steve, many moons ago at
the Crucible Theatre. Chris Thorburn went on to -- played that shot and
went on to make the maximum break ever at the Crucible Theatre. Judd
Trump had first opportunity in the last frame to clinch the match. Now
it is Marco's turn. He has a long way to go. He has only potted a
couple of balls but it is a chance. The cue ball trundled on a little
bit more than he would have wanted. They're certainly not going into the
centre of the pocket. I'm looking at his head and body language, he is
definitely not on it. If he'd been a bit straighter on that black he
could have played it with a bit more force. He chose to play the soft,
controlling canon into the pack but the cue ball just snuck behind the
red. That is the way he likes to do it but most players would have
played it with a lot more pace and that wouldn't have happened there.
No, different styles of break building. You can't say that Marco
Fu is a slouch in the break-building department. He remind me of the
greatray Reardon the way he breaks those. Ray used to be like that,
six-times world champion. REFEREE: Marco Fu 22
APPLAUSE Judd comes back to the table a lot
earlier than we expected or would have hoped for.
I'm just thinking there if Marco had have gone on to win the match after
that fluke, it wouldn't have been very fair really but that is the way
the game can go at times. Marvellous. He didn't waste any
time. Picked out a shot to nothing. Deliberately played short of the
ball climb as well giving himself another opportunity.
He has potted eight out of 10 long pots this afternoon. This red at the
back of the bunch is available. The black's on for the right corner. He
missed a similar one but he was putting more pace into it before. He
has gone fractionally to that left drawer but always in. Can he get
himself on that red next to the black because that would clear the
black spot area completely? Where the white is at the moment, if he
was there he would be on that red and he has an angle to stun in and
leave that red on. He is just looking at other options but he'd
like to get that red out of the way if he could. He is trying to work
out a way he can go about this break without playing a canon into the
pack from the black, I think. Sometimes when the reds are all
apart from each other a canon into the pack is not as easy to predict.
That's not great. He just about got out from that black cushion. So, big
shot. I think he can just drop this in and gate canon and be on one.
Yep. Pretty good. He lost control a little bit but he
has the option of the red into the middle pocket. It is a great chance.
He has certainly gone favourite in the frame.
Very nicely done. That is amazing. I'm looking at Judd Trump's 102, 87,
67, 79, 53, 112 and there's every chance he is going to lose this
unbelievably exciting match. 50 ahead, still plenty of reds
available. He has played superbly well, just that black off the spot
in the previous frame. Right in the heart of the pocket. 58
ahead. He is almost there. Most times in a match the loser goes
back and analyses where they went wrong. Not too sure that man there
has anything to question about his day's play. You can miss balls but
what a great match. Well played.
APPLAUSE Stellar performance, Dennis. That
shot was hampered. That wasn't straightforward. He is such a cool
customer. Amazing. If his name was Luke I'll call him
cool hand Luke. He's just stolen the match away from Judd Trump who
looked to be in, well, you could argue if he kept that form up he
could have won the tournament. What an incredible performance. This is
You can teach technique all you like but you can't teach match
temperament like this. Judd's a very popular player but this crowd here
give Marco a terrific reception there when he potted a frame ball.
It may be a long time before you see a match of this calibre. It happens
all the time in the Masters. There is always something crops up but
this has been exceptional. APPLAUSE
Could he go on making his third century?
He is a very modest young man, is Marco Fu. His coach will be
delighted. Terry Griffith's son Wayne is here - Wayne living in Hong
Kong and works with Marco out there. He will be absolutely delighted to
see his player performing like this. It is just a great win for Marco Fu
that keeps his momentum going after doing so well in Scotland.
APPLAUSE The crowds absolutely love this. It
is a pleasure to commentate on it and it has just been monumental
standard. I think both players deserve a standing ovation for this
performance. I'm sure they will get it.
APPLAUSE j It just doesn't get any better
than this. Brown and blue for his third century
in the match. That will be the 14th in this year's
masters. Absolutely brilliant from Marco Fu.
It doesn't matter. What a match these two players have treated you
to this afternoon. Both players at the top of their form. One has made
two century breaks. The other has made three, they are getting a
standing ovation and don't they deserve it. In the end the gentleman
Marco Fu win s the match and the deciding frame and it is 6 frames to
five. What a fantastic match. A sensational comeback by Marco Fu and
he will now play Mark Allen in the quarter finals on Thursday. That is
it for now. We are back at 1 o'clock on BBC Two as the two marks go head
to head. Two former champions, sell by and Williams. From all of us
here, bye for now.
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.