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Hello. It is semifinals day here in the Daph best Masters. Our defending
chavm, Ronnie O'Sullivan, in the semifinal, and still on a that ject
write as the rocket -- trajectory as a Rocket that might take him to a
record 7 victories. Now, it was Marco Fu who is facing them. This is
a man who is arguably in the career form of his life! He'd made four
centuries to get into this semifinal, and this promised to be
the match-up of the day. It was watched by Stephen Hendry and Dennis
Taylor. Can Marco start the match with a
long pot? APPLAUSE
He is OK. So he's got a couple of loose reds. He is on a clear. So, an
early chance. Can he continue playing in the form that he showed
us throughout the week, Stephen? Since the UK Championship, when he
was - I think it was a green or the brown, with the rest away of beating
Ronnie in the semifinal of that event, since then, I think he's had
a couple of tweaks technically Might get a chance to see a slightly
longer back swing than normal. He is starting to look the real deal when
it comes to the biggens. I mean, he's always been a fantastic player.
Everyone in snooker knows that, but he would sort of go maybe one or two
months, you know, of playing well and then disappear. If he keeps
playing like this he will be competing at every big event. A
nice, aggressive shot. Might just be OK, you know. Caught the pink half
ball, instead of fall ball. I think the white might cannon into the
pink, which couldn't be a bad thing. It looks a natural... Well, he's
taking - this is much more difficult, the one he is taking, to
stay on the black. Oh. He didn't... CROWD:
JEERING I thought he may have taken the
other one which was an easier pot. Yeah. Aggressive red to take.
Started off straight into the bunch straightaway. Maybe that's his plan
- take the game to Ronnie. APPLAUSE
That's a very good shot. The fact he's covered the red that's near the
right corner. He had the yellow and the blue there to use as Snookering
balls, and he played it well. Can particular # -- can Marco return the
compliment? No. He's just playing dead weigh. But he still covered
that red that's near the pocket. Nicely picked out there, but a bit
of pressure on the next pot. He's certainly opened the reds up, if
this blue goes in. A great chance. CROWD: Oh! A bit of pressure on that
one early on in the match. Still expected Ronnie to knock that
in. But it is the opening frame. This is a nice opportunity now for
Marco Fu. Maybe just taking a few moments just to calm down. Such a
massive entrance for both players at the semifinal. Important he plays at
his own pace. Getting the blue back up on to its
own spot will help the situation, because the pink's out of
commission. Marco turned professional in 1997 and based
himself in Scotland. Well, he was with your team at the time. Did you
used to practice with him at Spencer's Club that is no longer
there now in Stirling? Yeah. There was two or three professionals. Used
to have some games with Marco. He's always been a big solo practiser.
Doesn't practice a lot with other players. Used to have the odd game.
He used to be... 3, 4, 5 frames and he would just never miss.
Of course, he learned the game in Canada. He was based out there for a
while. Goes without saying the red to the
right of the black is the one he wants to move. Wants the black
available to both corner pockets. A nice angle. The red directly above
the black. He will want to cannon that. He will want to play it at a
decent pace, because there's every chance he could snooker himself on
the red to the right corner. Played it a little bit harder.
I have just got a feeling today it will probably be a high-scoring
match. So, chances like this, taking them at your first opportunity, I
think, are going to be very important.
O'Sullivan hasn't been in his best-scoring form this week, but you
get the feeling it is going to come out sooner or later. I think it will
have to today, Dennis, for him to meet Marco. Absolutely. And the fact
he missed that medium-length blue. That is an early worrying sign.
Because Marco's going to take full advantage. He's had to have two
chances in this frame. He missed a red along the black cushion here.
Had he knocked the long blue in, I am sure he would have gone on - this
is the blue. Had he have potted that I'm sure he would have made a
sizable break. Yeah. You mentioned, Dennis, the first frame. But
normally we're used to seeing O'Sullivan start so quickly.
So that black is the first frame. APPLAUSE
Yeah. He's made 439 centuries in this career. That's terrific! 41
centuries last season. APPLAUSE
Already on 31 this season. APPLAUSE
The kiss on the black's OK. Where we've had 20 centuries so far in
this year's Masters. APPLAUSE
I will tell you what - if you want to get a crowd on the side - this is
the way you do it. Oh! He's missed it.
CROWD: Oh! He's missed it. Unlucky! Almost a certain century. What a
start for the man from Hong Kong. Ronnie missed that blue and that was
tend of the frame -- that was the end of the frame. Marco Fu leads
It isn't a snooker. He can see the one to the left. If he takes this
pot on - he will have to because there is no easy safety shot - we
saw him miss a blue which cost him the opening frame. Can he knock this
one in? CROWD: Oh! No! Marco Fu can punish
Ronnie. He will still be thinking about that poor positional shot he
played when it looked like he was going to make quite a big break.
This wasn't easy. Early in the second frame, but this
is a massive visit to the table for Marco Fu.
Such a psychological game, snooker, at the top level. You can put one on
your opponent early on... This is where he just ran a little
bit too far. Very annoyed with himself. Yeah. I think he was trying
to play the cannon on the red to the right. This is... Just didn't get
the side. Just playing those little left-hand side, just cannon the red
to the right there, as the cue ball goes past it. Very unlike
O'Sullivan. He needs the black back on that spot
in a couple of shots' time. The reason I say that is that red that's
on the cushion, it will be a lot easier to get on to the black if it
was sitting on its own spot. Yeah. Dennis, so important not to leave
that red until last. Every chance you don't get on to it properly,
then you have to play safe. So, I would be playing for it now. Screw
off the side cushion. Well, he's not done... He can play now the thread
he is playing now, finish high on the black and then play for the red
on the cushion. Travelled too far. Nope, he's fine.
So, this is a shot for the frame, Dennis, you feel. Just has to drop
it in dead weight, and give the pocket a chance. We have seen a lot
easier black than this. Wenbo had to knock O'Sullivan out of this year's
Masters, and he just hit it a little too hard. But this is much tougher.
So dead weight will give the pocket a chance. You have got the perfect
picture there. No! No!
CROWD: Oh! APPLAUSE
Now, that is quite a big turning point so early on in this match.
Provided Ronnie goes on and takes the frame.
Just a little awkward with the pink sitting on the yellow spot. So, he
might even play for the pink this time.
A big opportunity missed, though, by Marco Fu.
If you touch the cushion and you don't usually see any reaction from
Marco, but he knew that was a big shot that he just missed there.
Green, brown and blue will be enough.
Yeah, what it's done, by Marco missing that opportunity, is it's
given Ronnie O'Sullivan the chance to forget all about that frame,
because he's won it. If Marco wins it... Then he still thinks about it.
Quite a tense frame this second frame!
APPLAUSE In the send Ronnie O'Sullivan - not
surprised he is leaving the arena. Lost his cool. He got the chance and
took it. It's been a fascinating start to
this semifinal. Oh! What was that, Marco? A long way
short. Well, maybe he can't see enough of
the red that's just to the right of the black to cut it in. The other
red's preventing that. The red the left side of the table
is just a little awkward for the safety shot. You have to make sure
you don't cannon into that on the way back down. That's why he's not
coming off the side of the pack. He may attempt this, to get on to the
black as a shot to nothing. Now, just a... Straightforward up and
down safety shot. APPLAUSE
An opportunity to drop the thread in for the black.
That's Marco's daughter there. Isn't she beautiful?
That's your daddy out there playing, and I think she's just seen herself
on the screen. Yeah! LAUGHS
Yeah, Marco smiling up at his family, but he has to get his mind
on the job. Semifinal of the Masters, one frame each, against
Ronnie O'Sullivan. APPLAUSE
Little bit of a stalemate now that red has gone up the other end of the
table. Not a lot for Ronnie to play, only just roll into the reds and we
might - possibly - get a rerack. What has he spotted here? Just a gap
to get him back to the cushion. APPLAUSE
Played that well. Just take a few shots to resolve
this situation. Yes. As long as the cue ball keeps
getting up to the cushion, there isn't a lot you can do. If the cue
ball is away from the cushion, you can play a more aggressive shot, you
can open the reds up and bring the kaubl back. But even -- cue ball
back. But even that, you are sometimes knocking the red into one
of the middle pockets. So, it could be a while here.
Enjoying this kind of snooker? Wasn't your favourite type of frame,
this. Neither player will like this, but sometimes the run like that, and
you get the balls up the other end of the table... But what does happen
when a player gets in, there is going to be plenty of reds there to
score from. Now, that one to the left-middle is quite a risky one,
but... He's had a quick look at it, and he's decided definitely against
taking it on. But that's a bit careless. He's made a complete hash
of the safety there. OK. A little bit unluck I yes. You inform know
where the reds are going to finish but he didn't get the white where he
wanted. Now the chance is there for Marco.
Marco has just put himself in a bit of trouble here.
Doon he might have to play a safety shot off the green and go off the
black with the cue ball. One of the golden chances let slip there.
APPLAUSE When you bring the cue ball back to
the black cushion, there's always chances with middle pockets. Ronnie
has done that with the last two shots now. Again here, no good
afternoon tee where the -- guarantee where the cue ball will end up. Just
make sure of the pot. He will settle for that.
It isn't a gimmee, this blue, but there is pressure on it with the way
the reds are situated. But get this in, and what an opportunity.
APPLAUSE Didn't cue that smoothly as he was
in the first frame. Popped it in the right-hand side of the pocket, and
didn't get correctly on the red. That is why he is having to play
this around the angles. Overscrewed it slightly. He wanted
to be straighter on this brown. Shouldn't be a problem.
He is going to have to pot an awful lot of balls here to get a sizable
number of points. Because they're all low-value colours.
He's had a look at that just to see what's available there. So, he's way
ahead of himself. And he feels that maybe he can drop the blue and he's
back looking at that red to the right of the pink. And it looks as
if it's on. That just shows you far ahead the
player's thinking. It is usually a couple of shots. Rarely more than
three shots ahead, four shots. You are just playing the cue ball into
an area each time, but you weigh up the table and you know that it's
going to be there, and he had looked at this red about three shots ago.
Didn't get into the kaubl # cue ball like -- cue ball like he wanted. He
wanted to be much straighter on this blue. This is now awkward. He's
playing a cannon on a red directly above the blue. It will go around,
but he's had natural angle... So... A little bit fortunate to have that
natural angle. They seem to be all covering each
other, the four reds around the pink. He's potted seven reds, but
he's only accumulated 34 points because he's had to take
lower-valued colours. Just going slightly to the left side
of the pocket, but he can make that. APPLAUSE
I think it is important for Marco to win this frame now, just to forget
that red that he missed along the cushion. That could have given him a
2-0 lead. But he's always been blessed with a terrific temperament
also. That was an awkward frame at the
start with the reds going up the other end of the table. And then the
end, Ronnie attempting to get back to the black. Well, he did do but he
left one to the middle. It's the frame well and truly saved now.
APPLAUSE Be of 11. The interval still after
four frames. Yep, daddy's clearing up. That is
his wife Shirley who is there with their daughter.
APPLAUSE Almost made a century in the opening
frame. He's got another chance here. I have noticed Ronnie is looking at
the tip of his cue there. I know he... He made a gesture as if he was
going to bite the tip off, but I think that was a bit of
You would have to say from Marco Fu, this is great stuff. Yeah, he's
looking very composed again. That's his fifth century. Absolutely
terrific stuff from the man from Hong Kong and in he goes. Absolutely
secure. This third frame. Marco leads and Ronnie has left the arena
and I'm wondering if there's a slight problem with the tip. We'll
find out shortly. How will he react to the new tip. If anyone can do it,
Ronnie O'Sullivan can do it. He seems to be just able to get the tip
on and not the sort of thing that the player would want but he's
pretty good at doing it. The way that they make tips these days. 15
or 20 years ago, it used to take me three or four days to knock a tip
in. They seem to be able to make them a lot firmer. You can get
grades of how firm the tip is and the last time that I had it last
year, I was able to play with it straightaway. It is just the way
that the tips are made now. Not quite the drama I think that
everyone is making out. But still in a semifinal of a major event, not
ideal. Meanwhile, Marco has made a terrific breakoff shot.
It's not going to be hard enough. Coming up a little bit short so I
suppose on that type of shot, difficult to judge at the best of
times. Well, you would say, a a we bit of pressure on whoever put the
tip on, wouldn't you. We thought that he would take the
double on and he wouldn't leave anything. Only the red that he was
trying to double and he has left it. So a little bit of a tester, a long
pot. Let's see if he can knock this in and give himself a little bit of
confidence in that new tip. APPLAUSE
Judging by the sounds that made, it's a little bit on softer side.
Coming up a little bit short but can still play the cannon. Yes, as if he
wasn't happy with the tip that was on it and you now he finds a tip
that he is happy with, we can see a different Ronnie O'Sullivan. That
could give him a massive boost of confidence.
Just about OK. He can hold for the red that's up to the right of the
blue here. Well, surely, he can't make a frame
when he went with the brand new cue. You wouldn't put it past him.
Well, that got a terrible contact there. He's still on the black but
not as nicely as he would have been without the kick. Just watch this.
He certainly looks a lot happier around the table? Yes, there's no
doubt that he's more comfortable there than the one that was on
previously. He did mention in the studio after the last match that was
very hard on his cue. So that was a tiny little bit softer and it just
gives you more feel. Perhaps that's why a couple of the positional shots
have been going array. He looks a different player.
Quite remarkable, it has to be said. Going a little bit too far here on
the red. But you wouldn't see it being a problem.
He's only made one century so far this this year's Masters.
S not going to be easy to make a century. Certainly with the left on
the side cushion. And this frame has only been going
just over seven minutes. Everything is going in!
I don't know if you can square this up and play the double. No double,
no century but I'll tell you what, with a brand new tip on the cue,
he's come out and knocked in a 95 with it. Absolutely incredible.
We're all square - two frames each. That's a pretty good break off as
well. Can't really take this pot on and play for the black. It's just
the wrong angle for that. Didn't manage to get around the back. Good
cue ball. There are the tools of the trade
from the snooker player but not sure about the lighter - what he's going
to do with that? Maybe burn a few of the fibres off. He was polishing the
side of the tip so that you don't see it when you're looking down the
cue. He may have just held for the pink
there. OK, the red is near the pocket but look at the cueing. He
won't be potting that one, you wouldn't think. But he has to remove
it from the pocket. But if he bridges over all these reds and
knocks this in, it will be some shot.
Very tough situation there. He might just have gotten away with it
slightly. Wanted to hit it full ball when he hit the cushion. It is a
long one and he can get on the black.
So a chance for Marco to get back to work. Obviously he's had that
interval after the third frame, which wasn't planned. When Ronnie
won the last one on the visit so we'll see if that's interrupted
Marco's rhythm. This has developed into quite a good
opportunity for him here. Just over screwed it slightly. Wanted to be
straighter on that red. Closer to the pink so it was a change of plan.
It's OK with the cue ball there. He's got a choice of reds for the
left corner. I think we said at the start of the match, there were quite
a few high breaks here. I think that the prediction is going to come
through because he's had an 9 in the opening frame, 110 in frame three.
And a 95 in the previous frames. So it's building up very nicely, this
semifinal. It could be a cracker. Just an inch too short. May have to
play there and when you see it playing to the left of the two. I
don't know if he's straight on the bottom one to fall through for the
black. I think it looks like it's OK. Just
a bit more face to make sure that he follows through. And again, a couple
of inches further. So he's going to have to cannon that red and that's
there to the end of the bunch. Perfectly played.
That was the key shot to paving the way to making a frame-winning break
here. And he's judged a couple of the
shots on the cannons. He's played them perfectly, hasn't he? Yeah,
lovely touch. Very economical. He's starting to look like a machine when
he gets in a the balls. -- gets in amongst the balls.
He's in line for the high break Masters here. He's in line for 140.
He's had five centuries so far this week.
I think that he made 11 or 12 in winning the Scottish Open just
before Christmas. He's turning into a scoring machine.
That's the biggest attribute that you can have as a top snooker to be
able to win frames in one visit like this on a regular basis.
And from a psychological point of view, after watching Ronnie win the
last frame with a 95 break and a new tip, this is just what the doctor
ordered for Marco Fu. And also, how quickly is he playing! It helps when
you're in perfect position every shot. Brilliant! Absolutely superb
from Marco Fu. It's the 22nd century so far this week.
It's not often there's a quicker shot time than Ronnie O'Sullivan.
But again, down to the fact that he's got the cue ball on the string.
It's not down to the coach, that's for sure. Well, his coach is Wayne
Griffith but originally he was with Terry Griffith so he didn't get that
16-shot selection from Terry. He could beat his own high break by one
point. What an effort. Zbler made absolutely sure of the
black. What a response from Marco Fu. He quietly gets the balls out of
the pocket but he's just cleared the table with a magnificent break of
141. And he's back in the lead at 3-2.
Quality opening here with Ronnie O'Sullivan. Has to aim down slightly
from the cue ball to create that angle to get around the back of the
black. He enjoyed trying to get the better
of it. He would enjoy it. Sitting in the
chair to... He will have appreciated the skill of it.
The match with Judd Trump was extraordinary but this is building
up to an extraordinary match. Judd had two high Septemberuries but
Marco was awesome. -- centuries but Marco was awesome with three
centuries in that match. He's already had two in this. But Ronnie
looks a different player, it has to be said. And he certainly feels
comfortable with this new tip. Tough bunch of reds to go into from
this angle but he's one of the best in the business at picking out the
right cannon. It's so easy to stick on these. When you see that and it
just goes absolutely perfectly. He needs to hit the red, the third red
on the right-hand side of that red and push it is into the bunch. He
could not hit that any better. That one, it has to hit on the right-hand
side side of it. Any other red and it won't work. Fantastic shot.
I tell you what, it's an absolute pleasure to be sitting and
commentating on this kind of match. It really is fabulous to watch. Look
at the pot success rate. Apart from he like he loves this new
tip on the cue, but like I said already, he'll be enjoying this
challenge that's up against him today. Playing the man at the top of
his form as Marco Fu is. These frames are not lasting very
long, are they? That's the frame safe. Now, full
concentration to see if he can respond with a century break. You
can't beat the high break, that's for certain. But even if he doesn't
make a century, it doesn't really matter. But, great response this.
Marco can't do anything about it. And this Alexandra Palace crowd are
being royally entertained here. Might be able to pot the red closest
to the black. If not, the cannon. No, it will go.
Well, this is stunning, absolutely stunning snooker.
In between the yellow and brown. That's another century. Ronnie's
first of the match. And he's made 858 centuries now in
his career. And who's going to bet against him getting to that magical
1,000 centuries. Wouldn't that be something in a career!
Oh, it doesn't matter that the black hasn't gone in. What a response from
Ronnie O'Sullivan. Marco Fu made a magnificent break of 141. The
response was - that superb century, 122. We're all square - three frames
each. I can't wait for more of this. Now, how much quicker can the two
players get. Just equalled Marco down to 16 seconds a shot. Oh, Marco
played that red thinking that it was the only one that could lead. And
how often does that happen? Now, one red, one black, Dennis.
What do you think? You are naughty, Stephen!
For a practice for exhibition, you brush off there for the black. He
can still play it for this shot. Yes, he has done.
Concentrating on the frame. Yeah, the crowd were buzzing there but
Ronnie... Even Marco was smiling. Ronnie, as all players, the main
concern is the frame. But that's nice to see. Of course, he made that
magical maximum break on 13 occasions, just did that. 12 you
made. Never been in front this this
semifinal. Would be a good time to take the lead.
Well, we didn't see that coming. It was just a little bit of a
distraction from the red there having to bridge over it that caused
him to miss that. That's the only reason. That I can think of why he
missed the black. And there's the red to the right of
the bunch that goes to the right of the corner. But it's a big corner if
you want to go into it and really open things up. He's going to go for
the red first. Another big moment in this match. So
often, the deciding factor in these matches are not the frames that you
should win, it's the frames that you shouldn't. The ones that you can
pinch. Such a fine line between winning and losing when both players
are playing so well. He's just finished a little awkward. He took
the opportunity to open more of the reds up there and just having to
stretch quite a bit here. A little straighter on the black
than he would have liked, but that shouldn't be a problem.
Let's see him pot this red. This clears everything. No excuses, now.
He doesn't want to be playing a cannon, because they are all
available. Rather than forcing me in, he
displayed a nice little shot to leave that one next to the pink in
the middle. 39. This would be quite a frame to pinch
for Marco Fu, here. Ronnie O'Sullivan is shaking his head. He
knows that this standard, he cannot afford any mistakes.
We showed you the shot that Ronnie O'Sullivan nest because he was
bridging of the red, it was a little awkward. This was the one.
You don't see him shake his head often, but he knows that Marco Fu is
not going to miss. He is thinking very clearly at the moment, Marco
Fu. Just a little bit harder than he
intended. 56. Yes, he's hoping for the top spin, and just as the angle
to get over it. 58. 65. Just the blue to make absolutely
certain. And it is straightforward. He just can't make a mistake in this
game, the way these boys are playing. Another fabulous frame of
snooker. Ronnie O'Sullivan had the 47 break, a little awkward, misty
black, and that was the end of it. Marco Fu, without break of 83, is
back in the lead again 4-3. -- missed the black.
Both players are getting the breaks to perfection, get close to the
question, which means that the red is normally either side, a difficult
pot if you are a way from the question it is easier. -- if you are
away from the cushion. It looks quite a thin snick, this.
But maybe he is OK. A little bit too pacey, so he is
restricted now with what he can do with the cue ball. The red is still
left of the bunch. A bit of movement in his body there,
on that shot. That was in his normal smooth playing style.
Just a little bit of movement, that time, but he normally does that. But
the fact that he was tight on the cushion, almost, made that slightly
more difficult. Finishing short on this thread, so more reds can be
brought into play when putting this. -- potting. Just a similar black to
the previous frame, but he was bridging over a red, that time.
Just managed to avoid eating that red Devils that could have spoiled
things, but he judged it to perfection.
-- Just managed to avoid hitting that red ball -
things, but he judged it to perfection.
When he is this red, he wants the cue to keep going through. -- hits.
He will need some special here. We saw what happened in the previous
frame. He got a 47 break, and it was not enough. This is a very tough...
Oh, what a shot! 47. Just red to get it through the gap.
He was listed finish low on this red. 54.
So a good positional shot required, here.
55. Just didn't quite judge it. When you are counting on the reds, there
is always a possibility you can finish on the cushion. Shouldn't be
a problem covering that red that is over on the left, on the right
corner pocket. Just to make sure, he locks the pass through to that.
Anthony brown near the cushion is a little bit of insurance. -- and the
brown. It is a healthy lead, 54 points, but not the man in the form
that Marco Fu is. When you get a chance, and he has a little bit to
think about, here... Very clever indeed! Acknowledged by
Ronnie O'Sullivan tapping on the table. OK, there is a possible red,
there. -- pottable. Didn't want the cannon on the
ground. -- round. But that shot that Marco Fu just played... Now,
brilliant shot! He should miss that red. Just
floated it in. Everything is coming very easily will stop the complete
his cue ball down for the black, possibly not leaving Ronnie
O'Sullivan anything as easy. Taking the difficult red, first.
Decent! He chose to take the most difficult red.
That is what happens when you decelerate. They could have been a
huge turning point, had he had pinched that frame after pinching
the previous one. They are just so evenly matched,
now, in this semi-final. That was the first small sign of weakness
-- we've seen from Marco Fu in a long time in this match.
12. He would have been a strong favourite had he taken the frame,
but you just sensed this could go to a deciding frame. We've had some
fabulous matches all week, and quite a few of them going the distance.
Yes, an average frame time of under 12 minutes. That just shows you the
quality of snooker. 41. He had the nerve to make a 55! He
finished the frame off with a break of 63. Marco Fu did have a chance,
missed that red, and we are back square again. 4-4.
Once again, a good pace with the break off shot. If he has a slight
angle on this red, he might just be tempted, because he could drop on
the black and the only thing he could possibly leave would be the
red. But now that it is down to the best of three...
Just decided against risking that. The crowd have been fabulous
throughout this match. We just don't need the single one shouting out at
the wrong time. It is bolstered for both players.
-- it spoils it. Hopefully he can bring patent black into play as
well. -- bring that black. That was a risky one just to nestle
them their. You are trusting that the table will run perfectly true.
With the knack of the cloth, it can get a little deviation. Yes, it was
the first negative shot that Marco Fu has played in a long time. He
brought the cue ball back to where it was, at the table. In the Bisley
thought that was the easy one to play. -- but he obviously thought. I
think there is someone in the front row who is moving around, having a
drink, and probably brought some water in with them.
It is not that difficult a shot to take the cue ball back up to where
he was playing from, so as I said, not the way he has been playing so
far this afternoon, that shot. I am just wondering if that missed
red in the last frame is affecting him. 70. This was the one that, if
it goes in, you can see him dropping the cue. It was a great chance.
Meanwhile, he knows that Ronnie O'Sullivan has not finished on the
red as nicely as he would have liked, and it is all about the
cannon, here, when he has the black. Can he avoid that? He could, and
left-handed, as well! I mean, to get that sort of action
on the cue ball with your opposite hand, to avoid canyoning the black,
was excellent. -- cannoning. Since the interval, and we had the
end of it after three frames, that new chip on the cue, that had breaks
of 95, 122, 47, 55, and 62 in the previous frame. And Marco has had
breaks of 141 and 83. 39. He has gone too far. 46. A big smile
on, but about six inches farther than he expected. Ronnie O'Sullivan,
46. This was the one that he just
misjudged slightly. He knew straightaway that he hit it too
hard. I think it can see enough of the
red, but the brown is quite a destruction. A very awkward cue
along this side of the brown, there. -- is quite a distraction.
Managed to cover that red. It was a tricky situation he was faced with,
there. There is Nick Van there. His dad to
the side of them. -- Nick "Peanut" Baines. Keyboard layout with the
Kaiser Chiefs. -- play out. Loves his snooker.
-- Keyboard player with the Kaiser Chiefs.
If that red kids running, it is safe, all relatively safe. He got
away with that one. There is only one pottable red, the one that is
just between the pink and black. That is the only possible red he
could pot. But he might cannon into other reds, so it is very difficult.
This is a safety shot. Don't blame him.
We have had everything in this match, only bouts of safety, and now
we're getting that. Just been a of breaks. Nice to see the tactical
side of the game, also. Oh! One. He got a good cue ball, but
if it get tighter behind the cover, he could be in a good advantage. We
wish you this -- we will show you this foot plant.
Oh, that cue ball ran off. It only -- it only moved the space of about
a foot. That is shocking. Well, there is nothing Marco Fu
could have done about that. Sometimes you get it along the ball
line. But instead of being snookered, if these gringos in, it
could be the end of frame. But it is not easy.
-- green goes. A fabulous pot. Lucy Wood he is leading. Should have
missed it. -- you see what he is leaving.
What a difference that would have made, though, Denis. Tight behind
that round ball. -- brown. It is a little bit awkward here for the good
positional shot. He cannot make his mind up.
Sometimes you are faced with a shot and you know it is just not a matter
of potting the ball and getting a nice colour... Still can't decide
which way to play it. In the end, he made it look very
easy. Very delicate screw shot. Puff of the cheeks. Good to get that one
out of the way. Very unfortunate for Marco Fu. OK, he was a long way
behind, but had the have got the snooker, which you normally would
have done without the ball drifting, as we show you again, and suddenly
things are just going in Ronnie's favour. He has played fantastic
stuff. I think that turning point in the previous round when Marco missed
the one with the rest, that would have given him a 5-3 lead if he
pinched that frame. The enormity of the occasion got to him. He had the
opportunity to be 5-3 ahead. He won the previous frame with
breaks of 55 and 63. This is following a similar pattern. Breaks
of 46 and now this. What a shock that was! Using the jaw
to get under the pink. You don't see that very often. -- shot that was.
You don't see that shot played very often. And the black is in as well.
So we have a break of 46. Followed up with a break of 82. The Rocket
really has lifted off, now he is one frame away from a place in the
final. It is 5-4. Once again, could break of shot.
Both players raking very well. Finding that cushion, leaving short
of a half chance. But because the white is so close to the cushion, it
makes it very difficult. -- good break off the shot. Both players
breaking very well. You can see if he misses it, he would have to be
leaving Marco Fu a chance. Aiming the tip of history there. Looks like
he going to leave the cue ball on the top cushion. The tip of the cue.
Or is he taking the pot on. Fantastic. Always looked like a
natural angle for the cue ball to go. Tremendous pot. He almost went
off the side of the pack and finished on the black. He may have
left a red to the right of the pocket the way he played. I think it
was plain to lend on that red. -- planning to land on the red. No easy
colour available if he takes it on. Quite clever really. It will take
some shot from Marco to get on the black. An element of safety as well.
You can see where the cue ball is. That is a little bit on both excite
but I think the pace of the table will take the side of the yellow. He
would have been trying to get the cue ball tight on the cushion, but
that will do very nicely. That is all he can see. No easy way
back to the safety zone from that position. That was all he could do
there. I think this crowd have taken the
Marco Fu. I think the snooker he has produced this week has been
scintillating, especially against Trump. If you knock the ball seemed
and you play great snooker you will get the support of the crowd. Just
look at that crowd. What an atmosphere these two players have
had this afternoon. 2000 people. Noise when it is needed, silence
with the player at the table. Where is the cue ball going? It is
OK. Have a look at the raids! That is what you call an attacking safety
shot. -- red Certainly no easy escape back to the
table from that position. Have to be very accurate indeed. If he left the
white tight on the cushion to the left of the black a to cover the
red, on for the right corner. But he has thought of quite a few options.
Not often Ronnie thinks about the shot this length of time, but very
understandable here. It was worth waiting on! I said he
will do well to find a path down the table. He did, and he is on the
brown to get back on the reds. That is the shot, probably, of the
tournament. The pot that and find the gap.
To pot that. Talking about the whole tournament, it could have been so
different if Adam had potted that black in the first round. This man
at the table was within a black ball of being knocked out. Now it is odds
on to be making tomorrow's final. Going for a record seventh Masters
final two overtake Stephen's six Masters.
Still at 97%. Someone in his line of sight there.
He is doing the right thing. Just settling himself. He knows the
importance of this visit. He is really fired up here.
He has just asked someone to keep still. It must be a photographer.
Marco Fu just has to sit there and hope that something can go wrong for
Ronnie. But he looks very focused does Ronnie O'Sullivan.
It has been an absolutely fabulous semi-final match between two players
at the top of the form. Very few mistakes being made. Just the odd
error that was costly because of the way either player are playing. A
little bit of misfortune with that ball rolling off that he was going
to put behind the brown. I don't think I have ever seen
Ronnie O'Sullivan as animated as he is today. Every shot is a different
facial expression. The will to win is ferocious at the moment to get
into that final. This is going to finish a little
awkward. 51 in front, not many pots away from securing a place in the
final. It is the! -- there! LAUGHTER is going to play
left-handed if he can reach. Why not? Just needs the pink!
APPLAUSE. That is a lovely gesture from Marco Fu. It has been a
fabulous semi-final, as I mentioned. We set Marco Fu would have to play
at the top of his game. He did that, he is still applauding. That is the
type of character he is. But they have treated this Alexandra Palace
audience to some brilliant, brilliant snooker. Doesn't matter
about the red. Marco comes forward, Weeks Malla and congratulations for
Ronnie O'Sullivan. Lovely to see both players. Fabulous semi-final.
In the end, Ronnie O'Sullivan, he was just brilliant. He goes on to
beat Marco Fu by six frames to four. He is in the final.
In the end it was tipped Gate in Frank three which turned the tide
for a O'Sullivan. He is into his 12th Masters final in 23 attempts.
He goes for the outright record of seven victories. We will be on air
to see how this all starts at one o'clock. I am sure you will join us.
20th of January, the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump
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