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Good evening to year and welcome to
snooker extra, extended highlights
of the quarterfinals of the 2018
We have of Shaun
Murphy taking on Judd Trump, for
many people, a good bet to win the
tournament this year. Commentary
from Stephen Hendry and John Virgo.
STEPHEN HENDRY: To be honest it'll
be like watching an exhibition match
today. I can't see many safety shot
is being played. Could be the match
of the tournament, this one, if both
players play to their ability.
players play to their ability.
Trump decided to turn that long pot
down, the main reason being thought
it was a risky pot, plus the
guaranteed position on the colour.
Yes, I think it is going to be a
terrific game, and hopefully both
players play well. If I could give
an edge in one department, and this
might seem a strange thing to say,
Judd's safety play, it has improved
over the last couple of seasons, and
Shaun, Jimmy, always struggles a bit
on the safety side. But it would be
all about when you get your chances,
When you watch Shaun
Murphy, no matter how well he plays,
you sense he's going to give you
chances, there's always going to be
careless shot where you think...
Played that safety shot with lots of
side, through three or four
cushions, Judd Trump, but a little
bit short on reaching the baulk.
Well, John, there an example. Some
of Shaun Murphy's careless safety
play. To kiss the black,
Not the best shot from Judd, wrong
side of the blue. There is one loose
red. Maybe he feels he's got a angle
to force the cue ball between green
and brown and go into the cluster.
No, playing for the one loose red.
Needed to have a little bit more
pace on it. There's bound to be a
little bit of tension in the arm,
Screwing off the bunch
here, maybe after the blue.
That's just a very aggressive shot.
To have such confidence in your
ability to play those...
With Ronnie O'Sullivan losing
yesterday, he has virtually owned
this tournament in the last few
years, all these top players will be
sensing an opportunity.
Played that really well.
Of the players still left in it, any
of them could win this Masters
title, Shaun Murphy being one of
them, and John Higgins. Kyren
Wilson, Mark Allen, Judd Trump.
Still looking to add this title to
All very aggressive
players left in the tournament. Play
the game the right way.
the game the right way. Pretty
impressive in his first round match,
Judd Trump. Without being at his
absolute best. The key to winning
these big events is to get better as
the tournament goes on.
This is a shot with such confidence.
You might be a little bit itchy in
the first frame, but the screw
through the bunch, look what he's
missing if he leaves it. Incredible
talent, Judd Trump.
he gets a good angle on the blue.
That was the last of the loose reds.
Maybe a little bit too much angle.
Normally we would say run into the
pink. He wants to avoid the pink
hue, just running past the
right-hand side of the pink, as we
look. Even then, it's gone wrong.
Looking at the join of those two
breadstick and maybe with slightly
less pace, but that is only being
wise after the event. -- at the join
of those two reds, together.
The easy as safety shot is of the
red to the right-hand cushion but
there is no way he's going to place
Take the cue ball some well behind
the green now on the baulk cushion.
-- somewhere behind.
Of course, this is the nature of
snooker. John, at 49 opening the
reds. But, now, if Shaun Murphy was
to get the next chance, he wouldn't
have a lot to do.
have a lot to do.
The first shot
that Judd Trump played, the safety
shot, perhaps it was a little bit
wary of Shaun Murphy's long game.
Perhaps needs to play a little bit
more containing safety today. He's
definitely in the top two or three
in the world, Shaun Murphy, but day
in, day out, he's so strong in that
department with a long pots.
Well, that has worked out OK for
Judd. There is possibly red will
pot, the one immediately between the
black and pink, a thin cut. That
works too thin. It has not settled
-- he has not settled yet, Shaun.
He played that with a lot of
left-hand side just to check the cue
ball, and couldn't have played it
any better. This red will cut back
into the left corner. He caught it
much too thick, and now there's a
chance for Judd. If he knocks in
this long red, you think it would be
the frame clincher.
Judd Trump is never as comfortable
when he's rolling the ball zone.
Seems to prefer punching the cue
He missed that by a long way,
and he is fortunate, really, to have
left the cue ball by the side
cushion. You can see the way the
reds are, now, if Shaun was to get
the next opportunity we could well
have favourite for this frame. Those
49 points would count for nothing.
Kicking the red up the table. He has
got a good cue ball. Wasn't
guaranteed to have a good cue ball,
mind, but in, close to the cushion.
Nothing easy for Judd to go at. If
he can pot this red to the corner...
Now, which is the more risky, the
pot of the safety? Taking the pot
on. Don't blame him.
on. Don't blame him. Once again, a
long way away. And now Shaun Murphy
gets his opportunity.
gets his opportunity. We won't be
playing the one to the left corner,
he is hampered, but he has got one
to the right middle and one to the
Well, it is amazing, the scheme, it
is amazing. He has just not settled
yet. -- amazing, this game. He
expected the red to go to the right
side of the pocket and that is why
he ran three, Inc. I'm amazed at
Judd turning town, Stephen.
a very defensive shot. The shot that
Shaun Murphy played, should play to
the one above black instead. Maybe
those two long balls that Judd
missed by a long way has put him off
taking another one on.
That can only
be the reason because with the cue
ball-in-hand, he could have elected
to go for the red and you fear that,
if Judd pots the next red, he will
win the frame.
win the frame. He certainly went
back to his seat when he left Shaun
with that chance.
I don't think he was bothered to
getting the cue ball back to baulk,
just not about getting the
double-kiss and leaving the red on.
53 point lead, Judd Trump, but there
are plenty of reds available.
He'll be disappointed with that one.
Shaun's and a couple of goes, one
with a safety and one with the cut,
and he's cut them too thin. If he
catches this just right... A chance
now to get right back in the frame.
The black looks to be the ball to
play. It is going to play the black
he might as well play the cannon to
try to bring these four reds into
That was a big shot. It was the
right shot. And he knew, if you
missed it, it was probably going to
cost him the frame. Sometimes, the
risks you have to take at this
He had two half chances,
Shaun, to get right back in this
frame, but he'll be lucky to get
another one. 59 points in the lead,
so just looking for this red. This
red will put him 60 ahead with 59
He cued that nicely.
A bit of an exhibition shot here, to
pot the black, coming off the baulk
cushion. He could play to cannon
And a yellow went in nicely.
He's on the green. Nicely for a
You would say that Judd Trump has
settled the better of the two
players are judging by this opening
frame. The only thing that would
concern Judd slightly, he went for a
couple of long pots and missed them
by quite a distance. As I say, just
a few exhibition shots, which is
what we like to do.
A little smile from both players.
Nice to see. So, Shaun Murphy didn't
settle at all in that first frame.
And Judd Trump, in the end, got the
job done. He leads, 1-0.
Second frame, Judd Trump
Decent break of shot, there from
Judd. With any break of shot,
nowadays, if you don't leave the pot
on, you are happy with it.
Another example of that safety shot
that Judd likes to play.
that Judd likes to play.
with you, he does like to play it,
but you plate with side. If the cue
ball is tied to the baulk cushion it
is not a shot you can play so that
is why Shaun needs to get a good
length with his safety, whenever
possible. Oppose macro --
This is a careless one. Shaun is
hampered by the yellow and it might
be a reason for not taking on a red
into the right corner. He wouldn't
blink an eye taking this on
normally. Still looking at it,
though, so he must have free enough
cueing action. Beautiful, beautiful
chewing. -- cueing.
He knew that he
didn't have to do much with the cue
ball to get position on the colour,
so that careless safety from Judd
could cost him. Could cost him the
There is none better than Shaun with
the rest. So it is either risk
rolling through for the black or
screen back for pink and blue.
Only played one match before this
but he's yet to miss a shot in the
tournament with the rest.
He will really want to punish Judd
Trump for that very poor safety shot
and win this frame in one visit.
It is just so careless to hit the
In a position to play for the back.
It is the red to the right of the
black that is putting him. I don't
know whether he might play a cannon
here, coming off cushions. He could
not have put that better with his
hand. Inch perfect.
just to stun across. He might with a
cannon for the red to the right of
the black. He can still leave
himself low on the black and go into
the bunch. Not too much pace. He
wants to leave that red to the right
corner. It is a small cannon. But
look at the target now to hit, if
you get the right angle on the
black. Still a couple of reds
available, but it is a big target.
Two reds available to the right
corner. That's what he'll play for
There may be one on the
right-hand edge of the cluster that
goes to left corner. And it
certainly looks as though he's
settled in now. He looked a bit edgy
in the first frame. But making his
way through this contribution with
no problems, whatsoever.
lovely, simple shot he played to the
black, just a little dab, getting
tough on the red. He plays at a
great pace, although is that end a
break, or does he have a red to the
Great recovery. Probably not going
to leave anything but it still
needed potting, and he's nicely on
the black. Well, nicely on the
black, but this is it! Almost a
mirror image of the last frame. Judd
Trump getting in first, got a break
of 49, and Shaun had chances to
pinch that frame. Same applies here.
Bad decision, for me.
That is a
shocker. Shouldn't have left himself
hampered, there, and could always
happen the way he played it. Don't
know why he's bringing the cue ball
back that way. Very strange shot.
But he still has a chance to show --
still has a chance to put this
black. Look where this cue ball is
now. He will be fuming inside, Judd
He can pot this red but can
you avoid the kiss on the brown? He
couldn't avoid a kiss on the brown
and he couldn't pot the red. He has
let go a good chance to pinch the
frame. The shake of the head shows
you his annoyance.
That was not quite as intended
there. Just having a look at
That was not quite as intended
there. Just having a look at the red
immediately below the pink and if it
is comfortable to the corner. It
obviously isn't. He has played
another red. It is a thin one.
This is good shot.
If he is playing the pot here he
needs to avoid the kiss on the
second red. That is probably why he
Using his cue power there. OK, he
was hoping maybe the red could go in
but his main intention was to screw
back to the baulk cushion. He made a
good job of that. But this red does
This bread is on. He can play it
with the bottom of the cue ball,
which we prefers to letting it
possibly finish on the pink. So much
stronger. A little bit unlucky, he
didn't put the red in the middle of
the pocket which is maybe why he
hasn't finished nights on the pink.
Can he go thin on the pink? Can go
behind the brown?
That is the shot
to pay -- play if he can. He has to
be with a thin on the pink.
-- wafer thin. It gives them the
advantage now in this frame. OK, he
may 43 points behind but Shaun will
do well here not to leave the
chance. He is thinking. If he can
just come past the middle pocket and
maybe nestle on this red that is
closer to the left corner pocket in
the middle pocket is in the way.
A nice hit. I think he may have left
a pot on here.
If he did or did not it doesn't
Yes, slowly but surely he is
moving all the reds into open play.
If he does get an opportunity it is
going to be a good one.
A similar type of shot but he played
before. He just flicked the red thin
and I thought he could possibly have
left the red that is near the black
spot. He is playing it again but he
needs to nestle. He is playing it
with pace and trying to get back up
I don't know about that
as a shot.
If Judd can pot this red
and glide the cue ball back to the
middle of the table then I suggest
he plays it but if he cannot then he
can have it replaced. He thinks he
can get on the pink.
He found the pass. It is not ideal
by any means. A tough yellow. It is
the ball that will get him back to
this end of the table. It looks to
me that he is making the most of the
pot. He concentrated so much on that
he didn't really think about the cue
ball. You need to make sure you are
on the brown at least.
That is a
pretty good shot on the yellow. This
is a nice red. The cue ball has just
travelled. I thought it would be on
the red to the left corner. A great
pot on the yellow. Underneath the
cushion. Second chance to pinch this
This would hurt Shaun Murphy.
Whenever you are digging down you
really have to find the middle of
the cue ball and he did that. Of
course, this red are closest to the
left corner is the one he wants to
get rid of. It makes the black
available. He struggled the pink in.
It is frames like this that can
really turn matches.
really turn matches.
absolutely, when you have two top
players it is hard to pick a winner.
It is the frames you win that you
should not have that sometimes
decide the outcome of the match.
There is just so much action on the
cue ball there, so little effort.
Possibly we are watching the two
players in the world that get more
action on the cue ball than anyone
else. Ronnie O'Sullivan does as well
but the cue power of these two
players is incredible. Effortless as
A nice angle on this red, just a
stone to the top cushion.
A good shot that to leave himself
not straight on the black so he can
bring the cue ball out for the red.
This is the key one. A nice angle on
the red and if he pops it it will be
a nice one on the black. Now the
frame is at his mercy. You always
feel with a left-handed player it is
a lot easier to get on the yellow.
Margin of error for a left-hander.
Six points behind and he needs up to
and including the pink.
I suppose the only way he can go
wrong is getting on the blue.
He finished up with a perfect angle
on the blue and Shaun will have to
sit and suffer this one out.
sit and suffer this one out. Shaun
Murphy has a break of 52. Judd Trump
took the first frame but he got his
chance and he took it. He now leads
by 2-1. -- 2-0.
I think Shaun can get to this red to
the left middle. If he is going to
go for it he has to make sure he
gets the pot and played the next
He trusted to luck, and he got none.
A good pot. Shaun has missed a few
good chances and sometimes the ball
is never forgive you. I think he can
hit the black but if you cannot get
back to the ball and there is no
value in it.
value in it. I suppose if he dropped
the cue and he could get to the edge
off it and get the cue ball in the
top cushion. You know, if you put
the cue ball somewhere near that
circle. If he nominates another
colour he is going to have to play
it and it will be called this. I
think he can get through to the
It looks like he could hit an edge
of it, you never know. He has
nominated brown. He will have to
have another go. A long way away.
You wouldn't think it is possible
for him not to be able to hit the
black. A very delicate replacing the
cue ball here is required. Of course
he will have checked whether he has
a path to the black. He can hit the
edge of the black, I don't see why
he cannot hit this cue ball back to
the top cushion.
the top cushion. Well, he just said
to the referee, I don't think I can
hit the black full ball, but if you
can get the half ball on the
right-hand side you could try to
come out but he has decided the line
he took for the brown and hit the
yellow, can he play the same shot
He is putting the cue
ball somewhere near the right
pocket, is that not safe?
to me that he can do it. He said he
could not get the black full ball,
but if he cannot hit it full ball
then he must be able to get half of
it. Surely then he could play the
cue ball back to the baulk cushion.
It would be reasonably safe, you
would have thought.
would have thought. Anyway, he had a
go at the brown and he hit the
yellow and then he thought on the
line he was going he would hit the
yellow 20 nominated and nearly hit
the brown. It is decision time.
Going back to brown. A good line. A
better line. Not quite there.
better line. Not quite there. These
points are adding up.
What is it going to be this time?
Yellow? Of course, the other thing
to remember here, and he can hit the
black but I think the point that
Shaun was making, because he cannot
hit the black full ball and the miss
would be called, if he could hit the
black full ball then eventually he
would have to play the black,
wouldn't he? Brown again. It just
needs a little bit more right-hand
side. No, we have got a bit more of
a noise from the audience there.
That is not going to affect the
referee 's decision.
You see how it nestles down into a
little indentation where he is
striking down into the cue ball.
striking down into the cue ball.
definitely looks from that angle
that he could hit that ball. It is
all happening now.
all happening now. It is a delicate
You have to be having a laugh. It is
important for Shaun because he is
having to readjust slightly. At the
moment he is trying to play it with
a trace of right-hand side.
I just cannot get a touch in.
obviously was touching the red and
he just cannot get it there. As
Shaun was striking down there will
be a little indentation in the cloth
which the cue ball keeps rocking
back to. Of course, if it is not
touching then he will be able to see
the black quite comfortably.
the black quite comfortably. I know
one person who will be hoping that
Shaun escapes from this this time,
and that is the referee.
Good choice. Good choice.
The referee will be over the moon!
Shaun is not too disappointed
This could be a Judd Trump special
You don't normally do that with the
flies. I hate to tell you that, I
know you don't like them, but there
was a wasp in the arena the other
It has gone now.
That was a little bit off-putting
for Judd there, in all honesty.
Maybe he should have just taken a
step back. Yes, there is another
It is not that one anymore, I
guarantee you that.
Yes, it was a wasp.
It is not the easiest of chances. He
is using the rest. You have to fancy
him to pot it, he doesn't miss many
with the rest. Commentators curse.
Yes, all that getting out of the
sleeker and 20 kilowatts and I think
the concentration has gone.
He did not intend for the red to run
into the blue. He has left a pot of
this red. Hide under the ocean. It
is hard to see whether comes from.
What a wonderful shot.
Just going into this a little bit
too much. Is there a gap between the
red and the black? Not quite.
red and the black? Not quite. I
cannot see anything else he can pot.
He is having a look. I cannot see
anything. Unless there is a gap
between pink and blue that gives him
the edge of a red. It doesn't look
like it from here. There was the
edge but not enough to pot it.
He to the corner. He needs the cover
cover. Got one. A little bit
fortunate. I know the brown was the
target but you could not risk
knocking the red towards the corner
pocket. As it happens the brown has
come to his rescue.
This one is probably more telling is
a safety shot. Particularly if he
cannot get past the blue. He can,
but can he cover the right corner?
The cue ball needs to travel.
Another trademark. Judd Trump safety
around the ankles. He has left this
red. A good chance that the reds are
pretty well in the open now.
pretty well in the open now. Again,
level cueing. It has not been the
type of frame that I have expected
in this match from these two. They
all count. An important one for
Shaun Murphy. Get back into this
This red will make points all
square. Everything in front of him.
No real tricky balls to stop him.
This is a great chance now. The way
the first two frames, and
particularly the last one, he will
feel he desperately needs this one.
He will have to play for the pink of
the left middle now. You don't want
to leave yourself too straight. He
decided to play the web and through
and it is important the red on the
baulk end he had a bit more margin
Leaving himself on this red he can
get the black back on its spot.
He decided that he would play back
for the pink. The reason I thought
he would play for their black is the
red to the left of the black would
have been available. The Blackwood
have only been available into one
corner, but that shouldn't have been
a problem. Anyway, it is as he sees
He has got that cue ball running
loose at the moment but he is OK to
pot the blue as long as he avoids
the kiss on the yellow, he should be
32 points the lead, still looking
for three more reds.
for three more reds. Not an absolute
He played that quite nicely but this
red is missable.
red is missable. The cue ball just
bounced off an inch or two too far
to make it a comfortable red. I will
go back and I know people have the
choices to make but I don't
understand why he didn't play for
the black. Here we are in the break.
Just get the black back on its spot
and it gives the frame a bit more
normality. When he played the blue
for the red I thought he could play
pink for the red he just missed. A
lovely angle on the pink to drop on
it. Sometimes a sign of maybe not
completely relaxed or concentrating
properly when you played the wrong
shots and you do not see the right
shots. Sometimes you try and take
the easy way out.
Yes, it caught up
with him in the end. You're
absolutely right. This is tricky.
Well, it is not the worst kiss on
The he didn't pot the blue cleanly.
That's worthy cue ball has come up
about a foot short.
about a foot short. This red is
missable, although I don't expect
him to. Looks to have a nice angle
to play for the red into the same
pocket of the black. Doesn't want to
be straight. Doesn't want to be
He's right back in the frame. Good
Needed a natural angle to get
somewhere close to the yellow. Great
pot on the black. Putting the cue
ball behind the brown, here.
Made contact with the blue. Now this
new kit is made harder because the
yellow is in the middle of the
table. So much more difficult to get
safe. -- now this snooker is made
When you think back to the
points he gave away earlier on in
this frame, it all counts up at the
end. Missed it. It was the place
that did it.
that did it. There is no way that
Judd will not have this replaced. I
think it is OK, what I think pink
was on the spot, I think the black
was on its spot and those war the
only two balls that moved. Quite an
easy replacement job for Jan
Verhaas. That was Robert was and
that is where it is now, and that is
absolutely perfect. Looks good to
Here is a look at where it was.
Absolutely perfect. He is hitting
and hoping for the best that we can
get it safe. Hoping for the best.
Where's the cue ball going? The
black got on their way. The cue ball
was going towards the corner pocket,
but Shaun has got it safe and that
was the main thing, as far as he was
concerned. Just look at the cue ball
here. Heading straight for that
corner pocket, but the black
intervened. Pool safety from Judd,
bour safety. And that's probably
going to cost him the frame. Shaun
Murphy gets a chance to put his
first frame on the scoreboard.
Three people decided to leave the
arena, just as he gets on this very
Eight points the lead. Just brown
and blue needed.
These frames could have gone either
Not what we expected
from these two. Yet to catch fire,
if you like. Both pretty nervy.
You will want to make certain of
this. Just one snooker needed at the
moment. And that'll be mightily
relieved Shaun Murphy.
relieved Shaun Murphy. Judd Trump
into just another one to make it
3-0, but Shaun Murphy will be
delighted he has got a frame on the
scoreboard. Judd Trump leads, 2-1.
Frame six, Judd Trump to
The important thing with these types
of matches when you are not playing
well, is just think of the number of
frames you need to win the match,
the number six. Just keep thinking
It's Shaun Murphy going to be the
first of these two players to break
free from the style of snooker we
have seen so far, and win the frame
in one visit?
in one visit? With the talent that
we got on show today, there hasn't
been one, yet.
Sometimes, John, if one player
starts playing well it can spark the
other into life.
As we have alluded
to a few times, maybe the match has
become too important for both
players. There is a lot of talk
around the armies and the powers
that the winner of this match would
be favourite to win the tournament.
-- around the Alexandra Palace.
Maybe that is just adding more
pressure to the match. That's
unusual for Shaun to Mr blue like
that. -- to miss a blue. After a
good long pot, in amongst the balls,
good chance to score heavily, and it
comes to an abrupt end.
comes to an abrupt end.
When I said
that Trump had lost interest, in
that firm he needed two snookers. He
has still very much got an interest
in winning this match and going on
to win the Masters. Just one of
those days, both players struggling.
Judd Trump, unbelievably, still to
make a century in this tournament.
His highest break, 55.
Not the right angle on this pink.
Might have to go in and out of
Got to avoid the yellow. He's not
played for a specific red, more hit
and hope, and he will be pretty
happy with that result.
happy with that result.
have hoped for much better. He's got
this red to the corner which he
feels he can pot and hold for the
pink, which he could do comfortably.
Having a bit of a problem with his
cue at the moment. Finding the bit
sticky. A damp cloth usually does
the trick. Why bring it with a damp
cloth, and then just let it dry
naturally. -- white it with a damp
With a maple cue, you have two dry
it with a dry cloth, after.
a fat? I use an Ash cue, so... You
learn something everyday!
The ash cue has a grain running down
the grain, as you can clearly see
there. The maple cue has nothing.
Down the years the majority of the
top players have used the ash. I
think it is a stronger bit of wood.
Yes. The first cue I ever had was a
maple. But then I was given an ash
cue and I used it all my career. And
that was the thing. In those days
you use to use the same cue
throughout your career, whereas now
with technology, well, Ronnie
O'Sullivan gets new cues made nearly
every season. He goes to John Price,
as most of the top players do, and
he makes him an exact replica.
Annual was fuel with the ash,
because of the grain, that it
sometimes looks different when you
look down the cue -- and you always
feel with the ash. And meanwhile,
Judd Trump, he's taking these very
well. The pink's out of commission
now but he still got a nice angle on
either red the play nicely on the
black. And this black will put him
40 points in front with remaining.
So, only a couple of reds away from
extending his lead to two frames
Good place of the red to the right
of the pink of the left middle but
he's looking at that one to the
right middle. Just this black and
one more red required.
His highest break of the match so
far. His previous was 61.
far. His previous was 61. Just what
he needed, Judd Trump, to win the
frame in one visit with one scoring
break. Seem to be struggling with
his patience in the last frame.
to be said, of course, that this
opportunity came all about from
Shaun missing the blue to the far
corner pocket. After a good long
opening red, I looked to have a good
chance, but this is what we expect,
you make a mistake when you're in,
your opponent taking full advantage.
It's not having as much today, but
this could be good signs for the
Judd Trump camp. -- it's not
happening as much today. Looks to
have played this nicely. Just Nice
to creep by the yellow. It didn't,
but it is on to the middle but this
could be his first -- could be our
first century and Judd's first of
the tournament. We've already had 21
centuries. And the blue, being where
it is, of course, perfect for a
Well, what a pity. It doesn't really
matter to do Judd Trump, I suppose,
Shaun Murphy had a chance on a good
long red to keep it going and a nice
break of 91 from Judd Trump they
sent two frames in front once again.
Thank you, ladies and
gentlemen. Frame seven, Shaun Murphy
Decent break. Good length of the cue
Unfortunate, unwanted eyes should
say, the flick on the green to leave
this rate for Shaun Murphy. It is a
big frame for Shaun Murphy.
Made the pot easier. He could play
it with as much pace as he wanted.
Any little bounce off the baulk
cushion, he was bound to be nicely
on the green, which he is. But he's
got to make the most of these
opportunities. Because if you don't,
it just saps your confidence.
it just saps your confidence. He had
his first chance in the last frame
and didn't make the best of it. I be
amazed if he didn't play for the
blue, there. He is overrun that. --
he has overrun that.
He has been very good with the rest.
Could be looking to drop it in dead
weight for the black did the
opposite corner just play the stunt
of the back of a black, which ever
makes you feel more comfortable. The
stun round the back of the black.
Couldn't have played it better.
Thing is about this sort of
situation, particularly as Shaun is
struggling somewhat, you don't want
to get ahead of yourself, there.
Just trying to get a nice rhythm
going. Don't go to click and then
don't start looking for problems
that are not there. This is a good
chance. Just recognise it for being
that. He's played that mostly. He's
broke reds into play and still has a
nice position on the black. Big
moments in the match, now, for me,
for Shaun. You know what he's
capable of, and so busy. The fact
that he's not produced, just adding
And the reason for that, then, he
has put in a trace of right-hand
side, just a little bit firm, and it
pushed the cue ball into the red.
Lucky to see it drop. That will
heighten his senses and make him
take nothing for granted. Nearly
broke down, there.
Took the easy way of getting
position. He will be guaranteed to
be on this red. Two reds, two
colours, that's what's required.
He's not played the best shot their
to make it automatic to get on this
last open red.
He will be pretty sure of this red
with the rest. Frame ball, 4-2 down.
A bit of pressure on it.
bit of work to do with the cue ball.
To move the red. -- to move the
colour after the red. Went right in
the heart of the pocket. And this
black hole put here 70 points in
front with just 67 remaining.
front with just 67 remaining. Better
from Shaun Murphy, apart from that
one red that he wore bowled in the
left corner, he's taken this very
well. -- that he wobbled.
amazing. He has played a mediocre
match all day. Then with Judd Trump
Windsor framing one visit. And Shaun
Murphy follows him in the next
A chance for Shaun to get one
here, century break.
You would like to finish long on
this red to bring the other one into
play, but he can't do it this time.
Earth, but he did at that time,
absolutely perfect. Sure of the
century now, surely.
The blue or the link for the 22nd
century of the tournament. Would you
believe it? Neither the eye. Anyway,
I didn't get a century but a
marvellous break of 95 from Shaun
Murphy. Match on, 4-2 Judd Trump.
Decent break-off shot from Judd.
That will get the crowd involved
again. These long, drawn-out frames,
not only the players lose a bit of
concentration, so do the audience.
But the last two frames will have
sparked everybody into life. The
first to 6, remember, for a place in
the semifinal. Could be touching
ball. Well, now, as
it was Jan Verhaas would have
declared it. But the path back to
the baulk for Judd. So just playing
to this top cushion. Shaun, with an
easy shot back to the baulk end.
A little bit short of pace. Shaun,
having a look at the possibility of
a plant, but he can't get through
it. It is covered by the brown.
These are the two reds who was
looking at. It could possibly be
made into a plant, looking at them
as he has done, he's given the game
away for his opponent. So many
giving Judd a chance of that plan.
-- so maybe giving Judd a chance of
that plant. He has underhit that
badly. This red is on to the left
corner. Judd's have a look at the
plant. But this should be well
within his range. Applause macro
nicely end. It stops short of the
baulk line, bound to be on green or
yellow, and he is. And he can play
for that plant now if he fancies it.
The choice of playing for the plant
or the red above the black to the
right corner. Yellow or green will
He got very close to that middle
pocket. His heart would have been in
his mouth. Anyway, is OK now.
That plan, not dead set, but because
of his close together it can be
reversed. It depends how we get on
the blue where they will play it or
not. He is a bit thin on the blue to
play for it, will he risk cannoning
into the pink? Into the think he
went, but that is not that plant in.
Have a look again.
This had to be
on, surely. He hits the pink. The
pink hits the red to the right of
it, which has gone on to those two
reds. That was careless. That was
Hmm. Just slightly off, but that
just reversed it. And in its win. He
could have played the plant and
probably would have done if he had
finished straight on the blue. Maybe
a bit less space on the break into
the reds. Anyway, whatever, Shaun
Murphy, after playing a very good
safety, it didn't cost him a lot,
and he's got the chance to level the
match at this visit.
He won't be happy with that one.
That is a mistake.
He played a stone and got more of a
screw on it.
screw on it. -- stun. He is not out
of the woods yet. He is not out of
the woods yet. I have got a feeling
that pot was born out of
frustration. There is pressure on
this blue. But right in the heart of
the pocket. So just beginning to up
his game. Still looking for red,
Red now will put him 47 points in
front with 43 remaining. He is just
checking the school and making
servant -- certain. I don't blame
him for that. This red to level the
Well, I wouldn't think of, or
overthink this. Just roll of the
blue rain. 43 points remaining and
53 in front.
53 in front. There you see it. Three
snooker is needed. 34-macro point
snookers. Judd may not even carry
Yes, I don't know. Sometimes you
find yourself over thinking these
shots and trying to be too clever.
59 and the frame Shaun Murphy.
will concede. Shaun Murphy from 4-2
behind has now squared the match.
Best-of-3 now to get into the
semifinal. The standard has gone up
in the last two or three frames,
back to the sort of snooker we
expected from these two.
The pressure will just keep ramping
up now in this match.
Sending the red towards the corner.
If Judd can avoid a kiss on the
second red he will be tempted by
this red into the right corner,
although he is looking for the
possibility of a plant. I think that
is more the kiss of trying not to
knock the red over the pocket. He
wants to get it back to the baulk
cushion. He has hit this badly. He
will be looking up to leave this
word. -- red. He has not left it. It
looks big pocket. If that cue ball
was not as close to the baulk
cushion, Shaun would take this on.
He may well still take this on. And
it did. A beautiful shot. He
deserves to be on the black.
shot of the match there. Any pot on
the black is probably acceptable but
look at that, he probably never
needed the red. A superb hit. He is
going to need another one here if he
goes for this red. The position on
Looks very straight and
the more pace you put into this type
of shot the more difficult it is.
You don't want to try and pinch
This shot a
man already potted previously, I
love the way Shaun Murphy just gets
down and plays the shot, there is
never a doubt in his mind once he
has decided to play the shot. It is
when he gets up from the shot
sometimes, that is when he is least
likely to pot it. That long red, as
soon as he saw it he just got down
and played it.
A chance of a pot here for Judd. He
has got to start knocking these long
ones in as well now.
ones in as well now. Well, I will
forgive him for that. You always are
on the side of hitting it too soon
and he probably thought if he hit to
think he could run into the black
and that would be a dangerous shot.
He maybe didn't even play the pot
The double-kiss. But it has run
Another double-kiss. He has a tough
red here. I think he just passes the
yellow. He can't afford to miss it.
A great shot. A good kiss on the
green. He may even be able to get
through to the yellow which would be
He has gone into the bunch. He needs
to get through the gap from the red
into the main bunch. He did do. A
The wrong side of the blue, but that
red on the right corner is available
so he can just drop this blew in
unless he has angle to go around the
table but he can just drop it in.
Particularly with the yellow not
being on the spot, he could run into
the yellow and ruin his position. I
don't know why he doesn't just rule
it in -- roll it in. It is adjacent
to the right-hand corner. That was
the wise choice. Yes, at this stage
in the match you do not take risks
unnecessarily. A great view of the
way Judd drop ends up -- a great
of the wagered trompe lines it
That is where you can go wrong
if you hit the ball too hard and it
doesn't give a chance for the cue to
come back online. He is in good
shape now. I think that little
cluster, I think the end red, he is
having a look right now, that end
red goes in the same pocket as black
but maybe not of this shot. Two
straight on the black but he played
that nicely for the red to the right
middle. Well, does that red go? It
would be handy if it did. But it
looks tight. Decision time for Judd.
He could screw back off the side
cushion for the black or look for a
nice angle on the blue. He has got
the nice angle on the blue. Now,
there is a red that is just out of
that cluster of five, sticking out
or stop if you play the cannon into
the pink it could go wrong.
Obviously this red we were talking
about a few moments ago does go.
That made the choice of easy one.
That made the choice of easy one. He
is looking at the red to the right
middle and it is an awkward red and
he is thinking, can I get rid of
this now? There was no problem
playing that one. He may have to
play at Cannes and this time,
though. He is not as straight on the
black as he probably would like. He
doesn't have to play with a lot of
pace. I always knew he would be on
the one to the right middle. He
couldn't have played better. A
lovely controls positional shot
there. In fact, he has given this a
bit of thought and he tells me he is
very straight on the red to the
right middle, which is a bit
unfortunate when you see it, it
couldn't be straighter. Any sort of
angle would have been nicely
angle would have been nicely on the
blue, but he just had to bite the
bullet. This shot, pot the blue and
get a good line and length for one
of these reds to the right corner.
He was unlucky there.
He needs this cue ball to slow up,
but does the red go into the right
middle? Not as played.
Not as played
but... It is all about the role of
the ball here and there. And that
roll off the ball favoured him then.
The thing you could say about that
shot, Stephen, the line he picks,
give him a chance of being on all
four reds in the middle of the table
so it was well played. He knows the
importance of this is it now. -- of
this visit now. He just needs the
thing to go 53 points in front with
51 remaining. He is back in the
lead. It is Shaun Murphy who is
playing catch up, it appears, once
again. Still not seen a century, but
the last three frames, well, they
have really picked up. Great quality
now. This time that was a good
Just a bit too straight on the blue.
You cannot get close on the yellow,
but being left-handed it makes the
yellow a little bit easier. Surely
we will see the 22nd century break
of the Dafabet Masters this time. He
needs to show up -- slow up this cue
ball though. Green and brown for the
time. -- stun two. It this time, the
first century for Judd. Yes!
first century for Judd. Yes! This is
quality now. At the business end
Judd Trump produces his best break
of the match, of the tournament.
Pick your pocket, pick your pocket.
Oh, we would go for the easy one?
Does it drop? Does it drop? Not
quite, but it doesn't matter, 111.
Shaun Murphy will who has been
playing catch up for most of this
match, he is playing it again, but
this time Judd Trump is one frame
away from a place in the semifinal
and he leads 5-4.
Frame ten, Judd Trump to break.
Well, probably not the best break
off all stop Shaun is taking this
on. He wants to avoid the
double-kiss. He got the double-kiss
but no harm done.
Yes, it certainly appears now that
the shackles have been shaken off by
both players. That was an aggressive
safety there from Judd. It is always
a dangerous thing to do against a
long potter of Shaun Murphy 's
prowess, but it is a pretty good
one. And that is a poor one from
Shaun. It is Judd forgets the first
chance. He got that too thin.
that be Shaun Murphy 's last match
of this championship?
of this championship? It was well
played. He wanted to be low on this
black and just nudge the Reddaway.
Just got to be delicate, this shot.
Careful not to snooty yourself with
one very different of the other.
Steady. He decided to take it out of
the equation and lots of top spin
This is exactly the kind of
opportunity you want to win the
match. Going bad foul Judd Trump has
started to score, you have got to
Nothing Shaun can do, the poor
safety. He can sit there now and
wonder if he will get another visit
to the table. This was it. Much too
thin. Captured near the red and
healthy cue ball at this half of the
Normally pretty reliable,
Judd Trump, when he gets a chance of
closing out of match.
closing out of match.
Three reds and
three blacks. I mean, the maximum
will be the last thing on his mind
but it just keeps you focused.
I will be surprised if he plays for
the black of this red now. It is a
lot easier to play for the think you
would have thought. But no, he is
coming down for the black.
doesn't want to play the pain, dusty
because the fingers back on its
bottom blocks up another red so he
is staying on the black. He wants
people to stop and quickly. He has
got to play the rednecks to green
Little bit of adrenaline
in that shot. He is lucky to have
the alternative red to go out. There
was no bounce off the cushion and
just adrenaline really. But good
recovery. A good solid pot. And
nicely on the brown.
A little grimace there. Straighter
on this red. Just looking for
another 25 points to get to the
slickers required stage from this
visit from this position. Opening
them up. He is OK.
them up. He is OK. It worked out
absolutely beautifully. Just
stretching slightly, being
left-handed. He can play
right-handed. He obviously doesn't
fancy using the rest. Is he prepared
to play it right-handed that the
most important moment of the match?
Yes, right in the heart of the
pocket. The frame and match are now
at his mercy.
Two reds and two blacks and one more
red, that is all that is required.
Yes, the first half of the match was
very scrappy and it was Judd Trump
found his form first. In that
respect, I would say he is a
His race may well
have been run.
have been run. But not quite yet.
Just the wrong angle on the pink.
Oh, but he played that well. He
played that absolutely inch perfect
stop he could go 68 points in front
with just 67 remaining. Snooker
You could just see that
Judd Trump had a slight intake of
breath because he knew what that
meant. Yes, that pink was a
fantastic shot. To miss the reds.
Yes comic had to hit it absolutely
central in the pocket. If he had a
cannon you may have run the cue ball
off and the judgment of the two
conditions to finish on the red was,
well, it was absolutely inch
perfect. He made 111 in the last
frame. Here is the pink. No merging
forever and the judgment of pace,
brilliant. -- no margin for error. I
agree with you that overall when you
look at the match, even when the
both players were beginning to
struggle, you just always felt that
Judd might have the extra bit of
edge. It was a poor safety shot from
Shaun in this frame that caught him
out and he has sat down ever since
and he won't be getting up again
until he comes to shake Judd 's
Is 139 highest break?
is the highest break made by window.
It was made against Judd strangely
enough. Back-to-back centuries.
Absolutely marvellous. He has a
possible 140 on which would give him
that £10,000 for the high break in
the Dafabet Masters.
the Dafabet Masters. He missed the
What a match it turned out to be.
What a finish by Judd Tromp. It is
111 and 113. He is through to the
semifinal where he will play Kyren
Wilson on Saturday. A match to look
forward to that Judd Trump showing a
class above Shaun Murphy at the end
there and he runs out the winner by
there and he runs out the winner by
An excellent win for Judd Trump and
disappointment for Shaun Murphy and
Judd is back in action at 1:15pm on
BBC One in that semifinal against
Kyren Wilson. We will see you again.
From all of us here, good night.