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Good evening. Two of the strong men of old feature in the players lounge

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area at Alexandra Palace in north London, Hercules and Sampson, not

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Dennis Taylor and John Virgo, by the way. Likewise, the act the Masters,

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three of the strongest contenders this week had by the start of the

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evening already booked their place in the semifinals of this great

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event. Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan could rain for a seventh

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time this year. He beat Neil Robertson 6-3 in an oddly fragmented

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match yesterday. Ronnie will now play Marco Fu tomorrow, a former

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runner-up in this event. Marco Fu's form is immaculate right now, as

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mark Allen found to his cost, losing 6-3. This afternoon, all eyes on

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Mark Selby, the world number one, who faced a tricky opponent in last

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year's runner-up, Barry Hawkins. The Hawk round his way into the lead

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during a tactical first frame. In the next, the Jester got in the

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scoring groove and levelled the match with 76. By frame three, it

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was starting to go wrong for cell be, the reigning world and UK

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champion. And, by the interval, Hawkins had stretched his lead to

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two frames, his long potting giving him the edge. After the break,

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Hawkins threw away a great opportunity when he couldn't split

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the reds and Mark Selby showed great resilience, snatching the frame with

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a gutsy 71. Hawkins took the next and then still be made the only

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century of the match to still remain in touch. -- Mark Selby made. Last

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year's masters runner-up, Hawkins, got on top in frame eight and

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eventually went 5-3 in front. Hawkins always had too much, through

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again to a second semifinal. Mark Selby's chance of a slam has gone. A

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great win for me, up there with my best, especially in a venue like

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this, with one-table set-up. It is up there with beating Ronnie last

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year, because Mark is the world number one, so any time you beat the

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world number one must be good. Disappointing to lose but I felt

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that at no stage did I stamp my authority on the match. Barry was

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getting in first on almost all the frames. All the frames I won, I was

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clearing up from 40 or 50 behind and you can't keep doing that. I seem to

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sometimes enjoy a big occasion. You get a massive buzz if you win a

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match like that. No better feeling. What benefit from Barry Hawkins,

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into a second semifinal. -- what an effort. For Mark Selby, the dream of

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a slam, in which he would hold the world, the UK and the Masters

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titles, is gone for another year. Barry Hawkins awaiting this

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evening's outcome of the last quarterfinal, and this one featured

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Ding Junhui, the winner of this title in 2011, and 42-year-old Joe

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Perry who, after 25 seasons in the game, at only won two games in the

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Masters before tonight. That included a of former world champion

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Stuart Bingham in the opening round, and Perry has made an healthy start,

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taking the opening frame, as we join Stephen Hendry and Dennis Taylor in

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the commentary box. We have had a couple of fairly

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tactical frames, the first frame lasting almost 25 minutes. This one

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has been going just over 21. He could take the red on this time and

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get back down the table. Terrific cueing. And now tucked up

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behind the brown. You can see from Joe's reaction that

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he hasn't covered. An easy out on the left-hand side of the table. A

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bit careless, that. Oh, but he might have left a pot.

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Chance in this second frame. Yeah, I think he can score enough

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without needing the red next to the pink. He's looking good here.

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REFEREE: Can you just wait there is second, please?

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As you see, 35 ahead, so just this red and Ding Junhui will need a

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snooker. If he pops the black and plays to

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move the red, he's got to eat it or he will snooker himself. -- he's got

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to hit it. He played the normal shot.

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Couldn't have played the cannon any better.

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He hasn't missed very much, that's for sure.

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Joe Perry looks very comfortable out there. With the aid of that 55

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break, he now leads Ding Junhui 2-0. STUDIO: Joe would take the next, so

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what is start from Terry, who only last week said he had played some of

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the worst snooker his career recently, but is easily parted ways

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is a wailed away from that. Can he capitalised even further against the

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former champion? Into frame three, Ding trailing.

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Never spotted that one. Is that going to be a mini turning point?

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Without the fluke, he could have left a locked on. -- a locked on.

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It's all happening at the Ally Pally for Ding Junhui.

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Suppose you could stand there and try and pot both balls from that

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position and you'd never pull it off. Is long potting has been

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excellent in the last two or three frames, but a bit of pressure on

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this one. If he'd missed it, he was living

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Ding Junhui a pot on that time. If he pops this link, it's going to go

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on the black spot, which be very helpful. Oh, dear.

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Yeah, I think that was helped, the fact that there was new cloth put on

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the cushions yesterday, it just slid in off the angle.

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A few of the players had mentioned that the tables seem to be playing a

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bit more generous. Maybe that's why we've had so many

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century breaks. The pace of the table is beautiful. I think, if you

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get a really nice bit of cloth, they definitely slide in a bit more

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easily. Level with the pink, just going into

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those three reds, then it's 4-0. Careless.

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He's got the cube power to screw off the cushion for the open red on the

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left-hand side of the table, but this isn't the way you'd want to

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play this link. -- pink. Red and pink would leave Joe 59 up

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with 59 on the table. So, again, leave an angle on ink to go into the

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three reds. Just show you the striking, right

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down at the bottom, leaving the chalk mark again, and that's what

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creates all the back spin. It all timing. And it's all Joe Perry at

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the moment in this quarterfinal. Same shot again.

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And Ding, well, he may head to the practice table. I think Joe will be

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quite happy in his dressing room, having a cup of tea or coffee,

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because he is no need to go to the practice table, the way he's

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playing, that's for sure. No really big breaks, 37 in the opening frame,

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37 and 55 in the second, 42 in the third, but it is very solid snooker

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he's playing. To finish off the frame, virtually,

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and it's 4-0 two Joe Perry. Not touching. Just a glimmer of hope

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forging generally -- for Ding Junhui here. Still a possible 59 on the

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table, so he'd need four reds, four blacks to face a re-spotted black.

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But the black is near the cushion, so the odds are heavily in favour of

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Joe Perry. Well, just east we'd -- just a

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straightforward role the red in. Doesn't really matter about the

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black. Things coming to the table, but you wouldn't give him much

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chance. Ding looks over at Joe Perry and

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says, that's enough. Going into the mid-session interval, Joe Perry

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going well so far, leading 4- L. Dish-mac needing 4-0.

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REFEREE: Thank you, frame five. Joe Perry to break.

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Ding was in the practice room with Terry Griffiths. He will be trying

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to work some of his magic. To get Ding back into this match.

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It's a good start. Kiss on the brown. That's not good.

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People always ask, what are you looking at? Just watch rig's I is

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going from the cue ball to the object and forwards. -- just watch

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Ding's eyes. Meanwhile, Joe Perry's escape didn't work out for him and

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eight chance for Ding Junhui. Joe's reaction was funny there. He hit the

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red he wanted to hit but was just pushed into an awkward position. If

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you were Ding Junhui, and I know he's 4-0 behind, looking at the

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breaks Joe Perry has made, the highest of 55, two 30s and a 40.

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He's not really outscoring him. Has just taken the chances to win each

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frame. It has to give Ding some confidence going into the second

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session, even at 4-0 down. That's OK, I think the red he'd just

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can and is still available into the same pocket as the black. -- just

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cannoned. And now he's going to have to go for the blue. Didn't quite get

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the white where he intended. His highest break in the four

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opening frames was 27. So it would be a nice time to knock a sizeable

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contribution in. He just couldn't get himself into a

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good position. He was always fighting the position there. They

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can be missed in the middle pocket. If this red passes the yellow, and

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it clearly does, as you can see, it's a bit of a chance, this.

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Would love to get on that pink full ball here. It's a risky shot. There

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are reds to play for. Mmm... Well, he's OK. Wasn't the most positive

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shot in the world. I think if you are going to go into the bunch

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there, you go in full pelt. The position the pink is in, makes

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going into the bunch a little bit trickier here. Didn't play to hit

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the reds. Although he's 4-0 up tonight, his positional play hasn't

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been pinpoint, Joe Perry. Dennis? Yeah, just held up his hand to

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apologise for the bit of good fortune there. Played a poor shot

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but it works out for him. The pink is available into the middle pocket,

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fully stretched. Have to make sure you keep your toes on the floor.

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How is the angle for top spin into the five reds? Just can't seem to

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buy a perfect positional shot at the moment. Just finishing a little bit

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awkward. This red does cut to the left corner. But I don't think he

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can avoid the cannon on the black. This red to the right corner,

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position not guaranteed. This pink is tough.

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It may look simple on the TV screen but it's a tough shot.

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Made a lot easier by the fact you are 4-0 ahead. 4-0 behind, Dennis,

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and it would be a lot tougher. He potted one into that same pocket,

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might have been the opening frame, from the jaws of the corner pocket,

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which was a fabulous shot. The fact that he's taking so long over it,

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you can tell he knows tough this is. But he won't be dropping it in.

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Maybe play with a bit of pace so the white doesn't roll off. Just below

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centre. APPLAUSE He's going to need that red. That

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he's leaning over at the moment. Shouldn't be a problem. Might choose

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to drop on it now. Could leave himself one red to the left middle

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and the choice of the one on the cushion. He's played for the exact,

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which is fine, but he has to make sure he has a great angle on the

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pink now. He might have chosen to play for the red on the right-hand

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side cushion after the pink. If he can screw over and leave it

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somewhere near that of the white I'd put in, that would be perfect.

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Well, Ding Junhui has played 13 times in the Masters. He is ever

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been whitewashed. I think his biggest defeat was 6-2

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to Ronnie O'Sullivan, way back in 2005.

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Doesn't matter too much about the yellow.

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Two snookers needed, so it looks like it's going to be 4-0. It might

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even be 5-0. STUDIO: It was indeed, and I know

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because it's something of a double-take moment. This isn't a

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scoreline that was in the script. Joe Perry is completely dominating

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his younger opponent, who is a 12 times ranking event winner. But Ding

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in frame six has finally got his act together and is making a

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contribution, on a run of 54 now. The previous shot, he's screwed back

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to close to the ocean and still didn't see that one coming. -- close

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to the question. OK, he had to force it a bit, but there was a shot

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before that left the cue ball there. Just when it looked like he was

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going to win the frame at one visit. He misses it. On a fairly

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straightforward red. But the blue has come to his rescue. Can't get

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through to the potting angle of that one at the other end of the table.

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Not a very good long pot. He's been missing quite a few of those. But

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all he needs is a colour. And one more red. And then it won't be a

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whitewash. That's fine, the red behind the pink

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goes. So no whitewash. Joe stays in his

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seat. And Jean John the -- Ding Junhui will be quite relieved. That

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earlier break of 54 paved the way to giving him his first frame, but it's

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still an awful long way back. 5-1 two Joe Perry.

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REFEREE: Oh, thank you. Frame seven, Joe Perry to break. You might think

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you're funny, but nobody else does. Pack it in, please.

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APPLAUSE Paul Callier telling one individual

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off. Good job he doesn't know where he is, or he might be out of the

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arena, because he did shout out just at the right time.

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Now let's see if Joe can not a long red in, because that little flick on

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the brown has left a half chance. Yeah, he's just got to look at a

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path for the cue ball. Played with lots of bottom and screw in behind

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round the back of the black. Well, that is the furthest he's been

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away from a long pot in a long time. I think he's got a little bit of

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angle with this red. Could get himself on black, or certainly pink

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is no problem. Normally he would knock that type of

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shot in at, as I say, being so far behind makes everything difficult.

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Not a good chance just yet. He can pot this, might need the spider, but

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he can go up between the bunch of reds and another red and leave

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himself a choice of reds. Shouldn't really be a problem. Yeah, he won't

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go that line, just to the right of the second line.

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Didn't expect Joe to miss that, even though he was using the spider.

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He can drop on the black. Natural angle. Oh, no. Oh, no!

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Second bite of the cherry, and... What can he make this time?

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Choice of colours. He could play for pink in the same pocket or onto the

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blue. A big result this, for Joe Perry, if

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he goes on to win this match. Never been to the semifinal of the Masters

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before. Looks like end of break. Or does

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this red just sneak into that middle right pocket? Great shot.

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Not out of the woods yet, though. Needs a good shot here to get back

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in position. Yeah, a couple of years ago, he lost

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in the quarterfinal to Mark Allen. But the seven other appearances, he

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went out in the opening round. But it has to be said, Joe Perry in the

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last couple of seasons is playing the best snooker of his professional

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career. And that's developed another red,

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and he's still on the one to the left middle, so already 40 in front.

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He's got an ace angle to go into the four reds here.

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That surprises me, because he does need to go into them. He's going to

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need more reds to win the frame at this visit. I don't think any of

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those reds pot, so I'm surprised he didn't take that opportunity. Are

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those two a plant, do you think? Because I, like you, thought he

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would go into them... They are not far off a plant. I thought he would

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go into them because he had a bit of insurance with the other red. It

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looked from this shot that the red wouldn't go, but clearly it does, so

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that was probably why he didn't play the cannon. These have worked out

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nicely, haven't they? Never really got going in this match, Ding

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Junhui. Never really buzzed up a head of steam.

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Well, that's what it means to dad. That was a nice shot, that,

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deceived. -- to see. It would be nice to finish with a century,

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wouldn't it? Yeah, how many matches did you win,

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Stephen, making a century in the last frame? Quite a few.

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He'll be feeling good, and he plays his good friend, Barry Hawkins,

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tomorrow night in the semifinal. I think some people think they are

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still at the darts, Dennis. They did try a tournament once where

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they let the crowd shout out during play, and it didn't work at all.

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Now, this tricky red down the cushion to give himself a chance to

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possibly finish with a century. To beat Stuart Bingham 6-1 and now

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to do the same to Ding Junhui, superb stuff.

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Going to need a little bit of help again. Extension on both the cue and

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the extended rest. Well done, Joe Perry! That's the

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19th century of this year 's's Masters. What a time to do it!

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And so he should be, the way his son is performing here.

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Well, what a way to finish the match! Ding Junhui just never got

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going this evening. But solid match snooker from Joe Perry. But didn't

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he finished the match in style, that break of 127 taking him into the

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semifinal a comfortable 6-1 winner. Most of my game was in good order. I

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didn't run the breaks in like I did against Stuart, but that is

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sometimes due to have the balls run, but everything else was good, my

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long potting was as good as it's ever been, safety was pretty strong,

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so a good solid match performance. It means everything. It is the blue

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ribbon event. The World Championship is what it is, but that's a major

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event, everybody is allowed to win that it every year. This is

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prestigious, only the top 16 players can enter, so to get to the semis of

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the Masters is up with my highlights. Congratulations, a

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fantastic win. Tomorrow afternoon, Ronnie O'Sullivan, still on track

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for an outright record of seven masters finals, taking on Marco Fu,

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in a repeat of the UK championship semifinal. Marco Fu is now in the

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form of his life. What a match! Tomorrow evening, the two

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Englishman, Barry Hawkins, attempting to reach his second

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consecutive masters final, against Joe Perry, who has at last made it

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through to the semifinal of this major event in his ninth appearance.

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Very many congratulations. Snooker Extra is next, with a rerun of this

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afternoon's match between Barry Hawkins and Marco Hawkins, -- Mark

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Selby, and then we will be back tomorrow. Not to be missed. Catch

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you then. To break someone physically... Agh!

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..is not a problem.

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Steve Davis and John Parrott introduce highlights from Friday's final quarter-final match at London's Alexandra Palace.


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