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Final: 13.00-17.15

Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage of the first eight frames of the 2017 Masters final from Alexandra Palace. The eventual winner will pick up a cheque for £200,000.


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It's a great win by John Spencer. He becomes the first Benson and hedges

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Masters. Terry Griffiths, shot to the top of World Snooker. The first

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man to have his name twice on the Masters trophy. Alex "Hurricane"

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Higgins. And extraordinary young snooker player. 24-year-old Steve

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Davis finally has the one he wanted. And just look at that board.

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LAUGHTER words escape me. It was Canadian Cliff Thorburn who

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became the master of 86. Still the Masters champion.

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CHEERING A tremendous cheer for young Mark

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Williams from Wales. Congratulations to Paul Hunter. He wins his third

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Masters title. It's Ronnie Sullivan or Joe Perry

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for the Paul Hunter trophy. Good afternoon Alexandra Palace has been

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pulling in the crowds for over 140 years. Have another full house here

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for one of the great occasions in snooker. Masters Sunday. The final

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of the Dafabet Masters. Last week has absolutely flown after a quite

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brilliant tournament so far. Ronnie O'Sullivan defending champion got

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the party last Sunday. Stillbirth. The Rocket still on a trajectory

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that could give him the outright record seven Masters titles.

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Ronnie O Sullivan, playing his best of the week to take the Masters

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title, 1995. Amazing, being in London, being a Londoner. Looking

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forward to the future. This has been awesome. No other

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word. It looks like his fourth Masters

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title now... I love it! Well O'Sullivan was the pre-event

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favourite and is now odds-on to be the least fancied player this week,

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Joe Perry. But the 42-year-old from Cambridgeshire, gentle man Joe, has

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defied all expectation to reach this, one of the finals of snooker's

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three majors. But the first time in his 26 year career and for Murphy

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showed to come back against good friend Barry Hawkins to win a

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decider as we rolled towards midnight. Their previous results

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don't make pretty reading for Joe, he's won only two of the matches in

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the previous 15 against Ronnie and none for nine years but he will

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remember a World Championship classic if you seasons ago when he

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took O'Sullivan very close indeed. Perry seems determined not to settle

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for second place today. We all take up snooker from watching these

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events today, it's going to be an unbelievably difficult task. Just

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the fact that I'm Ibe are playing Ronnie in the final of the Masters

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is a dream come true. I like to play Joe, he plays the game the right

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way, tapping the ball is in, play a bit of safety. He is not a jot

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trump, taking about five minutes. He's not a Selby that is going to

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tie you up and keep you under wraps, he wants to get amongst the balls

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but play safety. You can get involved in the match. Everyone that

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plays Ronnie at the Masters is the underdog, nothing new, not going to

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be a surprise. I've always spoke highly of Ronnie, I think every

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snooker player has the utmost respect for his ability, the

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greatest ever in my opinion. But he is beatable. You know. That's what

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you have to take into the match, believe you can win, otherwise I

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might just call it a day now. Some great matches with Joe, Plato in the

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World Championship, 13-11, in the semis of the Welsh last year, 6-3,

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one of the best I've played, played so well against him. Played almost

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to the very best of my ability, producing something special to beat

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him 13-11 on his way to winning the world title. I need to play close to

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that again. I just bring my game to the table. I let them worry about me

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and if they can play well enough to beat me I shake hands and say you

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know what, well done. Otherwise I go there and then, you know what, I am

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going to be tough to beat today. I started playing snooker at ten years

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old, all I wanted to do was placed in a living. To achieve that would

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be the absolute icing on the cake. One day, all my cue up and say, I

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had a great career as a snooker player. This afternoon six time

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Masters champion Stephen Hendry is facing up to the possibility that

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the joint record may be overtaken, how do you feel? Not great, I must

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admit. It was inevitable. This tournament has become Ronnie's home.

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Ronnie against Joe, tell me what there's been to admire about Joe's

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amazing run. Two incredible victories against Bingham and Ding

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Junhui, coming back from the dead, 5-2, needing a snooker to clear up

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and potting what was the part of the tournament. The favourite against

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the man who was the joint outsider, 80-1, we remember the victory did

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Ronnie made over Barry Hawkins, what percentage of the snooker world

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thinks Joe Perry will win today? Zero, to be blunt. Possibly even Joe

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himself, he has got to trust his ability today. Perhaps his family

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will believe, obviously. But the snooker world, 0%, will think. Going

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to trust his ability and believe in his ability and come out and try and

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enjoy this occasion and play his best snooker, if he does that, he

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has a chance. With so much expectation on Ronnie does that ring

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its own pressure? He has expectation on himself, he wants to win,

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tremendous desire to do it, but he will want to do it with style and

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that brings its own pressure. A 41-year-old against a 42-year-old,

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who said it was a young man's game? It's getting like that. Maybe Steve

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Davis will even win. You are getting your QR at for the world stage, but

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it might be slightly late for John Parrott and Steve Davis. You know

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the stick we get from that woman. Doesn't she know who we used to be?

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Once upon a time we were marvellous. After tip gate, how well did he

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play? Ronnie O'Sullivan realised he had control of the Kubot and he

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upped the play, positional play perfect, he outclassed Marco Fu who

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up until then had been the classiest player in the tournament. His focus

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for me, you could see the determination, he relished that. I

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haven't seen his adrenaline pumping as much as that. The only thing,

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might be an anti-climax, if it's possible. You have a theory about

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this match today, expand. It's only a theory, Stephen said about 0%,

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there was a match in the 80s, it might have been 85, someone was

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given no chance and it was a bad outcome! Let it go, Steve. You like

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this. We have found interesting -- someone interesting for Ken to talk

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to. I am down in the queues, Peter

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Terry, the father of Joe, your nerves must been jangling. Really.

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When he made that snooker, got that clearance to win the frame, I

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thought, he has a chance, he said to me afterwards, if he could do that

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and make a big break to go through 5-4, he thought he was back in the

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match. But what about that clearance in the last frame? The brown along

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the baulk cushion, would you have gone for that? No. I spoke to him

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afterwards, he said he had no choice, if he tried to play safe, or

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the other balls was, trying to get that safe, go for it, when, or go

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home. He saw his chance and he took it. What was he like when he came

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off? Must have been buzzing. Electric, couldn't believe it. I

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think he had a tweet from Barry this morning, saying... I ain't going to

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go into that one. I could only imagine. They are still mates. What

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about today. A big occasion. The biggest of his life. How is he

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feeling and how are you? I am feeling great, he's had some great

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matches with Ronnie over the years, Ronnie come out on top most of them,

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but Joe has beaten him. In the USA some years ago, he can do it. He

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starts producing what he'd done in the first and second match, the end

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of the match, he can win. I hope the nerves hold-up, best of luck.

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Cheers, thank you. Peter Perry certainly believe that history is in

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the making, Ronnie going for a record seventh Masters title and Joe

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hoping to become the oldest first-time winner of this event

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since Ray Reardon in 1976. Fascinating. Settle down, here we

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go. Rob Walker, it is all yours. Good afternoon, ladies and

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gentlemen. This is it, the big one. We started with 16, only two remain.

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Welcome to the 20 17th Dafabet Masters final, this could be epic.

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They are ready, we are ready. Let's get the boys on the baize.

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Please welcome a player who after 26 years as a professional finds

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himself in a Triple Crown final but the very worst time. What a way to

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do it. From 5-2 down and needing a snooker he climbed back from the

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brink with that emotional victory last night and he said in a press

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Conference after, standing on this tour is today and hearing his name

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being called as a finalist would be the best moment of his career by

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far. Ali Talley, let's remind him this is more than a dream, for the

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gentle man Joe Perry! And his opponent, a player who has

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been snooker's box office draw for more than two decades. His

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celebration at the end of the match against Marco Fu yesterday proves he

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cares as much about the Sport Today as he did when he first won the

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title in 95. Will it be magnificent seven for the Rocket, Ronnie

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O'Sullivan? This is one of snooker's three major

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titles, the final, the best of 19 frames, eight of them this

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afternoon, 11 tonight, Ken Doherty and John Fergal already. One of the

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great occasions Good afternoon, Hazel, and good

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afternoon everyone. You can tell from the reception both players got,

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there is a tremendous atmosphere at Alexandra Palace. It gets you

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jangling. Absolutely. The heroes at the back of the neck of both players

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must be standing up. Coming down those stairs, what a fantastic

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reception. Joel mentioned the biggest match of

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his life. How will he hold himself together? That is the big question.

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First frame, Ronnie O'Sullivan to break.

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But the cameras away, please. Playing for the Paul Hand Trophy, in

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memory of the greater champion himself. His mum and dad are here.

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-- Paul Hunter. Ronnie has lived about six times. Going for the

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magnificent seven. Yes, when Stephen Hendry won it six times, you wonder

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whether that could be bettered. -- lifted it. Joe will have something

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to say about that. I feel he's got nothing to lose, he may be able to

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relax and produce his best snooker. Ronnie will get the first

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opportunity. He's just refusing. Didn't think he

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would be able to get on a colour. You would have to field, it's an

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important start, more so for Joe, to get off to a good start, settle his

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nerves. His first major final. One of these big BBC tournaments.

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Ronnie was hampered by the yellow, did well to get Kubot bad for back.

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I think Stephen Hendry alluded to it, he has got to try and enjoy the

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occasion and if he can, then it can bring out the best in you.

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Pots like that will certainly settle him down quickly.

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Purposely getting on the red below the black, that will free up the

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black into the bottom left pocket. Just concentrating a little bit on

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the cannon from the red. Unforgivable. Playing the cannon

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don't take your eyes off, it was a natural cannon. Cannot afford to

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miss. That is for sure. Just played a little cannon, into

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the cue ball too much. This is not the red he wanted to be on. A little

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work to do with the cue ball. Stunning around the back of the

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black. As to find the gap between the red at the top cushion and the

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black. The red immediately above the black

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is available. Slight angle on the black, can play for that.

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Deciding to play for the red along the top cushion.

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He has to judge this well. Got to be careful with the split. Played it

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superbly. Just had a word with the referee. I

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don't know what that was about. Tried to pinch a bit of the pocket.

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Joel was trying to avoid the case on the second red. A little bit of a

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balance. Whenever he missed it Joe has to take full advantage. When he

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missed his red in the corner, he may have thought it cost him the frame

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but it hasn't. Just thought I heard Ronnie

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mentioned something to Paul Collier about the practice table. Maybe just

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the sound of the bolts on the practice table may be to kiss

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concentration of slightly. -- may be took his.

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That little cannon on the red makes this black more awkward.

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Excellent part! As long as he got bad, it was always the red, close to

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the yellow pocket, top left-hand corner pocket, was always there.

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Under the circumstances, very, very good. Just got to be careful here.

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Control the cue ball off the baulk cushion. May have to use a little

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bit of left-hand side. But that camera away, please. There is a

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light on the front of it. Probably more difficult than this red.

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The flick on the brown hasn't hindered him too much.

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Concentrate on the pot. He's done, but not perfect on the pink. Can't

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play yet to the far right corner or right middle, the right middle is

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the easier. Good opportunity. To take the first

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frame. Nice angle on the black if he wishes

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to disturb the two reds. Get the points on the board.

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Leading by 27. He is going to need three more reds with colours.

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Another opportunity to play this little cannon. Just looking at the

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scoreboard, this will put him 35 points in front. Played the cannon.

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Worked out. APPLAUSE

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You wouldn't expect a mistake now. Actually looks a bit more relaxed

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than he did last night in parts of the match. Started off a bit

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nervously, rallied a very, very well.

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Looks very, very good this afternoon, relaxed walking around

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the table, confident stride. Would be a real confidence boost if he

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could make a century. Ronnie now needs two snookers. This

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would really be eight secular if he could make a century. -- a secular.

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Still a possibility. Ronnie O Sullivan missed an easy

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read. Joe Perry gets a frame-winning 72.

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Studio-macro Ronnie just having a chat with the referee about

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something, fantastic start from Joe and he said last night my plan is to

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get in front and stay in front. Go positively and believe I can this.

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Mission accomplished. Great theory. It's great. Good to get your hands

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on the table and it is nice to see your opponent miss. His contribution

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will have settled him right down and let's face it, we're not talking

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about someone who has just come off the streets. He is world number

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nine, Ronnie is 13. He might be an 80-1 outsider and he's been around

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the block a long time. Talking about her special occasion this is but

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this is an adept and comparable player, when he's in a positive

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frame of mind. Steve... The bookies made Ronnie a strong favourite and

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everyone is thinking it will be a one-sided match but you're talking

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about this, a player who has quality, class, experience, been on

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the road and the ropes plenty of times, played at the World

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Championships. Done everything to withstand what is going to be thrown

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at him. Interestingly, I don't know... I was putting my head

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around, trying to work for the conversation about, rather than

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might Ronnie wasn't upset, but he was concerned, Paul Collier has had

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a word with one of the organisers, it's something backstage. It appears

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to be the noise on the practice table. Ronnie is properly a little

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bit worried, who is knocking balls around on tables that are supposed

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to be for professionals? I am sure we will get to the bottom of it.

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Contrast and start from Joe, he lived ten to did against Barry

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Hawkins. For more is a dearth from him.

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Absolutely, he needs to get in front. All the players know when you

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play Ronnie, if you get behind him, he just runs away from you. You

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don't get a foothold in the match so that's why it's so important, the

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opening session. In terms of its comfort levels, even the memory of

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that brown Joe Perry sank last night to beat Barry Hawkins will give him

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confidence because was a very late finish for him. He's not had a huge

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amount of time to turn this around. This is a different day and Joe

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Perry, chance to get in the final and he may have frozen a bit. He got

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over the line in the end. This is different, he is the underdog. It's

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a lot easier playing as the underdog. Frame two.

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Decent length. Ronnie will take on that red.

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At least he stopped short of the baulk line. A fraction too far.

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That the idea where he wanted to play that shot. Get it really tight

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to the snooker ball. Cut out the easy one-cushion escape and when

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he's done that... A delicate touch particularly on these superfine

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clots. -- cloths. . Foul and miss. That was a bad misjudgement from

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Joe. May elect to take the green here,

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screw off the left-hand side cushion if you can. Just two reds above the

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pot. Still not going into the pack. Playing the loose one. That is inch

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perfect. Couldn't place that much better with his hand. Fantastic

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shot. Bringing a couple more reds into play here.

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Just hampered slightly with the red. Made it more tricky, particularly

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when they are playing with a new tip.

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The first round would have irritated Ronnie, missing that straightforward

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red. Now Joe is just going to come around

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and look at the red above the black spot. Will pot into the bottom

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right-hand pocket. I'm sure it will. Now he will pot this and leave a

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nice angle on the black. Into the pack here. Good pace.

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That's pretty good. It was always going to be on that

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red. If you can avoid the blue when he's

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plotting this, he could go for the baulk colours, he's OK.

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He knew he would always have a chance at the black. Straightforward

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pot. A bit of work to do with the cue ball.

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Settled for that. That's worked out perfectly. Obviously the priority

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was to pot the black. Look at that, inch perfect on this red.

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Wiped its feet, that. Into the middle of the pocket.

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That could've been a bit better. He's got the red on the left centre

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but has been hampered slightly. He can only drop it in. He's got the

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blue and black afterwards. No. Just hampered slightly. Made it a bit

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more difficult than it could have been. I still fancy him to pot it. I

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don't think he has left anything. No attempt at the pot. A very good

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cue ball. On the baulk crush on. Although Joe Perry has a 22 point

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lead, he's got to be very careful here. He may play the pot here if

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you can find a path back to the ball. I don't think he played the

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pot in the end. Just concentrating getting the cue ball back to the

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baulk and. -- end.

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APPLAUSE You've got to be careful if you play

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safe down the right-hand side of the table.

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There's one or two obstacles in there. But it's natural to play safe

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down the right-hand side rather than the left-hand side as we look.

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Played it well, but there's a red going towards the corner. And it's

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not covered. Now will try to get the red out into

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the right That was a nearly one. The red

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didn't go into the heart of the pocket. The green is not on the

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spot. Makes this a little bit easier.

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The problem is, with this red, the left corner Ronnie is looking at, I

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don't think the black goes into that same pocket. The black in the

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opposite corner, it's not an easy task.

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Yeah, didn't have the greatest angle on the blue. Tried to power it

:42:08.:42:37.

through the baulk area and the kiss on the greenhouse cup is

:42:38.:42:56.

chance. Ronnie has to show a bit of patience as well. He doesn't want to

:42:57.:43:01.

force the issue much and give Joe too many easy chances to get

:43:02.:43:12.

settled. A bit thick with that one. That's why he's not gone past the

:43:13.:43:17.

baulk line. Slightly awkward cueing for Ronnie here. There is another

:43:18.:43:26.

red, but his playing this one. Can eat you pass the yellow? If he

:43:27.:43:31.

can't, he will have to put some side on their yellow. That's why the

:43:32.:43:39.

straight one... There's a bit more pressure on this one. He would like

:43:40.:43:44.

to play the one in the middle of the table but the yellow is helping him

:43:45.:43:49.

slightly. He's playing this one. Good cueing.

:43:50.:43:55.

So things not working out quite as planned for Ronnie at the moment.

:43:56.:44:42.

Just a couple of reds, a couple of colours away from winning the second

:44:43.:44:46.

frame, Joe Perry. If he parts of this red now, he will

:44:47.:45:18.

go 44 ahead with just 43 remaining. -- if he pots this red now, he will

:45:19.:45:22.

go 44 ahead with just 43 remaining. That should mean that Ronnie should

:45:23.:45:44.

not bother coming back to the table. You have to say, this is just the

:45:45.:45:50.

start that Joe needed. Yes, absolutely. Settling in nicely.

:45:51.:45:58.

Looks to be enjoying himself at there. It's very important for him

:45:59.:45:59.

to get off to a good start. This final, of course, two sessions,

:46:00.:46:08.

best of 19, first to 10. He's not bothered about the black.

:46:09.:47:40.

43 from Joe Perry there. He now takes a 2-0 lead over defending

:47:41.:47:45.

champion Ronnie O'Sullivan. Last year we were remembering that Barry

:47:46.:47:51.

Hawkins won the first frame last year and an winner frame afterwards.

:47:52.:47:55.

Already has great friend Joe Perry has made great strides against

:47:56.:47:58.

Ronnie than he did at this early stage and this is good stuff from

:47:59.:48:04.

him so far. With hindsight, this many certainties in sport but before

:48:05.:48:10.

the start, there's not many at all and the history of sports betting I

:48:11.:48:13.

would imagine is littered with people who've put all their eggs in

:48:14.:48:17.

one Ascot, lumbered on a very short priced and lived to tell the tale a

:48:18.:48:22.

lot poorer. You mention that betting for this. 10-3 for Ronnie was the

:48:23.:48:31.

most popular punt outside. Absolutely it was. Most people seem

:48:32.:48:35.

to think it was going to be a cakewalk but it's not prove to be at

:48:36.:48:38.

the moment but the funny thing is, I'm always into these things, how

:48:39.:48:42.

people get to the final. Last Sunday, Ronnie O'Sullivan should not

:48:43.:48:47.

be here. Remember this one? I hope Liang is not watching because this

:48:48.:48:52.

was to knock him out last week. Frame ten and Ronnie came back and

:48:53.:48:55.

made a century to knock him out but the margin is terribly small. Joe

:48:56.:49:00.

Perry last night with probably the sort of the tournament. He makes a

:49:01.:49:05.

clearance after being 50 behind and potted a brown which was superb.

:49:06.:49:12.

Back we go. Ronnie, 2-0 behind. Break up shop. Leaving that

:49:13.:49:26.

obligatory red in the right corner. It's a nice angle to get round the

:49:27.:49:36.

back of the black. Courted to fix. If you are going to miss them, don't

:49:37.:49:41.

catch them thick. This is a chance now for Ronnie.

:49:42.:49:57.

First frame, he missed the black, that frame he was hampered.

:49:58.:50:05.

A little bit too far. Two straight on the blue. He will have two stun

:50:06.:50:17.

it in. He found an angle. To get closer to the red. This is what he

:50:18.:50:23.

was always going to play for. That pink is not available. Back-up for

:50:24.:50:29.

blue. He did have a look. He's always looking to get the black into

:50:30.:50:33.

play. I'm wondering whether that read to the left of the black and he

:50:34.:50:44.

can get on it? If, of course, he gets that red, it could go both

:50:45.:50:54.

corners. Just a cannon, though here. Without moving the black.

:50:55.:51:01.

Purposely staying low on this red now. He's going for the top this

:51:02.:51:16.

time. Bringing two reds into play. He struck that absolutely

:51:17.:51:39.

beautifully. When you consider he had a new tip on yesterday, there

:51:40.:51:46.

didn't seem to be anything wrong to me. A bit of left-hand side now.

:51:47.:51:56.

Lovely angle. Getting through the cue ball beautifully. No problems

:51:57.:52:03.

getting through the black here. OK, he's not entered up in the left-hand

:52:04.:52:10.

corner pocket, but he was knocking one or two reds towards the right

:52:11.:52:11.

centre. They both pot. He will be very eager to try to win

:52:12.:52:40.

this frame from this visit, just to settle his own nerves he may be

:52:41.:52:46.

feeling. It would have been a shock to the system to miss in the first

:52:47.:52:52.

round. The Blackie missed the second frame. -- black he missed in the

:52:53.:53:00.

second I think he played for a choice of

:53:01.:53:28.

two reds there. Just to the left of the pink. If you can kiss on the

:53:29.:53:35.

black, it shouldn't be a problem. Full stretch, though. Yes, stop

:53:36.:53:46.

himself. . The extension. -- yes, stopped himself. Got the extension.

:53:47.:53:55.

Played the soft screw. Could be the pink goes in. Definitely the red to

:53:56.:54:04.

the left as you can see. So he will play for that red. He needs to get

:54:05.:54:09.

into this, though. Offer side cushion. -- off the side cushion.

:54:10.:54:38.

He would like the cue ball to travel into the middle of the table six or

:54:39.:54:43.

eight inches, but he is still OK. Now he needs an angle. Doesn't have

:54:44.:54:55.

it on the green. Doesn't have it on the brown. And looks like he doesn't

:54:56.:55:01.

have it on the yellow. It's not great. They're still 75 points

:55:02.:55:07.

remaining. He will have to disturb something to keep this break going.

:55:08.:55:18.

He's got a slight angle on the green but to put top spin, come off the

:55:19.:55:27.

side cushion into the reds, that's a big ask. Don't get me wrong, he's

:55:28.:55:36.

got the cue power to play it. Is there any value in potting one of

:55:37.:55:41.

these baulk colours and playing a safety shot? I'm not sure here. He

:55:42.:55:46.

has got the rest out which tells me is going to play the brown. Is not

:55:47.:55:49.

going to play the pot. Yes, clever shot. No real value

:55:50.:56:07.

potting the green there. Wasn't going to get any more points so have

:56:08.:56:13.

a bit of insurance, put the brown say. He knows if Joe Perry is going

:56:14.:56:17.

to win this frame commies going to need that brown, so made it more

:56:18.:56:18.

difficult. What has he spotted here, a

:56:19.:56:38.

three-ball plant? I think it might push to the left as

:56:39.:56:53.

we look. Oh no it didn't. Into the pocket.

:56:54.:57:11.

He might not have got tight, as we watch that plan to gain. Well

:57:12.:57:22.

spotted. It will be difficult for Joe Perry to get this say. There's

:57:23.:57:26.

always a gap. Between the yellow and blue. He can't get the cue ball back

:57:27.:57:33.

to the baulk and. Is got to somehow that it say. And he needs to get it

:57:34.:57:42.

say. Ronnie is only looking for one more red.

:57:43.:57:49.

There is a read up into the green pocket here. He only needs one red.

:57:50.:58:07.

He decided against it. Nice shot. And beautiful. Lovely control. Yes,

:58:08.:58:18.

I think you alluded to it before, he's got to play at right.

:58:19.:58:21.

Obviously, is never going to panic. He's got to treat Joe with respect

:58:22.:58:28.

here. That is a good escape. Well played. Good shot.

:58:29.:58:48.

Yes, he was a bit disappointed with that.

:58:49.:58:55.

He was up straightaway. This is a chance for Joe. Close.

:58:56.:59:10.

But he's not left an easy chance for Ronnie to close the frame.

:59:11.:59:26.

Is Ronnie thinking of a possible plant? The only needs a red. Only 59

:59:27.:59:34.

remaining. No plant. Just a safety and a pretty

:59:35.:59:46.

good one. When you look at the table now.

:59:47.:00:21.

A couple of interesting spectators. The keyboard players of the Kaiser

:00:22.:00:34.

Chiefs. -- player. And of course Paul Martin from flog it, kept his

:00:35.:00:38.

tickets, obviously didn't flog it. Ronnie's attempt didn't go in. Now

:00:39.:00:55.

the chance for the counterattack, not an easy one, he made the save

:00:56.:01:04.

shot a few ago, got red leather side cushion, particularly by the right

:01:05.:01:07.

hands so a lot of work to do for Joe here. He's just about on this

:01:08.:01:18.

thread, 53 points behind, 59 available, he has points to spare

:01:19.:01:24.

but doesn't want to be playing too many low value colours. Just about

:01:25.:01:30.

on the green. Play that nicely. 49 behind, 51

:01:31.:01:52.

remaining. Off these last three reds he can afford one pink.

:01:53.:02:21.

Now he has a slight angle on the black, you try to disturb the red

:02:22.:02:27.

will try to dropping behind it? His choice. Disturbed it and it couldn't

:02:28.:02:36.

have worked out much better than that.

:02:37.:03:05.

A little bit low on the black, if it was a bit slower it'd be easier than

:03:06.:03:13.

this but if you swing sets roundabout to conditions then he's

:03:14.:03:17.

not certain to finish that good on the yellow. Forgot the black.

:03:18.:03:32.

Didn't see that one coming. I think that will secure this first frame

:03:33.:03:44.

for him and reduce the deficit. That was a golden opportunity for Joe

:03:45.:03:49.

Perry. Because that is what joker played had he had that opportunity.

:03:50.:03:59.

-- Joe could have played. I think he over contemplated that black. Just

:04:00.:04:06.

confuse himself a little. Was thinking about how he can get

:04:07.:04:09.

perfect on the yellow but you never take your eyes off the pot which is

:04:10.:04:11.

what he did. He played it very well but Joe Perry

:04:12.:04:31.

will be very disappointed that he had the chance to take a 3-0

:04:32.:04:35.

advantage. STUDIO: O'Sullivan off the mark in

:04:36.:04:42.

his fourth Masters final which is an extraordinary record in itself. Joe

:04:43.:04:48.

Mr black and seem to second-guess himself? And nightmare shots for

:04:49.:04:52.

Joe, he had a few ways to get on the yellow but this is the classic

:04:53.:04:57.

example of somebody who as a coach you would say right OK before you

:04:58.:05:01.

get down to play the shot, make sure you know what shots you're going to

:05:02.:05:06.

play. They teach every golfer in the book, before you go to the routine,

:05:07.:05:10.

you know exactly what you're going to do. Snooker is not like golf

:05:11.:05:15.

stopping and starting, it is more fluid so sometimes you think on the

:05:16.:05:19.

hoof so to speak. On a shot like that you have to stand up again,

:05:20.:05:24.

make your mind up and then get down. Impression so far, it's not gone the

:05:25.:05:28.

way many people anticipated and as a spectacle it is all about it for

:05:29.:05:34.

that? It is intriguing. You couldn't really expect him to play to the

:05:35.:05:39.

standard of yesterday. It's interesting, that was a very big

:05:40.:05:44.

mess on the black, a bit of indecision and Steve said it. Your

:05:45.:05:51.

routine is your routine, you have to stick to it and if it's not right

:05:52.:05:59.

get back and start again. Mentioned rawness performance yesterday and

:06:00.:06:04.

the Peak performance and how much it takes out of you, could that be a

:06:05.:06:08.

factor? The only thing I would say is Joe had the same thing us last

:06:09.:06:15.

night. He knows the situation, I don't think in that one today, if it

:06:16.:06:20.

had come after two or three performances like Neil Robertson a

:06:21.:06:26.

few years ago where he played unbelievable snooker but not after

:06:27.:06:31.

one performance. Almost got to the final and had nothing left and was

:06:32.:06:36.

beaten 10-2 by Shaun Murphy. In terms of Joe's performance so far, I

:06:37.:06:41.

know Stephen Hendrie along with many people had much of a chance, it's a

:06:42.:06:45.

positive thing for him and he appears to be in a positive frame of

:06:46.:06:49.

mind as he attacks this. That's the first thing that went wrong all day

:06:50.:06:52.

long so I suppose of somebody said three frames you would be 2-1 in

:06:53.:06:57.

front, he would've bitten the handoff because you don't know what

:06:58.:07:00.

will happen at start of a match. Joe has done that and now we are in the

:07:01.:07:08.

second phase of the match really, we passed the part of the manoeuvring

:07:09.:07:11.

part in getting down to seeing who has the bigger guns. You made a

:07:12.:07:19.

point about a certain 1985 and final but being in a World Championship

:07:20.:07:24.

final in 2015, Stuart Bingham had a fairy tale together and many people

:07:25.:07:29.

thought Murphy would have the better of him but fairy tales definitely

:07:30.:07:30.

happen in the sport. The mid-session interval will come

:07:31.:07:51.

after this frame. It's an important one. Joe would love to have a two

:07:52.:07:57.

frame advantage going into that mid-session interval.

:07:58.:08:12.

For someone who has had a few bets over the years, the only uncertainty

:08:13.:08:21.

I know is after the one. He was 80-1 before the beginning of the week Joe

:08:22.:08:22.

Perry. Try to hold for the black but at

:08:23.:08:41.

that distance playing below centre, it gets off-line. Ronnie had a look

:08:42.:08:45.

to see what he's got left, he hasn't left an individual pots but is there

:08:46.:08:50.

a plant? A bit of distance between the two reds but one he could

:08:51.:08:59.

certainly make. There is a gap to go off the pack as well to get the cue

:09:00.:09:06.

ball back up in the middle as well. Very well played.

:09:07.:09:14.

That's a poor shot. He really wanted to be up higher on the cue ball.

:09:15.:10:22.

Just dropping it in for the black. The previous shot was a very poor

:10:23.:10:37.

positional shot and he had so much room for error here.

:10:38.:10:48.

You don't get many opportunities against the likes of O'Sullivan but

:10:49.:10:54.

he is in top form, when you do get the easy chances you have to make

:10:55.:10:59.

more of them. And as you said no excuse for coming up short. Plenty

:11:00.:11:11.

of margin for error. I don't think he can miss going back to the ball

:11:12.:11:16.

unless he decides he has seen enough of the red to pass the pot. Decides

:11:17.:11:31.

to play the containing safety. Safe enough.

:11:32.:12:15.

That was a magnificent shot. He has had a bit of trouble there. The

:12:16.:12:28.

judge has perfectly missed the black on the way down. Back up towards the

:12:29.:12:40.

ball cushion behind the green. Always a possibility when you hit

:12:41.:12:44.

the pack that hard that something will go over a corner pockets, has

:12:45.:12:50.

he covered it? This looks like a certain plant into this pocket.

:12:51.:12:59.

You think it's a plan to put if it was a straightforward plant I would

:13:00.:13:08.

play the one near the middle pocket on to it. Because then he would be

:13:09.:13:14.

guaranteed position on the blue. If he comes off the side cushion and

:13:15.:13:19.

makes the plant then he's not certain to be on a collar. It's

:13:20.:13:25.

something like that the angle, that's what he'll try to achieve, a

:13:26.:13:30.

cushion first -- colour. Let's see how this looks. It's not bad.

:13:31.:13:40.

CROWD CLAPPING I wondered how he would get off the

:13:41.:13:47.

colour on that. He will be pleased with the outcome. Looks like one of

:13:48.:13:54.

your trick shots that John. He will be very pleased with that.

:13:55.:14:01.

Absolutely. Now the position at the moment, the black is not available

:14:02.:14:04.

to either corner pocket you would've thought. See you would think the red

:14:05.:14:13.

over the right corner, gets rid of that but it's one of those when it's

:14:14.:14:18.

close to the cushion like that, you can't inject a lot of place so he

:14:19.:14:21.

may just settle for a few blues here.

:14:22.:14:34.

I think now he would play for the red over the right corner.

:14:35.:14:47.

Definitely play for it now. It's one of these, because he's so close, you

:14:48.:14:52.

don't have to hit it hard, you can hit it harder than half and the way

:14:53.:14:58.

to play it is to play below centre, just strike it below centre. Play

:14:59.:15:03.

with top and you can banana the shot. He will settle for that. He's

:15:04.:15:07.

on the green. The pink I'm sure is available into

:15:08.:15:33.

the bottom right-hand corner pocket, he has to be pretty precise with his

:15:34.:15:34.

position. He is held at nicely. The little kiss on the road, trying

:15:35.:15:57.

to get the red in the same pocket as the pink. I suppose he'll is new he

:15:58.:16:05.

had the left corner but surprised it is not still in play for the red in

:16:06.:16:10.

the middle. Andrew with the blue not being on its spots, wasn't that easy

:16:11.:16:12.

to get a good position. A good shot here on the green. He

:16:13.:16:28.

can cut the blue, a lot of work to do with the cue ball. Does he flick

:16:29.:16:46.

it off on the red? Not quite. Because of the fin contact he needed

:16:47.:16:56.

the pace. Just came a little bit narrow. Got the flick on the pink.

:16:57.:17:37.

He will be disappointed with that safety. This thread just below the

:17:38.:17:48.

pink does pot. -- Reid. The chance now for Joe

:17:49.:18:08.

Perry. A big frame this now. Both players have chances.

:18:09.:18:35.

This black will take Joe Perry four points in front. Leave this for

:18:36.:19:26.

remaining reds with high values, it doesn't look too difficult. Just has

:19:27.:19:37.

to keep the cue ball under close

:19:38.:19:48.

control here. Ronnie will be kicking himself that he didn't make that

:19:49.:19:49.

opportunity. A good performance so far with Joe

:19:50.:20:09.

Perry in this first session. He has held himself together very well.

:20:10.:20:16.

This frame would be a great steel. The great confidence booster.

:20:17.:20:31.

This black will put 28 points ahead so we just need the red after this

:20:32.:20:34.

black. Wonderful. Good stuff. You get the feeling he

:20:35.:21:05.

would always get a chance or two, that's the nature of the game but if

:21:06.:21:09.

he would take them. Honestly I didn't see him getting this many

:21:10.:21:15.

chances. Fair play and he will go into the interval on a high you

:21:16.:21:21.

would think. Not many people gave him a chance in this match.

:21:22.:21:44.

74 break from Joe Perry. And now leads the defending champion 3-1.

:21:45.:22:25.

Fascinating story and not the one many predicted. 3-1 to the underdog.

:22:26.:22:34.

In terms of the break, 74, 72 and this is much better than what we saw

:22:35.:22:39.

from Joe in the final. I agree with commentary, I didn't think you'd be

:22:40.:22:45.

getting this many chances. Ronnie is not there, but difficult two days on

:22:46.:22:49.

the spin. Joe will be sitting there are very happy with a 3-1 lead. How

:22:50.:22:56.

big a task is this for people just coming into this match, objectively

:22:57.:23:01.

speaking, for Joe Perry to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final

:23:02.:23:05.

today? The task gets greater as he gets closer to the finishing line.

:23:06.:23:10.

These are the early exchanges so he has done as well as he could ask for

:23:11.:23:15.

and I think from Ronnie O'Sullivan's perspective and Joe's, its levels of

:23:16.:23:22.

expectation, where does he go after this performance after Marco Fu, Joe

:23:23.:23:26.

can't do any worse than the last, he scraped over the line, he can't play

:23:27.:23:31.

any worse than that really. Therefore perhaps the writing was on

:23:32.:23:34.

the wall that Joe would play with more freedom and perhaps that Ronnie

:23:35.:23:39.

Wood possibly have too much expectation on himself and there is

:23:40.:23:43.

the possibility that this is Ronnie's 12 final at the Masters and

:23:44.:23:50.

he has won six, if he would lose this, his strike rate of finals is

:23:51.:23:56.

50% which is not as good as normal champions so it's a strange

:23:57.:24:00.

situation. It is and even stranger when you think about the levels of

:24:01.:24:03.

belief that Joe Perry will have to summon today. As we said at the

:24:04.:24:08.

start, he has only beaten him twice in 15 attempts and not since 2008 so

:24:09.:24:13.

we are going back an awful long time to summon that feeling again. The

:24:14.:24:18.

last seven matches have all been Ronnie. I don't understand where it

:24:19.:24:23.

has come from. This is why as a snooker player just punch and hang

:24:24.:24:27.

on in. He turned up and I think he lost his last five matches turning

:24:28.:24:33.

up, he won a 6-1, got against Barry Hawkins and a couple of weeks ago he

:24:34.:24:37.

was thinking about packing in, you have to keep playing and practising

:24:38.:24:41.

and sometimes when you least expect it it goes your way. Funnily enough

:24:42.:24:47.

he said it had stopped his thoughts of quitting the game after beating

:24:48.:24:53.

Bingham, he said he fell out of love with the game and suddenly as John

:24:54.:24:56.

said this comes out, and incredible patch. If you think about what

:24:57.:25:03.

happened to Mark King recently. You get somebody bashing against a brick

:25:04.:25:07.

wall for seems like a long time having some success but failure as

:25:08.:25:11.

well. Then down the line it all clicks into place. As long as you

:25:12.:25:20.

are optimistic enough then you have a chance and that is what has

:25:21.:25:24.

happened today. It doesn't sound like Joe Perry has tweaked anything

:25:25.:25:31.

in his game, he has just plucked away. He sure is and has produced a

:25:32.:25:37.

trickle to this week. Speaking of tricks, you probably remember last

:25:38.:25:41.

Sunday when we showed you one of the most incredible trick shots we have

:25:42.:25:46.

scenes. We've edited this upper bits because it does run over two

:25:47.:25:51.

minutes. It was at the all stars club in Bristol. This took four

:25:52.:25:58.

hours to set up. It was set up at closing time in the club and they

:25:59.:26:02.

kept tinkering until about dawn when the cleaners were about to come in.

:26:03.:26:07.

It involved stairs and snooker tables and two American pool tables

:26:08.:26:11.

and 60 notable tables and it's definitely worth seeing again

:26:12.:26:15.

because it's an extraordinary thing. It is nice to know there's a level

:26:16.:26:19.

beakers that cue ball could have rolled off early and we would have

:26:20.:26:22.

to get the fitters in and all sorts. Great use of all of these. And it's

:26:23.:26:33.

obviously not the same ball that goes into the hole at the end that

:26:34.:26:37.

started out but is nonetheless a feat of engineering and here it

:26:38.:26:41.

comes. The ball has travelled over 500 feet. I believe they are already

:26:42.:26:48.

planning on topping that the man responsible for that, Shane O'Hara

:26:49.:26:53.

from Bristol is with Dennis trying to pass on some tips. That is one of

:26:54.:27:01.

the finest trick shots I have ever seen, how long did it take you to

:27:02.:27:05.

set that up? I will never get tired watching it that's for sure. It took

:27:06.:27:09.

me nine hours start to finish. I used to manage a snooker club, you

:27:10.:27:14.

close at 11 and open at half mindset how did you manage it? That was

:27:15.:27:18.

pretty much it, you can see the clean air in the background waiting

:27:19.:27:22.

to claim and I to shove out the way and get finished. Where was the

:27:23.:27:31.

club? All-stars in Bristol. To be fair the lot of reason why it works

:27:32.:27:35.

is because it is a spectacular venue. If it was a bit rougher it

:27:36.:27:40.

might not work. Are you a snooker player or a bit of pull? I'm a bad

:27:41.:27:45.

pool player and it even worse snooker player. How did you even

:27:46.:27:52.

think about the shot? Just a bit of marketing and it was a slow news

:27:53.:27:56.

week so it has taken off because there wasn't a lot of going on in

:27:57.:28:01.

the world. To get over 100 million people watching it is something

:28:02.:28:05.

special. I'm going to put you under real pressure here because I've

:28:06.:28:10.

trick shot setup and its live so you can't not, you have one go at it.

:28:11.:28:18.

You can borrow my cute. No pressure here. Live is not my friend but I

:28:19.:28:24.

will have a lash at it. I'm shaking, is that normal.

:28:25.:28:40.

What about the 80 cakes do I get them? You only get the one it take

:28:41.:28:45.

for that. You show me how to do it. Have we got the white ball? Here we

:28:46.:28:55.

go. There will be 100 million people

:28:56.:29:20.

happy to see me niss that up. Well done guys. We've had 23 centuries,

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five final frame deciders, two near misses in maximums and in other

:29:34.:29:37.

words, plenty of opportunities and indeed contenders for the shot of

:29:38.:29:38.

the tournament 2017. What is he going to attempt here on

:29:39.:29:58.

the green? Something special? He is. Look at the action on that cue ball.

:29:59.:30:03.

What a positional shot that is, by the way. Oh my goodness. What a

:30:04.:30:09.

shock but is. To get the work on that around the angles, what a shot.

:30:10.:30:23.

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

:30:24.:30:35.

Easy safety, but the pot wins you the frame.

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What a pot that was! Listen to the raw.

:30:49.:31:00.

A little bit strange. He's got the wrong angle on the yellow. One thing

:31:01.:31:09.

he has got is an abundance of cue power, Stuart Bingham. Watch the

:31:10.:31:16.

white spin. Well played. Unbelievable amount of side on that.

:31:17.:31:33.

Come on Ding. There is the cue ball. Flicked on the brown. It looks

:31:34.:31:44.

really good. What a shot! He couldn't have put it better than

:31:45.:31:46.

that. A big smile. Look at this for a shot. Absolutely

:31:47.:32:14.

delightful. He knew he could not force that one in because of the red

:32:15.:32:19.

on the cushion, but we have seen him knock a few of those in but that

:32:20.:32:22.

cannon was exquisite. I tell you what, what an effort to

:32:23.:33:09.

that is. I mean, that is as good a positional shot as you will ever

:33:10.:33:13.

see. Loads of top spin there. That was a bit special.

:33:14.:33:28.

Not often Ronnie thinks about a shot this length of time, but it very

:33:29.:33:32.

understandable here. It was worth waiting for. I said he

:33:33.:33:47.

would do well to find a path down the table, and he found a pot and

:33:48.:33:53.

he's on a brown to get back up to the reds.

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Even if he got to the right-hand side he has got the blue to miss,

:34:01.:34:10.

the green, to miss, good luck. Good luck. Good luck with this one! Great

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shot! What a shot! To vote for your favourite, go to

:34:18.:34:35.

the website. We will announce the winner

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receiving. That escape was part of the high drama last night in the

:34:56.:34:59.

semifinal win over Barry Hawkins and it's the underdog who holds a 3-1

:35:00.:35:03.

advantage and let's get the view from the Kerry camp at the moment.

:35:04.:35:08.

Great excitement, I'm sure. I'm here with Joe's father Peter, and his

:35:09.:35:15.

good friend Barry. What a fantastic start from Joe Perry. Brilliant,

:35:16.:35:19.

yet. To be quite honest, he was pretty nervous, but he's not firing

:35:20.:35:28.

as well as he did in his first two matches but he's getting there. He

:35:29.:35:31.

looks a lot more calm and confidence and more sure of himself, even

:35:32.:35:36.

walking around the table. The semifinal in his eyes is the match

:35:37.:35:43.

to the final, win it, brilliant, come second, brilliant. You know

:35:44.:35:46.

what I mean? That's why he is a lot,. Is that what you would have

:35:47.:35:51.

said to them, he's got nothing to lose? Everyone is expecting Ronnie

:35:52.:35:56.

to win but he is the underdog and he's got nothing to lose. No, he's

:35:57.:36:01.

made a great achievement to get this far. He's got to go out there, enjoy

:36:02.:36:06.

it, try and relax, and played the best he can. And hopefully that will

:36:07.:36:10.

be good enough. Peter, tell me about Joe's mother. She can't watch it.

:36:11.:36:19.

She won't even be watching at home? She works at Barnardos, she works

:36:20.:36:23.

there during the day and recorded obviously live. She won't watch it.

:36:24.:36:30.

If I ring up and give her a good result, she might watch it because

:36:31.:36:36.

she knows the result, but she said give Hazel ring because anybody will

:36:37.:36:41.

know I gave birth to him. His younger brother is coming down

:36:42.:36:45.

tonight. OK, the nerves will be jangling but a great start for Joe

:36:46.:36:51.

Perry. Lots to look forward to in the second half of the match. And

:36:52.:36:55.

there's lots of work forlornly to do at this stage. The best of 19, the

:36:56.:36:59.

first 210 and this evening's session to come. He's got some work to do to

:37:00.:37:06.

change the order in terms of snooker 's majors. We've been showing you

:37:07.:37:09.

this graphic over the last couple of days which indicates the state of

:37:10.:37:14.

play in snooker's three major titles, and O Sullivan has a chance

:37:15.:37:19.

to get the most number of wins in the Masters, he currently shares

:37:20.:37:23.

with Stephen Hendry, but for the first time in 18 years, there could

:37:24.:37:30.

be a revision of the record books in snooker's record books because not

:37:31.:37:37.

since Stephen Hendry overtook Steve Davis and Ray Reardon has somebody

:37:38.:37:41.

set a new benchmark in these events, and you have been in this situation,

:37:42.:37:46.

Steve, and I wonder how significant it could be in terms of snooker? I'm

:37:47.:37:52.

not too sure the players, when they're competing in the tournament

:37:53.:37:55.

at that moment, think about it, but when you look back over your career,

:37:56.:37:59.

it's something to be proud of so it matters. As we know full well, from

:38:00.:38:06.

the amount of disappointment Stephen Hendry has felt when some of his

:38:07.:38:09.

records have been broken, it does hurt. It shows they are far too

:38:10.:38:15.

greedy. You wanted all of those tournaments, let someone else when.

:38:16.:38:20.

We have got another four frames this afternoon in the final of this

:38:21.:38:24.

Masters. Lets remind you of what the story has been in the first four so

:38:25.:38:30.

far. At the start of the 2017 final, odds-on favourite against 8-1

:38:31.:38:37.

outsider, Ronnie missed this in frame one and Perry grabbed the

:38:38.:38:46.

lead, 72. A foul from Ronnie gave Joe another chance and he stepped in

:38:47.:38:53.

for a second frame. 53. A 2-0 lead for the outsider. In frame three,

:38:54.:38:59.

Ronnie made a 58 break that Joe was on the chase with a chance of a

:39:00.:39:04.

steel before missing that black and Ronnie wins his first frame and his

:39:05.:39:12.

12th final. And then, in frame for, another clearance of 72 for Perry

:39:13.:39:18.

with this long red has given Job and unexpected very, very unexpectedly

:39:19.:39:22.

-- Joel. Four more to play this afternoon and

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we will enjoy them in the company of Dennis Taylor and Stephen Hendry now

:39:31.:39:34.

in the commentary box. Good afternoon, Hazel. Great reception

:39:35.:39:42.

for both players. A lot of this Alexandra Palace crowd went

:39:43.:39:48.

expecting to see 3-1 to Joe Perry, but Joel and his fans will be quite

:39:49.:39:54.

pleased forth I spoke to his dad before the interview, and he was

:39:55.:40:01.

very optimistic. He's hoping for great things from his son. Ronnie

:40:02.:40:12.

O'Sullivan to break. As we always know, things can be changed around.

:40:13.:40:28.

Yes, Joe has got to be expecting an onslaught at some stage. He's got to

:40:29.:40:39.

keep believing. I think, if he can keep unforced errors to an extreme

:40:40.:40:46.

minimum, when he's got the lead in a match, it could happen.

:40:47.:41:03.

Four more frames in this afternoon's session. He could have a lead going

:41:04.:41:17.

into tonight 's session. If he keeps saying good safety shots like that,

:41:18.:41:26.

he will get chances. We know Ronnie is a terrific tactical player as

:41:27.:41:31.

well, but he needs a good return here.

:41:32.:41:37.

That's not the return he was after. The cannon on the yellow has left a

:41:38.:41:48.

straight red for him. A slight angle. It looks to be dead straight.

:41:49.:41:52.

Now you see it. It's been interesting in the first

:41:53.:43:00.

four frames, his body language, complaining about things, getting

:43:01.:43:01.

agitated. Is almost trying too hard. That's a very good point, Stephen.

:43:02.:43:33.

He would take a record away from you, second Masters title, looking

:43:34.:43:39.

forward, but sometimes if you do try that little bit too hard, it makes

:43:40.:43:43.

things much more difficult. Just lost the cue ball. Depends on

:43:44.:44:13.

the angle he has got on the Akrotiri.

:44:14.:44:23.

He will have to come in and out of baulk.

:44:24.:44:58.

Enough left-hand side to avoid coming back and catching the green.

:44:59.:45:06.

Played that very nicely. Something very, very relaxing about Joe out

:45:07.:45:12.

there this afternoon. Beautiful touch player, Joe Perry. Very rarely

:45:13.:45:17.

see him hit the ball too hard. Carrying on from where he left off

:45:18.:46:04.

before the mid-session interval. He had a break of 74 to go into a 3-1

:46:05.:46:15.

lead. Every chance now of clinching this fifth frame with this visit.

:46:16.:46:51.

Got enough angle on the blue, not a problem. For the next red. I say no

:46:52.:47:06.

problem, he could've played that better. He's hampered this one to

:47:07.:47:16.

the left corner. A slight lapse therein concentration. He's got to

:47:17.:47:18.

be careful with this one. Doesn't matter how good you are. If

:47:19.:47:35.

you are sitting in the seat, you can't do much about it.

:47:36.:48:08.

Not going to be easy to make a century break, the way the balls

:48:09.:48:17.

have situated. Disturb the two every chance of doing that. This will be

:48:18.:48:27.

the 24th century, 28 if he can get one. This is tricky. If it's tight

:48:28.:48:37.

on the question, a better chance of rolling it into the pocket.

:48:38.:48:47.

Just about. He hit the cushion halfway.

:48:48.:49:01.

This is a fantastic performance in this frame. And never looked in any

:49:02.:49:10.

danger from the first pot. Absolutely fantastic. Joe Perry.

:49:11.:49:18.

Terratec reception in this packed audience here. # terrific reception.

:49:19.:49:30.

That was Joe's fourth century in this year's Masters. Good timing.

:49:31.:49:45.

141 is still the highest. Marco Fu have that. Doesn't matter about the

:49:46.:50:02.

cannon on the brown. Can clear the lot. He has done more than enough.

:50:03.:50:13.

Surely he couldn't cut this in? Not quite. A good start after the

:50:14.:50:20.

mid-session interval. Joe Perry got one chance. He made a century break

:50:21.:50:24.

and he now leads Ronnie O'Sullivan by 4-1. If it hadn't been for that

:50:25.:50:30.

on the brown, you might have had a better angle on the yellow because

:50:31.:50:35.

he was on for 142 and the highest break of the championship so far. It

:50:36.:50:41.

is the 24th of the week, and in this current format of the Masters, a

:50:42.:50:48.

wild card round, 28, so will it be beaten? We shall see. I'm sure Joe

:50:49.:50:53.

was absolutely delighted with his fourth century of the week. This is

:50:54.:50:59.

great stuff from Joe. Yes, it is. I'm not going to disagree with what

:51:00.:51:03.

Stephen Hendry said at the top of the show because a lot of people

:51:04.:51:05.

felt there was only one winner today. But I would be interested,

:51:06.:51:11.

I'm not having a laugh, but what Stephen thinks. What percentage of

:51:12.:51:16.

people now think Joe has a chance? It has gone up a bit. A fair bit I

:51:17.:51:21.

would imagine. We were discussing the fact that Ronnie has, by his own

:51:22.:51:25.

admission, being in a losing habit in the final. Since October, is lost

:51:26.:51:32.

three finals. The cell B1 was an unbelievable match. You don't want

:51:33.:51:41.

that to become habit -- Selby one. It wouldn't be the seismic shock of

:51:42.:51:48.

Leicester win the Premier League. But it would be a shock if he won

:51:49.:51:54.

because one is the favourite. Joe Perry is a very accomplished player

:51:55.:51:58.

full of confidence at the moment. Steve made a very good point.

:51:59.:52:02.

Sometimes being the underdog takes the pressure off. More cliches

:52:03.:52:07.

coming out as well. Everyone has got a marathon in them. A good book in

:52:08.:52:13.

them, whatever, and maybe this is Joe's moment. Expected nothing of

:52:14.:52:21.

himself this week when he came to Ally Pally. He beat Stuart Bingham,

:52:22.:52:29.

6-1 and struggled to get past John Higgins, 6-5, but he is flying here

:52:30.:52:33.

in this final. Just picking up from what Steve

:52:34.:52:49.

Davis was saying, I don't think the snooker world expect him to win.

:52:50.:52:54.

Some of those people will certainly be having doubts. Even at 4-1 down.

:52:55.:53:09.

If Joe can just believe in his ability, he can win this match.

:53:10.:53:20.

This will really open up the frame, this next shot. Careful on the cue

:53:21.:53:51.

ball. He has hit it far too hard. If it goes to the middle, that would be

:53:52.:53:56.

a bonus, but a little bit of adrenaline there. He misjudged that

:53:57.:54:02.

one completely. If it goes to the middle, it will get him out of

:54:03.:54:10.

trouble here. Is it there? It is not. A little bit of frustration

:54:11.:54:14.

that there. The shot from the black to the red

:54:15.:54:30.

he was disgusted with, a very loose shot. That screw shot, he's

:54:31.:54:41.

brilliant at, Ronnie O'Sullivan. I mean, this was clumsy, really.

:54:42.:54:54.

The black is their easy enough. That was a wee bit careless.

:54:55.:55:15.

You can't let up for a minute in this competition. Unforced errors,

:55:16.:55:31.

you can't afford any. If he's going to win this match. The only

:55:32.:55:37.

consolation for Joe there is that the black one is safe and he did not

:55:38.:55:43.

get on the red as he intended. Having a 4-1 advantage, he's knows

:55:44.:55:48.

he's going into this evening 's play, you can't be behind. Anything

:55:49.:55:51.

else now would be a nice bonus for Joe. And keep the pressure on his

:55:52.:55:56.

opponent. A little bit of an awkward frame

:55:57.:56:16.

with the pink tied up and the black certainly tied up on the side

:56:17.:56:18.

question. Joe would love to bring the black

:56:19.:57:39.

into play here but if you place off that red and he's got to be careful

:57:40.:57:46.

he doesn't get the double-kiss on the way back down, change of plan. A

:57:47.:57:55.

change of plan. But wasn't the plan that he had in mind. He planned to

:57:56.:58:02.

screw their white back into the baulk area. Just wobbling in the

:58:03.:58:07.

jaws is what he was after. He's doing remarkably well, Joe, a

:58:08.:58:23.

player after 25 years going for his first major title. His one ranking

:58:24.:58:30.

event, 2015. But this would be some win for gentleman Joe.

:58:31.:58:39.

An awful long way to go. You can see Ronnie's plan there. Get the black

:58:40.:58:47.

back up on its own spot. Never looked like missing anything

:58:48.:59:53.

like that in the semifinal against Marco Fu. There's a little bit of

:59:54.:59:58.

pressure on the six time champion here.

:59:59.:01:12.

You play the cue ball into the area, he could play for one of the two

:01:13.:01:18.

ripples the right side corner or the left. He played for the one read to

:01:19.:01:21.

the left corner. -- Reid. That one John to Little but it's OK.

:01:22.:01:51.

Just giving the black a clean there. It's not a straightforward run to

:01:52.:02:18.

the winning line in this frame, they are not completely out of position

:02:19.:02:19.

these last two reds. That's pretty good. Just drop on the

:02:20.:02:33.

pink here. Joe Perry 33. As soon as it hits the

:02:34.:03:00.

cushion you know it's not going to drop. You can see it's just going to

:03:01.:03:14.

the right slightly. The little head movement there, not the smoothest

:03:15.:03:15.

stroke in the world. In the best of 19 there is going to

:03:16.:03:36.

be little twists and turns in turning points. And this could be a

:03:37.:03:43.

big one. Joe had a chance there to go 5-1 in front.

:03:44.:04:13.

Just needs the blue to make absolutely sure but that's unnatural

:04:14.:04:18.

angle to come back out for the pink anyway.

:04:19.:04:30.

This might just relax Ronnie O'Sullivan this. He looked a little

:04:31.:04:37.

on edge. And he looked as though he could lose the frame. I opened the

:04:38.:04:48.

door for Ronnie O'Sullivan and he walked right through it. That was a

:04:49.:04:53.

frame he badly needed but is still two behind. 4-2 to Joe Perry. A

:04:54.:05:00.

couple of loose shots and that when you are saying perversely the

:05:01.:05:03.

realisation of the scoreline kicks in at this point. It's a funny

:05:04.:05:08.

thing, he would just think give me a good start, he goes for - one ahead

:05:09.:05:13.

and he has that red. You have to hit the file draw with those, if you

:05:14.:05:17.

don't hit the near one they don't go in and I hate to be pernickety about

:05:18.:05:22.

it but when you get the best players, they know a part of the

:05:23.:05:28.

match that is so important that they jump over the chance that is given.

:05:29.:05:32.

There is weakness being shown by Ronnie today, he's not playing his

:05:33.:05:36.

best and you can bet your bottom dollar that Stephen would be all

:05:37.:05:39.

over that knowing it was the chance drive home. In agreement with that

:05:40.:05:44.

because it difficult part of the match, you have a healthy lead and

:05:45.:05:48.

feel good and then suddenly you know who is behind you. Going back to the

:05:49.:05:53.

levels of expectation, it's easy to play as the underdog and 4-1 looks

:05:54.:05:58.

like 5-1 and you think you are the favourite and clinching it is a

:05:59.:06:04.

different matter. The finishing line for Joe Perry has come a lot earlier

:06:05.:06:07.

than we would have expected that that is the sign of what can happen

:06:08.:06:11.

when you see the potential for a massive lead. The other thing is you

:06:12.:06:17.

know you will be in front for the evening session, that's why it is

:06:18.:06:21.

more important, you go five and you know you are into the night with a

:06:22.:06:26.

lead. How vulnerable is O Sullivan today? Not so vulnerable now he won

:06:27.:06:33.

the frame but that can change because a player in the ascendancy

:06:34.:06:37.

doesn't take much before one relaxes and the other freezes or stalls.

:06:38.:06:43.

They bit of panic sets in and so many things happen when you sit in

:06:44.:06:47.

that chair. All of the twists and turns.

:06:48.:07:06.

People like Steve Davis, Stephen Hendrie, they are used to winning,

:07:07.:07:12.

this is the biggest day of his professional career Joe. If he could

:07:13.:07:17.

lift the Masters. It is putting that in the back of your mind and getting

:07:18.:07:19.

on with the game. He's caught that all wrong. An early

:07:20.:07:40.

chance for Ronnie. Although saying an early chance, as we showed you

:07:41.:07:48.

the safety shot, the black is available into the left corner and

:07:49.:07:51.

of the White was a little bit of a left it would be easy to hold for

:07:52.:07:57.

the black. He had to go all the way around the back there because he

:07:58.:08:03.

didn't have the angle to hold for the black to the left corner so it

:08:04.:08:10.

wasn't straightforward. In fact it might only be a safety shot now.

:08:11.:09:42.

Good shape the shots from both players. -- safety.

:09:43.:09:55.

That is coming up a bit short but looking at the red to the left

:09:56.:10:02.

corner, he could cannon into the black so not a lot of value in that,

:10:03.:10:06.

can find another way back down the table again.

:10:07.:10:24.

The excellent length of the safety shot from Solomon. -- O'Sullivan.

:10:25.:10:50.

He could drop this dead weight and finish on the black, this is a tough

:10:51.:11:08.

shot. Brilliant pot. It didn't look as though that was on but the pace

:11:09.:11:12.

he played attacks, he made the angle, just a little trace of the

:11:13.:11:18.

right-hand side helped. What superb cueing that was. It's not going to

:11:19.:11:25.

be easy to get in here with the awkward pink, the black fairly

:11:26.:11:29.

awkward. If you can find a way to get on the

:11:30.:12:10.

black then you can play the black and play for the red closest to the

:12:11.:12:13.

black now and then you don't have too played black at any pace. So

:12:14.:12:22.

possibly has been thinking about that for two or three shots time,

:12:23.:12:32.

this red isn't a gimmick. Wide. Disappointing visits to the table

:12:33.:12:39.

for Joe Perry. As some boys were saying in the studio this is such an

:12:40.:12:46.

important time in the match for Joe Perry. He doesn't want to get in the

:12:47.:12:55.

mindset that it can be 4-4, he has to keep lead. I think you mentioned

:12:56.:13:01.

Ronnie was trying a bit too hard, I think it's a case that Joe is trying

:13:02.:13:07.

a bit too hard at the moment. And Ronnie is looking much more relaxed.

:13:08.:13:27.

One could split her. He could be in business. If this red comes past the

:13:28.:13:41.

green it might block the path up into the right corner, he was

:13:42.:13:46.

looking at that, the one between the pink and the blue would pot up into

:13:47.:13:49.

the corner but that red has come off the cushion and block the path for

:13:50.:13:54.

that. So the cannon didn't work at this time.

:13:55.:14:05.

Just a little screw on it that brought it backwards. That been that

:14:06.:14:16.

horrific shot had he picked it off but it was a bit of a free shot,

:14:17.:14:22.

this red cuts into the right middle but that was very difficult.

:14:23.:14:46.

Should be easy enough not to leave anything here.

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The first four frames set the target, possibly winning 3-1 and if

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you can get that advantage you would look at the second mini-session at

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3-1 but if you share that and you know you're still in the driving

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seat. Joe knows if he can get to five NES lead going into this

:15:50.:15:53.

evening and that adds a little bit of pressure. Certainly to the

:15:54.:15:58.

players who are not used to winning the majors.

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Wants to avoid the double case, the red has turned out as a pretty

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decent safety shot. He is looking at the possibility of

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cutting this into the middle pocket and finishing on the black believe

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it or not, he has to be careful who doesn't leave that one almost near

:17:02.:17:05.

the middle but this would be some shot if he could put this and get on

:17:06.:17:07.

the black. Without the cannon of the blue he

:17:08.:17:22.

would have finished on the black, he thought he would slide past the blue

:17:23.:17:26.

puts what a great opening pot there, is he going to be taking on the

:17:27.:17:28.

pressure green? Now he has a chance. Just making absolute certainty what

:17:29.:18:48.

he wants to do, no point playing the shots when you have a little bit of

:18:49.:18:50.

indecision. Struck that well. Best break so far for Ronnie

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O'Sullivan 58, not many finals he has played six frames and that is

:19:22.:19:23.

his highest break. This could be a frame when the next

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shot. Already 40 in France. -- front. A couple of the reds are

:20:25.:20:31.

available so no need to play a cannon there. Just be careful you

:20:32.:20:36.

don't screw back to the middle pocket.

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Has he got enough angle? He's pretty straight on this.

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That might be tight. Just enough room. A bit of distance between the

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reds but I think he could make it. That was a nice little bonus to have

:21:12.:21:31.

that available to him once he got straight on the blue. One more frame

:21:32.:21:51.

to be played in the session. Doesn't matter about that.

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That would have made absolutely sure of the frame but Joe is still in

:22:02.:22:07.

with a glimmer of hope. A couple of snooker is needed

:22:08.:22:15.

though. Not often you get a snooker with

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three reds on the table spread out like that but he is snooker on them

:22:36.:22:36.

all. -- snookered. I didn't see the match last evening

:22:37.:23:02.

but neither did Barry Hawkins otherwise he would have gone out

:23:03.:23:07.

6-2, he got the snooker and went on to win the match, what a win that

:23:08.:23:09.

was for Joe. I was in studio for that match and

:23:10.:23:25.

had never seen such a change in body language in a player, it was

:23:26.:23:28.

phenomenal once he pinched the frame to go 5-3.

:23:29.:23:59.

Still needs to snooker so he's OK taking the pink there.

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Joe needs to four point snooker is, to reds, to blacks, a tall order

:24:37.:24:48.

when the black is out of commission. He needs to get up to the pink here

:24:49.:25:13.

from this red. Only 35 remaining as you can see, 44

:25:14.:25:53.

behind. That's one way of getting four

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points. Very unlucky there. You could stand there all day and

:26:25.:26:37.

not get that shot again. He has miss it this one completely,

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should have been tight in behind the brand. -- brown. But he did bring

:26:51.:27:02.

the black interplay which may help his cause. But still two snooker is

:27:03.:27:08.

needed. This is a good one. That's a little

:27:09.:27:24.

beauty that is. He would have loved that red to come a bit further away

:27:25.:27:29.

from the cushion though. This is still a very tough snooker to hurt.

:27:30.:27:35.

At least three cushions he would think. Might be able to achieve it

:27:36.:27:43.

off to. If he goes all the way around its three cushions, has to go

:27:44.:27:46.

around the back of the green then. It might even hit... What an escape

:27:47.:27:51.

that is. He would do well to find another

:27:52.:28:00.

snooker as good as that one. He has to be a bit careful coming

:28:01.:28:27.

off the side cushion, it's so easy just to clip the green. Well judged.

:28:28.:29:20.

That seemed to jump a little bit otherwise, about halfway through the

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next frame. He knew Ronnie Wood pot the red.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan on his way back. 4-1 down and now just 4-3 and one

:29:45.:29:52.

left to play. STUDIO: Two on the bounce for Ronnie O'Sullivan and

:29:53.:29:56.

great tactical stuff. Enjoyable when you have clever snookers and

:29:57.:30:03.

fantastic escapes. Ronnie O'Sullivan had more adrenaline in the early

:30:04.:30:08.

part of the frame and smelt a bit of blood. A little nick from Joe Perry

:30:09.:30:17.

and pounced more. He will be feeling happier and the favourite to win the

:30:18.:30:22.

last frame, not a massive favourite, but the favourite. A very important

:30:23.:30:27.

frame. If you are Joe Perry and you come out of this 4-4 after leading

:30:28.:30:32.

4-1 and your opponent is off his game you will be kicking yourself

:30:33.:30:36.

because the opening session has been a chance to stamp his authority. If

:30:37.:30:44.

you come with it, great, if he doesn't, he will be disappointed.

:30:45.:30:49.

The heavy scoring from Joe Perry making a century and a couple of 70

:30:50.:30:58.

plus breaks. 58 the high break from Ronnie. Is he just warming up? What

:30:59.:31:05.

is your take? He had a tough start to the match and he has played catch

:31:06.:31:13.

up, which is not easy when you are. He is doing his job well. He has not

:31:14.:31:18.

shown frustration, he has waited for chances and they have started to

:31:19.:31:22.

come and if he comes out for - for he will be philosophical. He has

:31:23.:31:26.

passed the point of trying to win looking pretty only more, he enjoys

:31:27.:31:31.

different challenges in the game. He has talked about being a fierce

:31:32.:31:37.

competitor and he has worked on mental skills with Dr Steve Peters

:31:38.:31:41.

and seems to enjoy the fight. Against Marco Fu, perhaps this

:31:42.:31:45.

trying to come back from a position of adversity, particularly with the

:31:46.:31:51.

tip against Marco Fu and this situation, 4-1, seems to be grist to

:31:52.:31:56.

his mill. Sometimes you need to challenge. He has been around a long

:31:57.:32:02.

time. Sometimes you need something different, a challenge, and he has

:32:03.:32:06.

not been great today but his matchplay has been fine, he has

:32:07.:32:09.

played the right shots. You cannot have your best form every session

:32:10.:32:15.

you play. He is hanging in. Will it be 5-3 to Joe, or will it be for-

:32:16.:32:25.

four? Let's find out. DENNIS TAYLOR: Once again, a very good length of

:32:26.:32:28.

the break-off shot. I agree with John Parrott. Joe Perry

:32:29.:33:09.

has missed an opportunity this afternoon. He may still win the

:33:10.:33:16.

frame and have a lead. But maybe his lack of experience in big finals,

:33:17.:33:22.

not recognising that you can win long matches in the afternoon

:33:23.:33:28.

session, or go a long way towards winning them.

:33:29.:33:36.

When you have your opponent down, Dennis, you stamp on them.

:33:37.:33:45.

Yes, I could not agree more. Joe needs a thin contact here. Well,

:33:46.:33:55.

that is a thin contact. The days are long gone when Ronnie

:33:56.:34:14.

O'Sullivan loses his cool, he has not done that for a number of years

:34:15.:34:21.

and as Hazel said, he works with heaters, a sports psychiatrist, who

:34:22.:34:25.

keeps him in quite a happy place mentally.

:34:26.:34:33.

I have never seen Ronnie... Well, he was buzzing after the semifinal. You

:34:34.:34:41.

have a highlys and come-down after the match, and you have to get

:34:42.:34:46.

yourself up for the next match. It is a tough old game. It looks like

:34:47.:34:51.

his will to win has overtaken the need to entertain. Winning has

:34:52.:35:02.

become the most important thing. Even over playing well, just get the

:35:03.:35:03.

result. This is a gem of a shot he has

:35:04.:35:17.

played here. Almost got in behind the green, but

:35:18.:35:33.

that was a tough shot. He hit it thin, and also finding the gap.

:35:34.:35:40.

There is a gap for Joe. He has hit this a bit too thin. He might be OK

:35:41.:35:46.

and might have covered the one to the left corner. Maybe he has not. I

:35:47.:35:52.

think Ronnie has the angle to swing it around the table and get onto the

:35:53.:35:58.

blue. Pink might be available but that is the gap for this one.

:35:59.:36:34.

Again, not pinpoint position. The positional play we have come to

:36:35.:36:44.

expect. But still on the red. That is a terrific recovery shot. It

:36:45.:36:58.

is worth another look. I think the pink might also now be available.

:36:59.:37:05.

He's on the red to the left of the pink.

:37:06.:37:10.

Not available to the left corner, the pink. Might be available into

:37:11.:37:17.

the right corner. Clearly enough room.

:37:18.:37:21.

If he does not have a good angle to stay on the pink, no problem getting

:37:22.:37:27.

back for the blue. Looks almost the natural angle to

:37:28.:37:54.

follow through to the black and red, but you are not guaranteed a red

:37:55.:37:56.

after that shot, so... Not 100% guaranteed where the cue

:37:57.:38:18.

ball is going. He would settle for that.

:38:19.:38:26.

Have a look at the reds, where they finished.

:38:27.:38:34.

What a chance now to knock a sizeable contribution. It always

:38:35.:38:43.

looked inevitable, as soon as he got in in this frame, what was going to

:38:44.:38:50.

happen. You get a sense, when a player is upping his game, finding

:38:51.:38:55.

another gear. The players will have about three

:38:56.:39:13.

hours to get themselves ready for this evening's session at 7pm. Joe,

:39:14.:39:21.

well, he will be a bit disappointed if it is four each, that is an

:39:22.:39:27.

understatement, after leading 4-1. Ronnie is not safe in this frame

:39:28.:39:33.

yet. All it takes is one little lapse in concentration.

:39:34.:39:45.

That is a little further than he intended. He will have to cannon the

:39:46.:39:54.

pink. If he had not been straight on the red, it would have been

:39:55.:39:55.

straightforward. He is all over the table with this

:39:56.:40:10.

effort. Keep getting position. Has he got the right side of the

:40:11.:40:45.

blue? I think he is straight again. Absolutely dead straight! This has

:40:46.:40:53.

been hard work, but a very important visit to the table. It is a frame

:40:54.:40:58.

that will get them all square at four frames each after being 4-1

:40:59.:40:59.

down. That helps. The cannon on the yellow

:41:00.:41:35.

has left him perfectly on the brown. He would have been on the green

:41:36.:41:39.

without the kiss on the yellow but that was better, easier to get these

:41:40.:41:41.

two reds. I suppose you would have to say it

:41:42.:41:51.

is an all-round good break that will take him level because he has been

:41:52.:41:53.

all over the table with this effort. Oh. Why did he hit it so slowly? I

:41:54.:42:12.

know he was near the cushion, but that is the first real bit of

:42:13.:42:15.

frustration we have seen this afternoon. After working so hard. He

:42:16.:42:23.

is still a strong favour at the way the reds are, but...

:42:24.:43:19.

If you have the angle to you risk going into the pink and still hoping

:43:20.:43:28.

to be on the black? He has done. Good shot.

:43:29.:43:45.

Ronnie was odds-on to level at 4-4 and now there is a glimmer of hope

:43:46.:43:55.

for Joe Perry. To take a 5-3 lead, but an awful lot to do. The angle is

:43:56.:44:01.

there and he can move the difficult last red. He does not want to hit it

:44:02.:44:08.

too hard, does not want to send it past the middle pocket if he gets

:44:09.:44:12.

the cannon, but keep your eye on the black. He didn't. He put everything

:44:13.:44:18.

into the cannon. He hit the red perfectly but forgot to keep his eye

:44:19.:44:22.

on the black. Amazing the number of times that happens. He concentrated

:44:23.:44:31.

solely on the cannon. What a chance he has let slip. As I mentioned he

:44:32.:44:40.

has three hours to recover, and if someone said you will be 4-4 with

:44:41.:44:45.

Ronnie O'Sullivan at the mid-session, he would have taken

:44:46.:44:50.

that, but to show you the black again, he missed it by a long way.

:44:51.:44:57.

He has to take the positive out of this session. For- four with the six

:44:58.:45:08.

times Masters champion. For - one up, he had a golden chance to extend

:45:09.:45:10.

his lead. Not bothering with the black. Not

:45:11.:45:27.

the best session Ronnie O'Sullivan has ever played with his highest

:45:28.:45:32.

break 58, but he will go to the interval delighted, from 4-1, he has

:45:33.:45:41.

got him back to all square. STUDIO: There will be positives to take out

:45:42.:45:46.

of the first session from Joe's perspective, but will he be ruling

:45:47.:45:51.

the miss in frame six which might have given him a 5-1 lead? The red

:45:52.:46:00.

down the rail was the first sign of Joe seeing the winning line and not

:46:01.:46:04.

pulling the trigger as he would have liked. We have all been in that

:46:05.:46:08.

situation. He let a big fish off the hook. He will never see him again,

:46:09.:46:14.

is sometimes how it pans out. Stephen Hendry said if your opponent

:46:15.:46:20.

is down you had to stamp on him. You know as a player, you know when your

:46:21.:46:25.

opponent is struggling, you think it is time to press home the advantage

:46:26.:46:29.

and a chance comes up and you don't take it. We had a black off the spot

:46:30.:46:34.

in the last frame, which he would never miss in practice, but he

:46:35.:46:38.

looked at the cannon, took his eye off the black. The expectation of

:46:39.:46:46.

being in front and doing damage to Ronnie in that session. For- four,

:46:47.:46:51.

two or three hours to wait and walk out again as the underdog. He is

:46:52.:46:57.

back to square one. It is not terrible because he will probably

:46:58.:47:00.

play with more freedom at the start of the next session. He has to take

:47:01.:47:05.

heart in the way he has played. The people around him, they have to say

:47:06.:47:10.

that is a great start, you are for- four with Ronnie O'Sullivan. They

:47:11.:47:20.

have to forget he was 4-1 up. They have to say, it is a good start in

:47:21.:47:26.

the final, you are in there. It is a good final. It has been interesting.

:47:27.:47:31.

I am not sure Ronnie will see it in those terms because he has not got

:47:32.:47:36.

into his scoring group. But he will have been mentally stimulated by the

:47:37.:47:40.

session, because it is not always about breezing through the frame is,

:47:41.:47:45.

different mental challenges the players get. He was alerted the end

:47:46.:47:50.

of that. Sometimes we see him in his chair and he looks bored, not

:47:51.:47:55.

engaging, that was not the case. If he comes in after and says it is not

:47:56.:47:59.

the best game he played, he will have enjoyed it in his own way. We

:48:00.:48:04.

spoke about Ronnie's losing habit and he spoke about going deep into

:48:05.:48:09.

tournaments and the satisfaction but he says that nothing brings you the

:48:10.:48:13.

satisfaction of lifting silverware, and he will be hungry after three

:48:14.:48:20.

big losses in three finals. The last final, he lost to Mark Selby, but

:48:21.:48:25.

there is a weight of expectation. Everybody expects him to win. There

:48:26.:48:29.

was merit in his performance, he was nowhere near his best but he has got

:48:30.:48:34.

out level. Before we go off air, because we will come back at 7pm,

:48:35.:48:40.

there is a second chance to mull over options in our shot of the

:48:41.:48:42.

tournament you cast your vote. What was he attempt on the green? Is

:48:43.:49:01.

he going to try something special? Look at the action on that cue ball!

:49:02.:49:09.

What a positional shot. Oh, my goodness, oh my goodness, what a

:49:10.:49:14.

shot Batty is. To get the work on that with the side around the

:49:15.:49:15.

angles, what a shot. He has got it this time and he has

:49:16.:49:29.

got away with it. Easy safety, but the pot wins you

:49:30.:49:39.

the frame. The pot wins you the frame, what a

:49:40.:49:50.

pot that was! He has the wrong angle on the

:49:51.:50:10.

yellow. Too far for the brown into the same pocket. But he has an

:50:11.:50:13.

abundance of Duke Power, Stuart Bingham.

:50:14.:50:24.

-- cue power. Unbelievable amount of side on that.

:50:25.:50:35.

One good shot. Come on, how is the cue ball? It looks very good. What

:50:36.:50:45.

they shot! Look at this for a shot. Absolutely

:50:46.:51:18.

delightful. He knew he could not force that one in because of the red

:51:19.:51:23.

on the cushion. We have seen him knock a few of those in but not so

:51:24.:51:27.

much the pot. The cannon was exquisite.

:51:28.:51:42.

The reason he played for the black to the left corner.

:51:43.:52:06.

I'll tell you what, what an effort that is. That is as good a

:52:07.:52:17.

positional shot you will ever see. Loads of top spin. That was a bit

:52:18.:52:18.

special. Not often Ronnie thinks about a shot

:52:19.:52:36.

this length of time but it is understandable here.

:52:37.:52:44.

It was worth waiting on. I said he would do well to find a path down

:52:45.:52:53.

the table. He found the pot and the way back down the table and he is on

:52:54.:52:57.

the brown to get back up to the reds.

:52:58.:53:04.

Even if he got the right hand side cushion he has the blue to miss, the

:53:05.:53:12.

yellow to miss, the green. Good luck. Good luck. Good luck with this

:53:13.:53:23.

one! Great shot. What a shot! LAUGHTER.

:53:24.:53:41.

STUDIO: That may be your favourite but which ever what it is, go to the

:53:42.:53:49.

website and click on the shot of your choice. The voting closes at

:53:50.:53:54.

7pm just in time to go back on air and we will announce the winning

:53:55.:53:59.

shot in the evening session programme this evening. Interesting

:54:00.:54:05.

to see what you choose. There is a ?200,000 first prize on offer for

:54:06.:54:12.

either Ronnie or Joe. The side issue is the high break prize of ?10,000

:54:13.:54:18.

and that moment Marco Fu is on tenterhooks because he owns it after

:54:19.:54:22.

a superlatives effort in the semifinal against a certain Ronnie

:54:23.:54:26.

O'Sullivan. If you did not see it, it is worth watching in the closing

:54:27.:54:28.

stages and we join now. DENNIS TAYLOR: He is in line for the

:54:29.:54:51.

high break prize in The Masters. He has had five centuries so far this

:54:52.:55:01.

week. STEPHEN HENDRY: I think he made 11, 12 in winning the Scottish

:55:02.:55:08.

open just before Christmas. He is turning into a scoring machine. It

:55:09.:55:13.

is the biggest attribute you can have as a top player to win frames

:55:14.:55:18.

in one visit like this on a regular basis.

:55:19.:55:25.

From a psychological point, after watching Ronnie win the last frame

:55:26.:55:35.

with a 95 break and a new tip, this is what the doctor ordered for Marco

:55:36.:55:43.

Fu. Also, how quickly is he playing? It helps when you are in perfect

:55:44.:55:49.

position every shot. Brilliant. Absolutely superb from Marco Fu. The

:55:50.:55:55.

22nd century so far this week. Look at that. It is not often

:55:56.:56:23.

somebody has a quicker shot time on Ronnie O'Sullivan, but down to the

:56:24.:56:28.

fact he has the cue ball on a string. It is not down to his coach!

:56:29.:56:34.

His coaches Wayne Griffiths, but originally he was with Terry

:56:35.:56:41.

Griffiths, so he did not get the 16 seconds shot selection from Terry.

:56:42.:56:48.

He could beat his own high break by one point. What an effort.

:56:49.:57:10.

He made absolutely sure of the black. What a response from Marco

:57:11.:57:18.

Fu. He quietly gets the ball is out of the pocket but he has just

:57:19.:57:24.

cleared the table with a magnificent break of 141. STUDIO: That is the

:57:25.:57:30.

target. Marco Fu was one of the success stories of the week, a

:57:31.:57:34.

pleasure to watch him play. Not just this week, but the past few weeks,

:57:35.:57:40.

24, 25 centuries in the past few weeks but was not there when Ronnie

:57:41.:57:45.

turned up the afterburners in the semifinal. That is what it took to

:57:46.:57:50.

beat him. 60-1 for the World Championship and backing him for 28.

:57:51.:57:58.

And the Mark Selby slammed that was not to be, he would have been only

:57:59.:58:03.

the fifth man to hold all major titles in snooker at the same time.

:58:04.:58:09.

He hit a brick wall and did not get going in the tournament. For a few

:58:10.:58:13.

players, with the build-up to the World Championship, they have

:58:14.:58:17.

questions to ask. They are not necessarily in the best of form.

:58:18.:58:22.

Lots to come, but the only issue to sort out is who will be the 2017

:58:23.:58:28.

Masters champion? At 5:15pm we have highlights of the Australian Open

:58:29.:58:34.

tennis. Andy Murray and Dan Evans inaction. And we will see you for

:58:35.:58:46.

the final session in this Masters final at 7pm. Goodbye for now.

:58:47.:58:48.

Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage of the first eight frames of the 2017 Masters final from Alexandra Palace. The eventual winner will pick up a cheque for £200,000. In 2016, Ronnie O'Sullivan won a record-equalling sixth Masters title with an emphatic 10-1 win over Barry Hawkins.