First Round: Judd Trump v Marco Fu Masters Snooker


First Round: Judd Trump v Marco Fu

Two-time semi-finalist Judd Trump takes on former runner-up Marco Fu. The match is the best-of-11 frames. Jason Mohammad introduces live coverage from Alexandra Palace.


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Hello, a good afternoon to you and welcome back to the 20 17th Dafabet

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masters. The crowd here at Ally Pally have been treated to some top

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snooker. On Sunday, Ronnie O'Sullivan was

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through to the quarterfinals. But yesterday, two former world

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champions were knocked out. What can he do here? And easy

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safety. The pot wins you the frame. The pot brings you

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begins doing his impression of Mark Allen.

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He didn't want to risk it. It is there anyway. It's in. What a great

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match. John Higgins gives him a warm congratulations.

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Mark Allen wins 6-5. Look at that shot as well. I will

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tell you what, you will not see many better centuries than this, that's

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for sure. Well played, Joe Perry. He will attempt the double into the

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pocket. He has played the doubles.

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132 from Stuart Bingham. Highest break of the tournament so far.

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Fabulous stuff from Gentleman Joe. The Black For A Place In The

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Quarterfinals. It's There. Joe Perry Has Caused A Big Upset In The

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Dafabet Masters. He beats the world champion 6-1.

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An excellent performance from Joe Perry. Two of champions in the

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studio as we look forward to Judd Trump against Marco Fu. Good

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afternoon. The reason we are at the table here is we are going to look

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back at rather an unusual scenario yesterday, where we have two we

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spotted blacks, and two contrasting styles. Let's look at how Stuart

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Bingham played his shot. This is the modern way of playing

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it. He is trying to play it on to the side cushion, that is the modern

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way to do it. That is new school. Old School is John Higgins. He plays

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the double is tight to the top cushion as possible. If he misses

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the yellow pocket, he doesn't believe it over the middle pocket

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with a pot on. It was shot. We are going to play a couple of shots for

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you. You will play the first that we saw.

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What are the advantages? The advantage is, in the old way,

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they would go up and down the spots. But the cushions are softener, you

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might leave a shot on. The more modern way, you get a black tight to

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the right-hand cushion. It is a really difficult shot come

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back. The only problem is, as long as you

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don't leave the double to the middle pocket of corner, that is the chance

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you take. But if you get it right, it puts the

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onus on your opponent. It is quite a clever shot. Something like that.

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It never leaves you. No doubt, the nerves jangling as

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well is that a difficult shot. I will try to play it the other way.

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I will play the double that John Higgins play. He didn't bash it and

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go up and down, it was a controlled chance. A chance to knock it in, but

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if you miss, you can leave it safe. We will see if we can do that. Not

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there. Not in the pocket, but I would be

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happy with that. The flat here, you have left that

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on. OK, off you go! LAUGHTER

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Does your decision-making dependent on waking or in the match? At that

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point, with John Higgins, it was 4-4.

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I would be in the opinion that if I was in the lead, and somebody had

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come back to me. If the opponent have come back, I would have played

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the John Higgins doubles. John Higgins at Mark Allen under more

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pressure. Put the onus back on your opponent. He will view them.

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It could have a big bearing on the game. You could play for an hour, it

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can make a massive change. Our match for you is Judd Trump against Marco

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Fu. Let's look ahead to the character heads.

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This afternoon is in Judd Trump's favour, because Marco Fu, he has a

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poor record against Trump, two wins am, that went down to the final

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frame. We would like more of that today, please.

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Every time we turn up at major tournaments, we talk about Judd

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Trump, and we ask if it is his year. That he make the final this year.

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You would expect so. Any of the top players he is capable of beating,

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but he hasn't performed here, for some reason. The next might might be

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a different player. It will be an interesting match because Marco Fu

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is in form after winning before at Christmas. It will be very close. In

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October, Judd won the Masters. It can give you huge confidence.

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It absolutely does. He played one of the best matches I have ever seen at

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this venue to beat Neil Robertson, 6-5 will stop you played the

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semifinal the next day and he was flat. When he is at his

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He has gone through peaks and troughs, but scoring - wise, one of

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the best in the world. A bit of doubt eradicate it. If

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Marco makes the quarterfinal does he need to get on the front foot early?

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I think he needs do what he has been doing. There has been very few

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players on the circuit who have been as consistent as he is. The players

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know how good he is, the British public might not look a him as a

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Ronnie O'Sullivan or Neil Robertson, this boy is a proper player. You

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underestimate him at your peril. It is moments like this where

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presenters put you on the spot. Who are you going to go for? 6-5 Marco.

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I will go 6-5 Judd to make it even. We are the BBC in terms of balance.

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Good afternoon it has been one of the highest quality starts to any

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Dafabet masters in history. Every player has produced at least one

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century and we are set for another rocking afternoon here at Ally

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Pally. Please welcome, a player making his

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11th appearance at the Masters. Runner-up six years ago,

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semifinalist at the UK Championships last month. He went to Glasgow and

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in spectacular fashion from 4-1 beat John Higgins for the Scottish Open.

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He is in form, he is here and he is ready, from Hong Kong. Marco Fu.

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And his opponent, arguably the most exciting player of his sqrenration,

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winner of six ranking titles including the China open and this

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season's European Masters, twice a semifinalist here at the Masters,

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here it comes with his own brand of naughty snooker, the Ace in the

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Pack, Judd Trump. Generation, winner of six ranking

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titles including the China open and this season's

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE

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It is another wonderful atmosphere here. We are ready for this, live on

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BBC Two. It is Judd Trump versus Marco Fu. Let us enjoy this one in

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the company of Denis Taylor and Steve Davis.

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COMMENTATOR: Thank you very much, Jason. And as you said, a terrific

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atmosphere again at the Alexandra Palace. Judd won the toss, and a

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pretty good break of shot. The white tight on the baulk cushion.

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Well, he could see enough of it, but it's all safe, though. It will take

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the players a while to get used to the table. It is very fast. But it

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looks to be playing beautifully. Very responsive. You don't have to

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hit the ball is too hard to get them where you want -- balls.

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Straightaway, we might have an awkward frame with that red up the

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other end of the table. It would be an early stalemate, it would have to

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be said. It really. Marco is in form, so that

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counts for a lot. This is a tough shot he is taking on here. Almost.

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Where is the red button to? Is the ribbon and brown going to come to

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his rescue? I think he has covered both the reds. A bit of a result

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there. A rest with the Mac. He almost got it up. He covered both

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the bid. APPLAUSE

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Had been given for playing some kind of containment. There, but did play

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an aggressive shot. This isn't so. Red at the bottom of the pack goes

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now, so... Thought he was hampered by it as well.

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Well that was an unexpected miss, he had to put quite a bit of power in

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that. He didn't deliver the cue as smoothly as he would have liked. The

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cue coming off his hand there. Not the greatest part of his game.

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No problem for Judd Trump with the power game. He does get some action

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on the cue ball. That is for sure, and that was quite a difficult shot.

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He just pulled off there. The pot wasn't all that difficult

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but it is not the pocket, and, you know, cue action there to draw that

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cue ball back. APPLAUSE

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What a fantastic shot that was. A chance, if he wants, to go into the

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pack of the side cushion. APPLAUSE He has got everything he deserved

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here. Fantastic shots he pulled out. Oh, just about. I thought for a

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minute it would stay there. Just with that one shot potting the

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brown, he has opened up the whole of the game here. A chance for Judd to

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knock in a sizeable contribution here.

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A little bit of body movement on the last shot as he struck the ball.

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Trying to keep his head as still as possible.

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Yes, quite a difficult thing to do, especially on a power shot, to keep

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everything perfectly still. I think Marco moves a little bit on

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the shot when he delivers a cue as well. It's just a mannerism. Judd

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moves to the side a bit as he strikes the ball.

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We know that his cue doesn't go through in a dead straight line.

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It is just a pure, natural player, Judd Trump, just a natural snookered

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talent. He is making very light work of this, though.

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Very nice to watch. And he seems to have the pace of the table very

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quickly. -- snooker talents. The frame is virtually over. Marco

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with that one mistake, and you can't afford to miss blacks off the spot.

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He was playing traverse side, Judd is switching hands, he is very good

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with his opposite hand as well. Not quite in the league of Ronnie

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O'Sullivan, but he is very good with his opposite hand.

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Every chance now of making a century. It is going to be very,

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very difficult. But that is what he can just concentrate now. He's made

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a few centuries in his career, 422. I wonder if he will switch hands

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again here. Yeah. He's hampered also with the

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blue. And might be able to develop the last red, and could possibly

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make a century if this works out. Well, it opponent 's deck -- for a

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basic mistake. Yeah, the highest break in this year's Dafabet Masters

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was made last evening by Stuart Bingham, but he lost to Joe Perry

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6-1. But what a start for the Juggernaut as they call him.

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You are playing the table, not just your opponent. It seems like against

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certain opponents you have a good record, and some you don't. Perhaps

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Judd fancies the job today. Century number ten in this year's

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Masters. APPLAUSE It doesn't matter about the blue. He

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got one chance and that was all he needed. A magnificent century break

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gives Judd Trump the opening frame. It's 1-0.

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Very asking people to take seats. If you plate, was there. -- the

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referee. This looks like a pretty good break

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of shot from Marco Fu. There might be a gap between blue and pink to

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flick the reds and get back down the table.

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Now, I think he may have been lucky. He could have left something a lot

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easier than this. A horrible situation for Marco Fu. I

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am not too sure what he can do, really. Very low value trying to cut

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this red in. As long as he can get his cube download enough, perhaps he

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has a chance. I thought he would have two Jack up in the air.

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He is just about holding it. APPLAUSE

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That would have been very difficult had he been up in the air on that

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shot. Yeah, as the boys mentioned just

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before the match started, about his win in the Scottish Masters against

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John Higgins. 4-1 down, but beating John 9-4. John one of the form

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players of the season. He really is a superb player, Marco.

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Still a couple of potential banana skin is going about this break, so

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he has had to play for these reds on the top cushion. Not so much of a

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pocket to aim for a long a cushion, obviously. He would like to be high

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on this black. Doesn't really want to be straight.

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That's his fourth black. It's a bit early yet, but he has

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made four maximum breaks in his career, Marco.

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He made a maximum two years ago in the Masters, but I will never forget

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his first in Scotland. He won a motorcar for the Masters. I think it

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was the Scottish open, I think it was, and he won a motorcar, and he

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didn't even have a licence. Once again, he isn't really

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correctly on this black. It would have helped him out now in. Now he

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will possibly play a slightly riskier shot. He got a flick on that

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red. It was difficult to get high on that thread from that position. As

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you can see, very difficult to get too much speed on the cue ball from

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there. He will go straight into the yellow pocket. This would now be a

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147 chance if this goes in. APPLAUSE And now the crowd acknowledge that

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this is a potential chance for a maximum. The round of applause he

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had for the red. He doesn't have to go into the pack

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that quickly here. There's a few reds, when potted,

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will open up paths for other reds. He has left himself to straight on

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the black on a few occasions. Putting this red, he will leave

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himself a bit of an angle on the black. It might be time to go into

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the pack off this next black. Oh Filip

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I think he knew immediately. Watch his head. He was straight up. He

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knew he didn't hit that one correctly. Every chance of a counter

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attack now. You can see what that miss meant to

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Marco there. But he has left himself awkward here. It looks to be pretty

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straight, but with his cue power, this is the sort of shot that Marco

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missed in the opening frame, screwing back to reverse side.

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Probably more difficult than that. And this red goes at the back in to

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the left of the little group of reds. It is a very responsive pot

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but he made that look easy. Wouldn't put it past him to nick in

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frame. He is cueing well, walking round the table, looks very

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focussed, if that red the bottom of the four goes. That opens things up

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nicely. A bit too far? That is very tight indeed, he has

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got the other one, which is slightly more difficult. This is thinner than

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it looks on the TV though. Well played.

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Tough shot from the jaw, has he got enough angle? He has the slightest

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of angles and the red that he didn't quite get on, he has to punch it in

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to get to the correct angle. Which he has done, and he played that

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perfectly. He is on it this time. How well did he strike that. But as

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you mentioned a long time ago, the reds were all clearing each other

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and it is proving the case. He didn't have any cannons to play. As

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one was potted, it left a path for another. Excellent shot there to get

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once again high on that red. Doesn't need to collide with any other reds

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here. This could be an early turning point

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in this match, because Marco looked to be well on his way to taking the

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frame, he was concentrating on all blacks. Apart from that one shot he

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played where he misjudged the pace. Most of the time, he has been very

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fine in control. Now he can be low on this red to go up the table for

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one of the baulk colours, he has gone a massive favourite in in frame

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now, a big steal. -- in this frame. What a frame to pinch this is, he

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looks so good. Certainly in that opening frame, he is cueing really

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well. Well, what a cracking frame of

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snooker, the second frame is turning out to be.

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Marco Fu on all blacks. Missed one and Judd Trump stepped in and played

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the remaining balls with that magnificent break of 87. Now he

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leads two frames to nil. What a start this is from Judd Trump Ken,

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but Marco will be sitting thinking I was on a break of 56. I miss That

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red and we talked before this game started, that Marco has to get on

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the front foot He was chasing the 147. He was up off the shot. Very

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disappointed, but not only that, like he made a 56 break but Judd

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Trump took the balls to win the frame from that position. Came out

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with cracking pots and positional shots, and cueing sublime at the

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moment. Marco, he will be ruing that missed red because the frame is at

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his mercy, that is what we say, make sure the frame first, but it was a

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bad pot. The standard we have got right now, what have we had? Nine of

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the players have made century breaks so far, look like we are on for ten.

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It is fantastic quality. The top 16 players in the world, you expect a

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high quality from round one, and like, you have to realise that every

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match is almost, would be perfect for a final, you know, because that

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is the way it is matched up. Players are playing a lot of good form and

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Marco has come into the tournament with good form but he will be up

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against it now. Terrific standard Denis. Unbelievable Jason. Marco is

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just a couple of shots that have cost him. It would have to be, you

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say a tale of two black, you can't afford to miss these, playing to

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screw back and in fact the second was a red he missed on that maximum

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break, but, there were two fairly comfortable pots, OK, he wanted to

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drop it in to stay on the black, but, that he knew straightaway

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there, that the form that Judd was showing he could lose the frame.

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You have a situation where even if you come into a tournament as a

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inwith e you still stamp your authority on the next match you

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play, so, not too sure that Marco Fu sitting in his chair is

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super-confident as he was the moment he potted the final balls up in

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Scotland. A bit of a weak break off from Judd

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Trump. Got to be careful though, Marco, he has to pot this, because

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there is a gap round the back of the black but he could cannon into a

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red, so he has to pot this, you would feel. Well, he just missed

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that red on the right. And you would say he is OK, but with Judd Trump at

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the table, you are never sure, as we show you the red, just wobble in the

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jaws. This one that he is looking at, is very very difficult. This red

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is a long way up the cushion, to be powering it in, he had a look at it.

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I think he is probably choosing the right shot. The movement to our left

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which makes his cue go across to the left as well. Well. Across the face

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of the ball. Amazing how it happens. One of the great Welsh player, we

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will show you the movement to the side. One of the great Welsh players

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used to move forward a bit. Doug Mountjoy, not too well at the

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moment, Doug, if you are watching get well soon. I know he likes to go

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into Mark Williams club and practise every day, not the best at the

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moment, but I am sure he will bounce straight back. Knowing Doug.

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Not easy to put your opponent in a lot of trouble here. Unless of

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course you could somehow find... I don't want to say anything now! Not

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sure what he was doing there, very aggressive. Obviously going for the

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pot but misjudged it by some way, thought he could get round the back

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of the black but he hit it too far thick. Almost a safety shot behind

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the yellow was the way forward. Nice if the pink doesn't spot for

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Marco. There is his answer. Mustn't be touching that red. When the balls

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are set up at the start of the match, with the triangle of balls

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and the red at the apex of the pin, that mustn't be touching.

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Interesting, wasn't it. You always are, Steve, very interesting. That

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was a pretty poor positional shot from Marco, he was trying to get on

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the blue in such a way he could have cannoned into the pink and reds but

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he left himself straight on the blue. Can he make a better job of it

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this time? Well, he decided to roll through for the black. Doesn't want

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to be straight. If he has an angle he might get out to a red. Look at

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that, he is really going to have to force that one in. That is the trap.

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The trap no snooker player likes. He done very well there.

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We say sometimes Marco lacks a bit of power, he got it all right there

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on that shot. Giving himself a chance to keep this

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going. Albeit with a spider.

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I think the thing that stands Marco in good stead, he has a fabulous

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temperament. But that is a shocker he has played there.

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The only possible way keeping the break going now, is, as we show you

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the poor positional shot, in fact the double is not even on. If he had

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a chance he could have doubled that red and wouldn't have left anything.

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What has he spotted, not a plant coming to the rescue, surely? Oh,

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what a bonus this is. What a bonus, if this goes in. And there it is.

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A lot lucky, really. Now, looks to be in a nice position. To try and

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make amends for that last frame. Judd will be sitting in his chair, a

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bit aggrieved, really. He has to take full advantage of to

:44:14.:44:29.

that good fortune when suddenly the plant appeared.

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Doesn't want to do what he did in the previous frame.

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Nice little nudge to get the pink into the action as well.

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Increasing his positional possibilities.

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You have to fancy him from this position, Denis.

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He would have to do something careless or have a kick.

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Nis. He would have to do something

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careless or have a kick. They are not hanging about. They are coming

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up to the half hour mark. Third frame, almost over. 13 seconds?

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Average shot time? Incredible. You see, 64 ahead, so, one more red

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and anything above the yellow will be enough to leave Judd needing a

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snooker, a quick glance at the score board. He had a bash at that. I

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don't think he needed to... It seemed like he hit that harder than

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needed to. I couldn't agree more, Steve. He didn't even get enough

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screw on it, to, no wonder he was shaking his head.

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Is he going to pay for that mistake? It is not as easy this time, he is

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still a strong favourite the way the balls are situated, but the frame

:46:41.:46:45.

should have been over. This would a steal. It is not so bad with these

:46:46.:46:52.

reds on the left-hand side cushion, for Judd Trump being a left-hander.

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Obviously Marco Fu is hoping they will cause a problem.

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One or two good shots away from making that relatively easy

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clearance. Play for the open red there and

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probably going to leave himself an angle to knock that second red away?

:47:32.:47:38.

Well, he has done it with that shot. I, like you, thought he would play

:47:39.:47:52.

on the black and cannon that out but Judd had other ideas.

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Every ball going in the middle of the pocket at the moment. He is

:48:01.:48:07.

looking very confident. And now, as long as he gets a good

:48:08.:48:11.

angle on this pink, he should be able to swing across nicely for the

:48:12.:48:20.

red in the corner, screw back for the blue. He wasn't on the pink

:48:21.:48:22.

properly. Thought he had an angle. Yes, if he can get nicely anywhere

:48:23.:48:44.

in that circle being a left-hander it would be perfect. He had an angle

:48:45.:48:49.

on the brown to get over to that position.

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This looks pretty good. Looks very good.

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I said Marco Fu had a terrific temperament, if he loses this frame,

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what a test that will be, because he should have won this frame, and he

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should have won the frame before. He has played this very nicely, that is

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the only thing that could have gone wrong there, that blue to yellow.

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I say the only thing, obviously other things can, but the way he has

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cued so far, he has made very light work of this, and it is is a massive

:49:34.:49:37.

steal, so much more than the last frame.

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He looks very comfortable on the table

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There will be one more frame gfr mid-session interval. Marco will

:49:47.:49:53.

need that badly. He hasn't lost this one yet but you

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can't see Judd making a mistake, the way he is cue, it is just

:49:59.:49:59.

straightforward. Well, knowing the significance of

:50:00.:50:15.

this frame, you could be forgiven for being nervous, but so far not

:50:16.:50:19.

too Mitch never, a bit out of position.

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-- not too much nerves. Just this black.

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Well, it's happened again, Marco Fu had a magnificent break of 64.

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Missed a sitter of a red and he had to sit and watch Judd Trump come to

:50:42.:50:45.

the table, and clear up, and take the third frame. It is 3-0.

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JASON MOHAMMAD: that feeling for Marco Fu, 35 minutes played and he

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is 3-0. This is scintillating stuff from Judd Trump. Absolute class.

:50:57.:51:01.

That was sell vanesque, a that is the best thing. He thought this will

:51:02.:51:06.

be a good clear rarns. He still had a lot of work to do, but his cue

:51:07.:51:10.

ball in that break was magnificent. To an inch all the way through and a

:51:11.:51:15.

deserved win in that frame from a brilliant clearance. I don't know

:51:16.:51:17.

whether Judd Trump has somewhere to to go, he is making short work of

:51:18.:51:22.

this. 14 seconds a shot. That is unheard of. Like roller skates on

:51:23.:51:26.

him! Clearance was class, there is no doubt about that. Marco Fu on the

:51:27.:51:31.

other hand, he will be kicking himself, he has missed two easy reds

:51:32.:51:35.

that cost him two frames, look at this. He only needs this red and

:51:36.:51:39.

another colour. He tried to hit it with power. Steve said he didn't

:51:40.:51:44.

enjoyed to do that. Has he hit that too hard. He hit it thick, so it

:51:45.:51:49.

looks worse. I can understand saying he hit it hard, it looks like he hit

:51:50.:51:54.

it hard, at the same time and it has been the case, the priority is knock

:51:55.:51:58.

the ball in, play the next shot. He didn't do that. He came up off the

:51:59.:52:03.

shot on the big, the more or less the frame-winning ball and he has to

:52:04.:52:08.

stay down, normally, so still on the shot, but his head was coming up. He

:52:09.:52:11.

has to cut that out. How much of that is down to the fact he knows he

:52:12.:52:16.

was on a good break of 56, missed that red. It is playing on his mind.

:52:17.:52:23.

Maybe he has not settled. Maybe that is the case, listen, Marco Fu the

:52:24.:52:28.

way he has played in the last 12 months he hasn't missed many of

:52:29.:52:34.

those reds. Judd Trump beat Marco Fu 5-1. He on for another thrashing.

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-- is he on for another thrashing? DENNIS TAYLOR: Look at this. Average

:52:39.:52:49.

shot time confirming it. 13 seconds. I mean, there is the-of-where rang

:52:50.:52:55.

frame time. -- there is the average frame time. Just over 11 minutes.

:52:56.:53:09.

And Judd's had a century. Marco 64. Five breaks over 50 in three frames.

:53:10.:53:14.

I mean it is not like Marco has not backbench at the table. Look at the

:53:15.:53:18.

pot red success rate. 97%. Een at the table. Look at the pot

:53:19.:53:38.

red success rate. 97%. A bit of a problem here, Judd. Looks

:53:39.:53:44.

like a double-kiss if he plays safe. What a great shot that was.

:53:45.:53:51.

Fantastic effort. In some ways he has to sacrifice possibly running

:53:52.:53:55.

through. But through is a lot of pressure on Marco Fu all of a sudden

:53:56.:54:01.

so this red, everyone though on other occasions would be pretty

:54:02.:54:04.

guaranteed, he has made it. Well done Marco Fu.

:54:05.:54:14.

Not just potted it, got enough of an angle on the blue, that should he

:54:15.:54:18.

want, he can go into the pack right hand side of the pink, could open

:54:19.:54:24.

them up, or there is the loose red at the bottom of the pack, his

:54:25.:54:29.

choice, he is playing for the loose one. I would have liked to have gone

:54:30.:54:34.

into a bit of the pack there. I am not going to start arguing with

:54:35.:54:38.

Marco, he is a winner. A lot of players would have gone

:54:39.:54:40.

straight into the pink there. As I mentioned earlier he has made

:54:41.:54:54.

435 centuries in his career, he knows how to break. This is tougher

:54:55.:55:01.

going into it from the black. There is another one still

:55:02.:55:08.

available, so... That helps, but after this one, it is going to start

:55:09.:55:18.

getting more difficult. Quite a tight pack, and wile he couldn't

:55:19.:55:23.

have guaranteed a nice split from the blue, it is not a guarantee off

:55:24.:55:34.

the black either. He will be happy to see that red come over the

:55:35.:55:37.

middle. And he will be happy to see a little

:55:38.:55:42.

gap to cue between the reds, he is not hampered. Got plenty of action

:55:43.:55:48.

on this one. White kept spinning. For a while it looked like he was

:55:49.:55:50.

going to be in trouble. So what Marco Fu has to do is win

:55:51.:56:13.

this frame in in visit. Wary of the fact that Judd Trump is chomping at

:56:14.:56:20.

the bit for a counter punch. Nice if this red goes next to the pink.

:56:21.:56:56.

3-1 at the mid-session interval. He wouldn't feel all that bad, because

:56:57.:57:02.

he knows he could quite easily have won the last two frames. I mean he

:57:03.:57:07.

made a break of 56 and lost that and then 64 and lost the previous frame.

:57:08.:57:17.

Just cutting out the little mistakes he has been making, he hasn't made

:57:18.:57:21.

many but they have been so costly the way Judd is playing.

:57:22.:57:29.

He has to be careful with this next one, when he plays the red, he has

:57:30.:57:36.

to play with top-spin to make sure he pushes through the other red and

:57:37.:57:41.

leave pink or black. Top-spin applied, and, he is not hampered. He

:57:42.:57:43.

is OK. This could turn out to be an

:57:44.:58:15.

absolute cracking match. All of that match play temperament that Marco Fu

:58:16.:58:20.

showed in coming back against John Higgins, he is going to need it

:58:21.:58:22.

today. Showing a lot of character here,

:58:23.:58:42.

isn't he, after what has just gone before in the two previous frames.

:58:43.:58:48.

So he has been in first, in, well, all three frames.

:58:49.:58:56.

That is the frame safe, and now he can settle down.

:58:57.:59:10.

It is going to be roughly 45 minutes for four frames. That is going some.

:59:11.:00:08.

He said he made a break of 56, 64 and a possible century here, but I

:00:09.:00:15.

am 3-1 down. Tough game. Yeah, it remains to be

:00:16.:00:26.

seen if those two frames that Judd Trump stole will come into the

:00:27.:00:32.

equation at the end of the match. One thing is for certain, though,

:00:33.:00:38.

Marco Fu amongst the balls. Looking every bit as fluent now.

:00:39.:00:49.

A brilliant response, this, from the man from Hong Kong. It really is. He

:00:50.:00:56.

can't beat the biggest break of the event. They have knocked these four

:00:57.:01:03.

frames off as quick as John and Ken were talking about how to respot the

:01:04.:01:10.

black. Marco playing a bit of an exhibition shot there.

:01:11.:01:18.

APPLAUSE I can't wait for the second half of

:01:19.:01:30.

this match. Absolutely fantastic from Marco Fu.

:01:31.:01:37.

He looks a bit pleased with himself, and so he should be. That brilliant

:01:38.:01:43.

frame takes into the mid-session interval, where he trails 3-1.

:01:44.:01:51.

STUDIO: We have ten centurions. Marvellous stuff.

:01:52.:01:56.

They are not giving any value for money. 44 minutes played, for frames

:01:57.:02:05.

played. -- four frames. What a response from Marco Fu. A wonderful

:02:06.:02:10.

100 break. He went about it a different way. He is more of a

:02:11.:02:14.

cherry picker when he makes a break, but a fantastic response considering

:02:15.:02:16.

what happened. You could see the confidence coming

:02:17.:02:22.

back. A great response from Marco after losing those couple of frames,

:02:23.:02:28.

or when they were at his mercy. They are making the table pockets look

:02:29.:02:31.

like buckets. Believe me, we know they are not buckets, they are tied

:02:32.:02:36.

pockets. They are making it look easy.

:02:37.:02:39.

Do you think there is a difference when you come to the Masters, no

:02:40.:02:43.

disrespect to the other players on the circuit at the UK Championship

:02:44.:02:47.

or the Crucible, but you are playing the top 16 players here. If you find

:02:48.:02:52.

yourself down, there is not long to get back into the match, and you

:02:53.:02:55.

have to get off on the front foot. No place to hide on the table,

:02:56.:03:00.

everything is on you. You are the centre of occasion. You are playing

:03:01.:03:04.

the best, and you had to be at it from Bull one.

:03:05.:03:06.

The players will be back shortly. In the meantime, Marco Fu made the

:03:07.:03:12.

final in 2011 when it was at Wembley Arena. He lost to Ding Junhui.

:03:13.:03:16.

Earlier this week he sat down for a chat with Ken.

:03:17.:03:23.

Marco, welcome. The Masters is a special tournament. It is one of

:03:24.:03:28.

those tournaments that the players like to put on the bucket list to

:03:29.:03:31.

try to get their hands on the wonderful trophy. It is such a

:03:32.:03:37.

prestigious event, because I have been watching this tournament since

:03:38.:03:41.

I was a kid. A lot of classic moments from the Masters.

:03:42.:03:46.

Your early days, though, you played in the conference centre originally.

:03:47.:03:49.

It was first experience of the Masters.

:03:50.:03:52.

I played Jimmy White. I got a wild card and played him the first time I

:03:53.:03:57.

was there. I was speaking to Stephen Hendry before the match. Actually, a

:03:58.:04:04.

week before the match. He was saying, first round, maybe, 1800

:04:05.:04:07.

people, something like that. Be prepared for that...

:04:08.:04:13.

the introduction of Jimmy White already scared me. Before you even

:04:14.:04:19.

walked up the stairs, you could hear the crowd roaring. It was a special

:04:20.:04:24.

place. What about the home now. You got to the final against Ding in

:04:25.:04:28.

the arena, but that was a special moment. It was the first time we had

:04:29.:04:33.

had two Asian players in a major tournament. Special for you guys.

:04:34.:04:37.

Very special. It was a disappointing end to a very good tournament for

:04:38.:04:41.

me. I had beaten 's top players to get to the final but would not play

:04:42.:04:49.

well in the final, losing 10-4. I was very proud to get to the

:04:50.:04:55.

final, both of us Asians, a lot of people tuned in to watch ask over

:04:56.:04:59.

100 million people watching the final. A proud one for me, but

:05:00.:05:05.

disappointed I didn't play better. What a week he has had, Marco Fu!

:05:06.:05:12.

APPLAUSE You are a quiet, unassuming type of

:05:13.:05:17.

character, personality, nothing phases you. You would be a great

:05:18.:05:21.

poker player, but when you are on the table, it is a different story.

:05:22.:05:26.

You are one of those silent assassins.

:05:27.:05:28.

I try to control my emotions. I am not like the players like Stephen

:05:29.:05:33.

Hendry, he has such a killer instinct. He doesn't really want to

:05:34.:05:36.

beat you, he wants to kill you on the table! I haven't got that,

:05:37.:05:41.

honestly. I just want to keep my emotions in control. That is my

:05:42.:05:46.

strength. I want to keep myself calm and play my best snooker. But

:05:47.:05:50.

sometimes I like a bit of motivation and inspiration for which some

:05:51.:05:56.

players can black, but you can't have it both ways.

:05:57.:05:59.

You seem to have got that back. You started off as world amateur

:06:00.:06:02.

champion, coming into the game with a big reputation. You might have had

:06:03.:06:08.

a lull, but now going into your 40s, you are coming into some fantastic

:06:09.:06:13.

form, a great win in December against John Higgins in his own

:06:14.:06:16.

backyard coming from 4-1 down. You are coming into the tournament with

:06:17.:06:24.

confidence. I played very well in Scotland. It is just one of those

:06:25.:06:30.

tournaments that you know straightaway, because the first two

:06:31.:06:36.

matches I played really well, I knew I would be there a week. In the

:06:37.:06:41.

final, it was my worst game of the week.

:06:42.:06:44.

John Higgins will be happy to hear that! Cut!

:06:45.:06:51.

It was just a great feeling to be able to win a tournament

:06:52.:06:55.

convincingly. You really have to play well to win a tournament, and I

:06:56.:07:01.

would love to obviously play Mark Selby, even if he doesn't play well,

:07:02.:07:10.

you can win tournaments. You have become a family man, you

:07:11.:07:13.

are married with two young daughters as well. Has it helped you settle

:07:14.:07:21.

down a little bit more? It is not easy for players to live in another

:07:22.:07:24.

country in a different environment, has it helped you? Having family

:07:25.:07:30.

definitely settles me, because knowing that winning and losing is

:07:31.:07:33.

not the most important thing, the most important thing is happiness

:07:34.:07:36.

and health. Sometimes losing a match, going back home and being

:07:37.:07:42.

able to play with them, you forget the pain of losing straightaway. It

:07:43.:07:47.

is really good in that way, but the tough part is I need to be away from

:07:48.:07:53.

home for a long time of the year. That is very, very difficult. That

:07:54.:07:56.

is probably my biggest weakness, going into matches. But knowing that

:07:57.:08:03.

if I lose, I can go back home and see them, it takes a bit off your

:08:04.:08:09.

killer instinct, and it can be a weakness.

:08:10.:08:11.

What about your opponent, Judd Trump, he comes with a big

:08:12.:08:17.

reputation, a very exciting player, with a big fan base and big fan

:08:18.:08:20.

following, particularly here in London. How will you approach that

:08:21.:08:26.

game? Is it just another game to you? Do you play different players

:08:27.:08:31.

differently? I try to play the same against different players, but it

:08:32.:08:37.

will be a tough game. Playing Jud is like playing Ronnie or Jimmy in

:08:38.:08:40.

London. But I have been here before, so I know what it takes to win. But

:08:41.:08:45.

my record against him is not great, to be honest. But I am playing a

:08:46.:08:51.

little bit better now. I have just went back a tournament, so the

:08:52.:08:53.

feeling for this match is different compared to before. -- just won a

:08:54.:09:00.

tournament. What does it mean for Marco Fu to lift that trophy on a

:09:01.:09:05.

Sunday night? The Masters trophy. I have come close to winning double

:09:06.:09:08.

crown events over the years. I have two semis in the world, and finals,

:09:09.:09:17.

but I have never really won anything over the years. Triple Crown events

:09:18.:09:21.

are the ones you love to win. Hopefully this is my week.

:09:22.:09:27.

OK, very best of luck to you. STUDIO: He just abraded his 39th

:09:28.:09:30.

birthday, still playing ever so well. -- celebrated. He is an

:09:31.:09:36.

unassuming character. You would not know he is in the room at all, but a

:09:37.:09:41.

lovely lad. He is playing fantastic. A huge frame before the interval. He

:09:42.:09:49.

will be feeling better. It will be a cracking finale.

:09:50.:09:51.

He lives and breathes it as well, Jason. Many years ago when I was

:09:52.:09:55.

playing the circuits, one of his first matches was against me. He can

:09:56.:10:01.

remember everything, I can't remember last week. He is a real

:10:02.:10:05.

student of the game. He has never changed. He is a lovely lad now and

:10:06.:10:10.

was then. He has been here since Sunday, I

:10:11.:10:14.

think. Coming into practice every day with Wayne, his coach, so he is

:10:15.:10:22.

a really lovable lad. And a worker. He is 39, fair play to Marco Fu, we

:10:23.:10:28.

were in York in December, looking at the draw for the third round, where

:10:29.:10:32.

six Chinese players were through to the third round. Not many of them

:10:33.:10:36.

then progressed in the tournament. We endlessly talk about when a big

:10:37.:10:40.

explosion is going to happen, when are the Chinese players going to

:10:41.:10:43.

come through and threaten major finals? Let's ask Ken, playing with

:10:44.:10:52.

them. Which ones have you seen? There are a couple of young lads.

:10:53.:11:04.

The two lads that won the World Cup. There are three that stand out for

:11:05.:11:10.

me. They are all around not even 20 yet. They are very young, but they

:11:11.:11:14.

will be the next big thing from China.

:11:15.:11:19.

We know how popular the sport is in China, especially with Ding Junhui.

:11:20.:11:30.

The adulation for the players from Thailand, we need one from Germany,

:11:31.:11:36.

Belgium, come on, boys, get the cue out and get practising. Thank you

:11:37.:11:39.

very much indeed. If you are tuning in and want to get

:11:40.:11:43.

up to speed with how the Masters is looking. Let's bring you up-to-date.

:11:44.:11:44.

This is how we are shaping up. Ronnie O'Sullivan is the first man

:11:45.:11:54.

through to the last eight. You'll Robertson and Ali Carter get

:11:55.:11:59.

underway tonight at 8pm tonight on the red button. Judd Trump leads

:12:00.:12:06.

Marco Fu 3-1. Mark Allen is through after beating John Higgins. Ding

:12:07.:12:17.

Junhui saw off Kyren Wilson 6-3. Shaun Murphy takes on Barry Hawkins

:12:18.:12:21.

tomorrow night. Two former Masters champion 's clash at 1pm tomorrow,

:12:22.:12:23.

Selby against Williams. We want to know more about our

:12:24.:12:32.

snooker players on the circuit here at the Masters, so we thought we

:12:33.:12:36.

would get a graphologist to look at the handwriting of Neil Robertson.

:12:37.:12:43.

This writing is very large, because from the top of the key to the

:12:44.:12:51.

bottom of the GS 15 millimetres. They could be left-handed.

:12:52.:12:55.

See a stroke that is expanding, it can be worrying, because there is an

:12:56.:13:05.

increased pressure, pushing, and it can have a bullying quality. In this

:13:06.:13:11.

situation, one can see that the writing style started light on the

:13:12.:13:23.

left. It is a marvellous example of somebody in the right job, because

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look at the fact that you have the cue coming off to the right, and

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bouncing balls in the middle. He is symbolically saying, "This is the

:13:35.:13:37.

job I want to do". He is optimistic. He has a writing baseline. He is

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trying to do his best. But there is a tendency for him to try to do too

:13:45.:13:47.

much. Do you see the way that there is a touching of the low zone to the

:13:48.:13:53.

top of the next line. When you have the overlap of lines, it is somebody

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who is doing too much. There can be too much going on that they're

:14:01.:14:04.

planning ability can suffer. In addition to that, there is a

:14:05.:14:08.

tremendous need to retain. If you look at the pressure under the

:14:09.:14:13.

microscope, it is going from a light down stroke, to a heavy upstroke.

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Actually, in writing, quite the opposite should be the case. This

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down stroke should be heavy, and this upstroke should be lighter.

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When you have this displaced pressure, as it is called, it is

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somebody that has a tremendously strong need to retain, which is a

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positive thing if you are a competitive player. There is an

:14:36.:14:40.

extra stroke in some of the places. Look at the way that the O has been

:14:41.:14:50.

finished. This is somebody who is a perfectionist. The issue here is,

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when you have connected writing, somebody that is a logical thinker,

:14:59.:15:03.

it can set up a slight indecision. I will do that, should I.

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The actual follow-through is sometimes not complete. But slight

:15:11.:15:16.

indecision about where should I go is showing in the structure of the

:15:17.:15:20.

letters as well. Again, it would be interesting to

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see this person playing, to see whether they move around the table

:15:25.:15:28.

and consider a lot of shots before actually going forward and taking

:15:29.:15:29.

that shot. STUDIO: I hope Adam never see the

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notes I make, otherwise he would have a field day! He mentioned

:15:40.:15:45.

indecision a few times. Can we relate that to Neal's west around

:15:46.:15:48.

the table? Absolutely not. If anyone is focused

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and knows what to do it is Neil. This is a tournament Neal has done

:15:55.:15:58.

well in. He has had three finals in this venue, so he likes the venue.

:15:59.:16:04.

He was beaten last year, the best best of 11 I have seen against Judd

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Trump. He loves the big events. After a slight hiatus in the season

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for him by his standards, he will be keyed up for this.

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I talked to him about his 20 15th championship, and he crashed out in

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the last 32 of the World Championship.

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He has not regained his form from 2015. He is a class player. Even

:16:26.:16:33.

class players go through peaks and troughs.

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I am sure 2017 will be one of the forerunners for him.

:16:40.:16:44.

He has just played in the championship league last week, 13

:16:45.:16:47.

centuries, so he is back. Neal takes on Ali Carter this

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evening. It is on the red button at 7pm, highlights on BBC Two with

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Hazel. We have been looking at his game.

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We have some fluid and heavy school was on the circuit, and Ali Carter

:17:04.:17:08.

comes into that category. Yes, what an incredible match

:17:09.:17:14.

player. Very tough to beat -- scorers.

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He can get upset with himself sometimes.

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What about his technique? His technique is one of the best in the

:17:25.:17:28.

game. He has a short bridge, so he is close to the cue ball, keeping

:17:29.:17:35.

very still on the shot. Times the ball really well.

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The fact that he is centralised in his striking, ie he is not dominant

:17:40.:17:45.

left or right, he can bring the cue back in a straight line, and push

:17:46.:17:51.

back in a straight line. Not many players can do that.

:17:52.:17:54.

He has had well-documented health problems, but to come back and wind

:17:55.:17:58.

won't is amazing. Tremendous what he has done.

:17:59.:18:00.

Tremendous fighting character. He works very hard. Perhaps I have been

:18:01.:18:06.

on at him when I have tried to help Ali in the past. I always feel he

:18:07.:18:12.

could be even better than he is. I feel that he did win more

:18:13.:18:15.

tournaments than he has done. Sometimes I wish he had the

:18:16.:18:20.

dedication of a Stuart Bingham or a Shaun Murphy, or a Mark Selby. But

:18:21.:18:25.

that might just be his character. He likes to prepare for certain

:18:26.:18:29.

tournaments, especially the World Championship, and it works for him.

:18:30.:18:33.

He has arguably been unlucky to run into Ronnie O'Sullivan in two of

:18:34.:18:38.

those finals. Absolutely. The way he was playing during the

:18:39.:18:42.

World Championships, he would have had an outstanding chance against

:18:43.:18:45.

any other player in the world to become world champion. I still

:18:46.:18:48.

believe he can become world champion, because he has so many

:18:49.:18:52.

things in his favour. Technically, he is brilliant. He has got a great

:18:53.:18:57.

fighting mental attitude, he really, really does want to win badly. It

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means an awful lot to him. It is quite interesting for me to work

:19:02.:19:06.

closely with Ali. We have worked on a few things specifically on the

:19:07.:19:09.

mental side of the game. I see a completely different player from the

:19:10.:19:14.

player that I first started working with 4-5 years ago.

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You are close to him. Do you honestly think he is ectopic player?

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Absently. -- a top eight player. Ali has great bottle. Under pressure, he

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is capable of doing whatever he needs to do.

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STUDIO: And he is one of the sharpest dresses on the tour as

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well. You can see how he gets on tonight in highlights on BBC Two

:19:49.:19:53.

with Hazel, live coverage, 7pm, red button and online. You know where to

:19:54.:19:57.

go. Every ball this year 's live on the BBC. Back to this afternoon,

:19:58.:20:05.

Judd Trump leads Marco Fu 3-1. Marvellous entertainment.

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All we want is more the same. Yes please.

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A big frame for Marco, this one. Good stuff, back to our commentary

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team, Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis. COMMENTATOR: Thank you, Jason. Let's

:20:25.:20:29.

hope this match continues. From where it left. Fabulous from both

:20:30.:20:36.

players. Of big breaks. Both players have had a century. Marco's to rivet

:20:37.:20:41.

130 two win his first frame just before the mid-session interval. As

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Ken Doherty said that, although it is best of 11, this is a key frame

:20:47.:20:54.

coming up, 4-1. Look at the pot success rate, it has jumped up from

:20:55.:20:58.

Marco to 93. Judd is still at 96. Only two points separate them. Just

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a containing safety there. Only three different in balls

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potted. I know there are three interested

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spectators watching, his son Damian and his lovely wife Anneka have just

:21:35.:21:37.

arrived back from hospital with their new baby boy Hunter that was

:21:38.:21:46.

born yesterday. His grandad will soon put him to sleep listening to

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Steve and me. Now, is he going to get away with

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this? He has. I say he has Marco might

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have a go with the red to the left corner, and leave himself on the

:22:53.:22:56.

black. He can't get to that one. Not a good potting angle anyway.

:22:57.:23:04.

Maybe he can see enough of it. Yeah, yeah, he can just see past the

:23:05.:23:09.

brown. So he didn't get away with it there,

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Judd. APPLAUSE You can see by the amount of time

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Marco is studying this that it's not a foregone conclusion for position

:23:37.:23:38.

on a red. A marvellous shot. If he's not on a

:23:39.:23:57.

ball there, he can count himself very unlucky.

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He might have to take a tricky one into the right middle. He is looking

:24:03.:24:06.

to see if the one will go in the left middle pocket. That would be an

:24:07.:24:11.

easier pot. If it does, there is a gap to screw. He can get through to

:24:12.:24:20.

that one, just, I think. Just about. Doesn't really want to pot the pink,

:24:21.:24:27.

I don't think. That could be the only reason why he didn't get

:24:28.:24:28.

straight down on this. Taking a bit of time to work it out,

:24:29.:24:47.

and now goes for the pink, so happy with the situation. I don't exactly

:24:48.:24:49.

know where the pink spots. That's the only reason he didn't

:24:50.:25:03.

want to be playing that. It ties up another red.

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Oh... that is a bad mistake if he's not on this. He should have been

:25:15.:25:23.

nowhere near that red. Tempting fate really.

:25:24.:25:25.

He had to play it with a trace of side and he didn't get enough side

:25:26.:25:29.

on it. It was so easy. Oh, that is careless. Didn't get the required

:25:30.:25:37.

side on that. Quite a margin for error, played with left-hand side,

:25:38.:25:44.

but not quite enough on it. That's a let off for Judd Trump.

:25:45.:26:22.

So far in this match, nearly all of the unforced errors have come from

:26:23.:26:33.

Marco Fu. But he is still potting nicely. APPLAUSE

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That brown is nicely over the pocket. It was a poor safety shot

:26:42.:26:47.

from Judd, it has to be said. That's not the best kiss in the

:26:48.:26:54.

world. I suppose he had to play it that

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way. He didn't have to try and shift everything around. And these are not

:27:15.:27:19.

certainties. APPLAUSE Bit wider on the blue than he

:27:20.:27:43.

wanted, so not trusting to luck this time by going into balls. He's

:27:44.:27:48.

trying to keep it in open play. He's lost the cue ball a bit there.

:27:49.:27:55.

I'm sure he wanted to be on the one to the left of the table.

:27:56.:28:05.

Perhaps he was going for these two on the right-hand side, but he is

:28:06.:28:15.

short of pace on bones. -- combos. So, a missable read now. -- short of

:28:16.:28:22.

pace on those. APPLAUSE Good recovery pot, but the wrong

:28:23.:28:34.

side of the blue. But that red to the left of the bunch is on for him

:28:35.:28:39.

if he screws back a couple of feet. He can be on that, as you can see,

:28:40.:28:44.

on the left side of the blue line there. He has to leave a

:28:45.:28:49.

medium-range pot. Yeah, the only trouble with this is,

:28:50.:28:55.

the cue ball in this break is doing a bit more mileage than he would

:28:56.:29:02.

have wanted. Trying to get the right side of

:29:03.:29:06.

balls from distance is harder than when you are close in. Once again,

:29:07.:29:14.

looks to be a bit short on the blue. The worst scenario is straight.

:29:15.:29:24.

REFEREE: Foul. Talked himself into playing that

:29:25.:29:59.

with a bit of right-hand spin. Trying to twist the black in. Very

:30:00.:30:10.

tight. Yeah, trying to play that with a trace of side is difficult.

:30:11.:30:14.

He could have rolled the blue in and left the red. There is a read

:30:15.:30:18.

between the black spot and the pack. He could have left that. But it was

:30:19.:30:23.

a tricky pot. He was asking a little bit much to just bend it slightly to

:30:24.:30:29.

create a potting angle on the black. Not much Judd Trump could do with

:30:30.:30:34.

that shot other than get it down the table.

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Got the pace wrong. Marco doesn't pot it, and now Judd Trump, should

:30:44.:30:49.

he wish to, can open the reds up a bit more. You get the feeling that

:30:50.:30:55.

Judd only needs one chance in a frame.

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I don't know know... Marco can come down the right side of the table.

:31:08.:31:13.

But he has to be careful with this red. Could sneak over the left

:31:14.:31:15.

corner. It almost went right over the corner

:31:16.:31:31.

as you predicted, Steve. But look at the cue ball, the length on that is

:31:32.:31:35.

terrific, and while that is a big pocket, if he can't get through to

:31:36.:31:40.

cut the one end that the near the pocket. Look where the cue ball is,

:31:41.:31:45.

but there is no easy safety, he will have to attempt... He has not come

:31:46.:31:51.

up to look at how the red is lying over the pocket but you feel as if

:31:52.:31:55.

he has a big margin of error on that red that is is a bit further up. But

:31:56.:32:00.

he is playing the safety or possibly the shot to nothing.

:32:01.:32:08.

He has a good cue ball if it keeps running. What a shot this is. That

:32:09.:32:20.

is a face fascinating situation. Perhaps the Judd Trump of old would

:32:21.:32:23.

have got down and played the big pocket shot as we could call it in

:32:24.:32:28.

the game, but Judd showing some maturity and perhaps just, waiting

:32:29.:32:33.

for a better chance, not... Panicking at the first opportunity

:32:34.:32:37.

an he has put the pressure on Marco here. Can Marco lay on the pack?

:32:38.:32:44.

There is not much of a pack. Yes, a pack of three. Yes.

:32:45.:32:58.

And very difficult to get through to the red, that is over the pocket. He

:32:59.:33:06.

is trying to see if he can come off a couple of cushions, but this is so

:33:07.:33:10.

tough here. It is not a bad effort if he hisses

:33:11.:33:15.

the pink. It might be in the pocket though, but it wasn't a bad effort.

:33:16.:33:22.

How has he not hit the red? The ultimate miss that.

:33:23.:33:32.

If anything wasn't a miss it was that but it is a miss. Can he find

:33:33.:33:36.

that angle again, it is going to be difficult. The referee is allowed to

:33:37.:33:42.

not call a miss under those circumstances but the modern day way

:33:43.:33:45.

is you call it. He has it this time and he has got away with it.

:33:46.:33:55.

Well almost got away with it. The red will pot. It is not easy but it

:33:56.:34:01.

will go. Oh. All of a sudden, I said it

:34:02.:34:07.

wasn't easy and all of a sudden, from being in a terrible position,

:34:08.:34:12.

Marco Fu is back at the table with a chance.

:34:13.:34:17.

Yes, I think the reason he did get away with it, is that Judd Trump was

:34:18.:34:21.

expecting an easy opportunity from that and all of a sudden he comes to

:34:22.:34:25.

the table with a bit more pressure than he thought was possible. That

:34:26.:34:32.

is the first relatively easy ball I think Judd has missed.

:34:33.:34:40.

But that escape of Marco, he has to go so close to the pink, to even

:34:41.:34:44.

give himself any chance of hitting that red. I mean that was pinpoint

:34:45.:34:49.

accuracy, you won't see a better escape than that.

:34:50.:35:04.

Watch how close he goes to the pink here, slides past. Amazing.

:35:05.:35:12.

This is his third attempt to win this frame, in open play.

:35:13.:35:19.

You would expect him to convert this chance.

:35:20.:35:34.

Once again he just about gets on the right side of the colour. That

:35:35.:35:41.

looked a bit lazy that cue ball, as it came back.

:35:42.:36:38.

He is carrying on where he left off before the mid-session interval, is

:36:39.:36:46.

Marco. As I say, he showed a lot of

:36:47.:36:50.

character after losing two frames where he made breaks of 56 and 644

:36:51.:36:56.

to bounce back with 130. This is the longest frame of the match so far,

:36:57.:37:01.

but the balls did go a little awkward.

:37:02.:37:09.

That is the frame safe. I think he didn't panic when he was

:37:10.:37:37.

3-0 down because of what he did to John Higgins in the Scottish Open

:37:38.:37:41.

final, he was 4-1 down and won eight frames in a row. You know, that is

:37:42.:37:45.

always going to be in the back of your mind, so you don't tend to

:37:46.:37:52.

panic, and he didn't. And it is two in a row to be one

:37:53.:37:58.

behind. I did mention before the mid-session

:37:59.:38:03.

interval, I thought this could be a cracking match, it could prove to

:38:04.:38:07.

be. Because they are both playing really well. Both 95%, with the pot

:38:08.:38:16.

success rate. Terrific stuff. This crowd is being royally entertained

:38:17.:38:19.

here in the Ally Pally this afternoon.

:38:20.:38:54.

He has currently got the same pot success rate, although it doesn't

:38:55.:39:00.

feel like that for some reason. It feels like Marco has made more

:39:01.:39:11.

mistakes, but that is the way it is. Well, that is another fabulous

:39:12.:39:15.

clearance there from Marco Fu. Breaks of 130 and that break of 88

:39:16.:39:23.

is only one behind now, it is 3-2 to Judd Trump. Long may this last,

:39:24.:39:28.

because this is a cracker, it has the hallmarks of being another

:39:29.:39:31.

blistering match here It had the look of that with Marco coming in in

:39:32.:39:35.

good form. Judd having a good record against him and the two current

:39:36.:39:39.

players in good form. There is a situation which is very strange,

:39:40.:39:42.

where if you look at the table, Marco is in all sorts of trouble

:39:43.:39:46.

here, and he has to get out of a snooker. He looks like he has enough

:39:47.:39:50.

reds, you think he is he going to get out of this? If not lose the

:39:51.:39:54.

frame be pegged back in the frame, and to his in a couple of shots

:39:55.:39:58.

later, he gets in and wins the frame off it. But this was a brilliant

:39:59.:40:02.

attempt. Sneaks past the pink. Hits the red. Doesn't get the double-kiss

:40:03.:40:07.

in the first place, which is great but to get out of that. Judd missed

:40:08.:40:12.

and he was back in. To get out of that is clever. He has showed a lot

:40:13.:40:18.

of character, Marco. He has. He hasn't pressed the panic button.

:40:19.:40:23.

That will come from the confidence of beating John Higgins in Scotland.

:40:24.:40:27.

When you are playing well you don't press the panic Button. He is calm

:40:28.:40:30.

and he has taken his chances as he got them. All 06 a sudden from Judd

:40:31.:40:35.

Trump looking like he was going to runway with this he has been pegged

:40:36.:40:42.

back. The deficits are worse and seem insurmountable when you have no

:40:43.:40:45.

form but that is not the case with Marco. So a break of 88 has got

:40:46.:40:48.

Marco Fu right back in this one. DENNIS TAYLOR: no easy way back down

:40:49.:41:11.

the table so just the containing safety shot.

:41:12.:41:23.

Well, that is very careless from Marco, there. The red shouldn't have

:41:24.:41:36.

been anywhere near the yellow. He has overcut it. Manufacture He has

:41:37.:41:43.

overcut it so lost a bit of his rhythm at the minute, Judd. He never

:41:44.:41:48.

looked like missing in the three opening frames. Just overcut that,

:41:49.:41:52.

probably with a trace of side on it. Not sure what, I think Marco hit

:41:53.:42:15.

that far too hard. He was playing for the blue. If it hadn't caught

:42:16.:42:19.

the middle pocket it might have finished up on the black. The red

:42:20.:42:23.

close to the pocket, sometimes it is a bit difficult to judge what you

:42:24.:42:27.

are doing with the cue ball. Take some shot to keep this break going.

:42:28.:42:36.

A bit adventurous to play the two ball plant at distance. It is not

:42:37.:42:45.

got the most cue power to be able to swing this round for the top

:42:46.:42:51.

cushion. So trundling through, has he left himself... Enough of a gap

:42:52.:42:57.

to play this outside red? Oh, there was a bit more of an angle, so he

:42:58.:43:02.

couldn't do that. So he can get to this red.

:43:03.:43:11.

Well recovered. And this time he has to go into the

:43:12.:43:16.

pink, there is only one red, so plenty of power, try and hit the

:43:17.:43:21.

pink full ball. Well he is still playing for the

:43:22.:43:27.

loose red, that is amazing. Well I think, has he got there? Has it just

:43:28.:43:35.

got there? Doesn't look like it. Well I, like you, thought that was

:43:36.:43:39.

the time to go in. Ken was, John was saying in the studio it is not his

:43:40.:43:45.

way to go into the pack. It wasn't perfect situation to go in, the pink

:43:46.:43:49.

was away from the apex of the reds there. So many shots on the snooker

:43:50.:43:56.

table you think I wish I could have that one again. Has he got this

:43:57.:44:02.

behind the yellow? He needs to get it there.

:44:03.:44:08.

Can Judd Trump just get past? I don't think so.

:44:09.:44:09.

It is tight. So, a few questions on Judd know. --

:44:10.:44:27.

now. 3-0 up, never nice to sacrifice a

:44:28.:44:33.

3-0 lead, is it? Just lost a bit of rhythm, he needs a chance to get in

:44:34.:44:37.

among the balls again. Meanwhile he has to play a few good

:44:38.:44:46.

safeties to create that chance. And this is pretty good.

:44:47.:45:01.

That nice flick on the brown has snookered Marco. He can't go down

:45:02.:45:14.

the left-hand side. So a bit of danger here. He is not snookered on

:45:15.:45:21.

the reds, so he, he has to go for one. Within three visit. If he

:45:22.:45:29.

didn't like the situation he could go off the side cushion and play

:45:30.:45:32.

into the pack or play a containing shot, but a bit of a problem.

:45:33.:45:38.

Because he has to cover that red, that is near the right corner, and

:45:39.:45:44.

he is looking over there, to see, he can find a path round to that

:45:45.:45:52.

position, but he only has the blue to snooker Judd on. So let us see if

:45:53.:45:57.

he can judge this, he will have to be perfect. He has found the gap.

:45:58.:46:03.

But I think he has hit it a little bit too hard. It was tough that.

:46:04.:46:09.

Yes, he has, but this is a big shot now. It is not a certainty. Choices

:46:10.:46:25.

of reds. Enough distance it is not guaranteed.

:46:26.:46:34.

As I say, he needs an easy starter just to get a bit of rhythm going.

:46:35.:46:42.

It is a similar sort of shot for Marco Fu here.

:46:43.:46:48.

He will be delighted with where the cue ball has ended up.

:46:49.:47:08.

Wow. He had to give it a bash but he kept that cue on the line and this

:47:09.:47:13.

black gives him a great chance if he can get this in and it's in.

:47:14.:47:20.

What a match player, Marco Fu is. He has gone ahead in the pot success

:47:21.:47:46.

department, Marco, he is now at 96. Fabulous stuff.

:47:47.:47:51.

Well, from both players. And as you mentioned at the start,

:47:52.:48:06.

Steve, they have played each other 11 times, and Judd Trump has won

:48:07.:48:12.

nine of those, you wouldn't think it, the way Marco is going about

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this. That is not marvellous, but he has

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got pots on, but lost the cue ball a bit. When you think Dennis, how well

:48:30.:48:35.

Judd Trump started this match off. He looked insinceable. Take --

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invincible. Marco Fu has bags of experience and

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that bit of confidence. He is making what could have been a very bad day

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potentially a wonderful one. Ooh! Well, it has just turned into

:48:56.:49:10.

bad day again. The twist and turns.

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Now, earlier in the day, Judd Trump would have mopped these up. Bit more

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difficult now He has played a shocker. Now he is forced with a

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very tricky cut back. He thought he had enough side to swing it out

:49:36.:49:42.

nicely on the black. Good recovery though.

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That is what he can do, he is a devastating potter. There is a lot

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more balls to be potted, but arguably that could be the most

:49:56.:49:58.

important shot of the day for Judd Trump.

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He committed to that black. Knew it was tough.

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Will that be the Springboard for another counter attack?

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Not the best opportunity. Opportunity.

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Of the ones he had. A few reds round the pink that look awkward. Not sure

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what he played for? Did he play for the one... The one below the pink.

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That doesn't go, does it? Wonderfully on this black should he

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want to go into the reds. Didn't get a great split. He is still in

:51:27.:51:29.

position. That is my favourite shot of the

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game. The stun run through. I really love that shot. Takes a lot of

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practise to perfect that. That is a lovely shot. You hit it in

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the centre and punch it, and the white just follows through about 18

:52:05.:52:09.

inches. Cue ball has come a bit further away

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from the cushion for it to be comfortable here. He has a bit of

:52:15.:52:16.

stretching to do. I think he is just OK, just coming

:52:17.:52:34.

round to check there, if the the red that is two from the pink will go.

:52:35.:52:42.

He needs that red on the right side cushion. That is Marco Fu's current

:52:43.:52:54.

insurance policy. He didn't feel as if the red would go, that is why he

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played the cannon. It could have worked out a bit better for him.

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Another good recovery pot. Just a lit check of the score board

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to work out if he does need this red, he could have argued he should

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have worked out earlier, but it would be highly critical to say

:53:47.:53:53.

that! Yes, he has to move it, hasn't he, and needs a good angle now.

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From where he has ended up, it is not easy to get this red out, to

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guarantee collision with it. He is left handed, so not so easy to drop

:54:23.:54:26.

on to the side cushion, so he is going for this to knock it out. Not

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just the direction, it is the pace. Great effort. Great effort.

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APPLAUSE Especially played from Judd Trump.

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-- especially played from Judd Trump. And he will be feeling a lot

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better and a lot of his sport earths will be, because Marco Fu was just

:54:55.:54:58.

starting to take control of the match. -- supporters.

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This has stopped the rot for Judd. Didn't get much of a chance, the two

:55:11.:55:19.

previous frames. Just lost a bit of rhythm. Once he got in among them,

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he has looked just the way he did at the start of this match.

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Apparently Judd has been playing magnificent in practise in the build

:55:34.:55:40.

up to this event. And he has answered a few questions here today.

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4-2. JASON MOHAMMAD: when Marco was in, I

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thought I wonder whether Judd is thinking to what happened in

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December when he was 5-1 Apparently Judd has been playing

:55:58.:56:02.

magnificent in practise in the build up to this event. And he has

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answered a few questions here today. 4-2.

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JASON MOHAMMAD: when Marco was in, I thought I wonder whether Judd is

:56:07.:56:09.

thinking to what happened in December when he was 5-1 up against

:56:10.:56:11.

John Higgins thinking "Oh no, I am not going here again." It can happen

:56:12.:56:14.

like that. That was a very important frame for him, just to make that

:56:15.:56:17.

break there, ultimately Marco will kick himself. He looked like he was

:56:18.:56:19.

getting level in that and through him a lifeline. All credit to Judd,

:56:20.:56:22.

he was starting to teeter. Under pressure, he missed a couple, you

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know, but the one, the last shot, the black, knocking out the red, he

:56:27.:56:30.

knew he had to get the red off. This is a great shot. Fantastic. It is

:56:31.:56:34.

about the pace here, he didn't hit it too hard. He has #e6ry confidence

:56:35.:56:38.

to knock it out and any sort of shot. There is is a bit of luck

:56:39.:56:42.

involved in that shot. If you get cushion and you can knock it past.

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The way he played it was right way to play, giving himself every

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chance. When you are leading 4-2 does it make a difference? What it

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makes a difference is when you look at being pegged at 3-3. He has gone,

:56:58.:57:03.

he has gone out, gone to come back, he will get composure back and come

:57:04.:57:07.

back and the 4-the is the difference, when you look like you

:57:08.:57:12.

are being pegged 3-3. It will steady him a bit. During that frame, he was

:57:13.:57:18.

looking a bit edgy because he missed a couple of easy reds and Marco was

:57:19.:57:22.

looking like he was getting on top. Marco's decision making in that

:57:23.:57:25.

particular frame, why didn't he go into the pack off the blue? He tried

:57:26.:57:30.

to get on the loose red, instead of going on the run. Make the frame

:57:31.:57:34.

from that position. You made a good point as we went into that six frame

:57:35.:57:38.

as well, saying Marco hasn't played badly. He is playing well. This

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there is moments of, lapses of concentration, whether it is never,

:57:46.:57:51.

unlucky. The best players are here here. You might miss a shot like

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that and get away with it with someone lower down the rankings but

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you don't here. Let us see what Marco has as Judd Trump closes in on

:58:03.:58:03.

a place in the last eight. DENNIS TAYLOR:. Best of 11, the

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first player to six, still a lot of snooker to be played here this

:58:13.:58:16.

afternoon, and just the odd mistake, and pretty careless one from Marco

:58:17.:58:28.

in that last frame, cost him. Maybe knocked a bit of the

:58:29.:58:31.

confidence out of him. He was right in and he missed one with the rest.

:58:32.:58:36.

Look at this. It is just a straightforward, just roll it in.

:58:37.:58:40.

And that would have got him back to three each. He was right in among

:58:41.:58:45.

them there. And I think that might be the big

:58:46.:58:49.

turning miss in this match. Did very well to get that cue ball

:58:50.:59:09.

the correct side of the blue. Massive advantage the amount of cue

:59:10.:59:20.

power Judd Trump has. A far greater range of shots than

:59:21.:59:29.

his opponent can play. It is not something you can really learn to

:59:30.:59:38.

do, hitting the ball hard, it is your reflexes, still got to get it

:59:39.:59:42.

accurate. It is like a golf shot. You can't teach someone to spin the

:59:43.:59:46.

ball back on the green. It is like, how can you teach someone to screw a

:59:47.:59:52.

ball back, eight foot? Meanwhile, he... He has messed it up. Unless

:59:53.:59:58.

something goes in the pack we can't see. It is pretty poor shot. Can't

:59:59.:00:02.

work out what he was playing. Miles away from where he needed to

:00:03.:00:14.

be, unless he was trying to get the cue ball in the middle of the table

:00:15.:00:23.

to get it past the pink. He's ended up playing a pretty ropey shot.

:00:24.:00:36.

Didn't get any action on the cue ball, perhaps he was coming down to

:00:37.:00:42.

cannon the pink. Really don't know... Decent safety shot from

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Marco, flicks the brown or doesn't, either way, pretty good.

:00:50.:01:02.

This is a horrible one, this could go wrong. OK, so, he won't be too

:01:03.:01:15.

disappointed with that. That was his feeler attempt, effectively getting,

:01:16.:01:21.

see how the ball goes down the table, see if there's any roll off.

:01:22.:01:26.

He decided to play it then, because he can't afford to hit this shot at

:01:27.:01:30.

all sick. So you'd expect him to make the adjustment the second time.

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-- at all thick. Not too far away from where it was.

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Let's have a look where it was. We can show you, it was there. Where is

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it now? Just a fraction. That's perfect.

:01:54.:02:06.

Very well executed, even though it was second attempt. Still had to be

:02:07.:02:23.

highly accurate on that shot. Marco has a similar type of shot to play,

:02:24.:02:30.

similar position to put him back in but he's completely butchered it.

:02:31.:02:34.

Hit that so thick, should have been behind the yellow again. What damage

:02:35.:02:42.

has he done here? You've got to say, even though there's a lot of reds

:02:43.:02:47.

clustered at the top of the table, it's a chance for 5-2.

:02:48.:02:53.

Marco's hope is after messing this shot up, I don't think he even hit

:02:54.:03:09.

the right to red. He's just got to that because there is a big traffic

:03:10.:03:16.

jam up the top, that Judd doesn't get a good result of this shot.

:03:17.:03:22.

Always plenty of traffic jams around Ally Pally, not far off the north

:03:23.:03:27.

circular. He's got a red into the left corner and that pink is begging

:03:28.:03:32.

to be potted. He has an escape route for this. Jam.

:03:33.:03:39.

He didn't take any time at all to work that shot out. Looped it around

:03:40.:04:12.

the black and all of a sudden it's opened up into a genuine

:04:13.:04:13.

frame-winning chance. Wasting no time at all. Amongst the

:04:14.:04:45.

balls he seems to be supremely confident.

:04:46.:05:49.

First minor mistake. It's going to be a bit further away from this red,

:05:50.:06:02.

but you can hardly call it a true mistake. This red is far enough away

:06:03.:06:06.

from the cushion that he won't have any problems potting it. Positional

:06:07.:06:10.

play is a bit more difficult. Just lost the cue ball. It's the

:06:11.:06:31.

type of situation reminiscent of a shot Alex Higgins played on that

:06:32.:06:34.

magnificent clearance against Jimmy White in 1982. Pot the blue to the

:06:35.:06:41.

side cushion and then screw back to the top cushion. But he's got a much

:06:42.:06:50.

easier pink. If it goes in, positionally, anyway. It's in. Great

:06:51.:06:54.

shot. He's lost the cue ball, though.

:06:55.:07:02.

I think that shot wasn't available to him, the Alex Higgins special. It

:07:03.:07:10.

was hampered by all the other red sand colours. That's right, he would

:07:11.:07:13.

have had to lean over them. He only just dropped the pink in and it

:07:14.:07:18.

doesn't look like he's gone far enough, looks very tight. I don't

:07:19.:07:24.

think it goes, Dennis. It really doesn't go, I'm telling you, that

:07:25.:07:30.

doesn't go. I believe you, Steve, I believe you. He's never going to

:07:31.:07:34.

play it. The trouble is, I'm not sure what

:07:35.:07:41.

other shots he plays. Going to play a safety shot to

:07:42.:07:58.

there. Whatever he decides he's a strong favourite, because he is 59

:07:59.:08:04.

in front and only needs a red and any colour.

:08:05.:08:09.

Makes it a bit easier for Marco Fu to put in a good safety.

:08:10.:08:29.

Just got to be a wee bit careful of he's going to land on these reds,

:08:30.:08:48.

because he could leave a pot bond. He might be better playing a two

:08:49.:08:52.

cushion escape. If he could nestle on one of the reds to the left...

:08:53.:08:56.

There you can see, that is the snookering shadow you can see. If he

:08:57.:09:00.

just nestles on one on the left side of the table, he can leave one along

:09:01.:09:05.

the cushion. Just got to be a wee bit careful here.

:09:06.:09:12.

I think I'd rather play it slowly than putting pace in. He's got the

:09:13.:09:21.

black tied up as it is. So this way he could shift the black out.

:09:22.:09:28.

Well, Margo, I think, can pot this. Yes. -- Mark Owen.

:09:29.:09:41.

Although, he might not be able to control the cue ball... To his

:09:42.:09:51.

liking. That Green's a bit of a problem, perhaps.

:09:52.:09:58.

He could have done with missing the pink and coming up and just nudging

:09:59.:10:37.

the black. He would have been OK. He looked as if he was going to get

:10:38.:10:47.

straight down and try to cut this in but he's had second thoughts.

:10:48.:10:51.

Because this is just a massive frame for him. He has to win this, 5-2,

:10:52.:10:57.

very little chance. If he's going to play the safety shot, he should play

:10:58.:11:00.

the one on the left of the table because that clears and opens the

:11:01.:11:07.

black a bit better. OK, so the black is available into the right corner.

:11:08.:11:11.

I think I preferred the other safety shot.

:11:12.:11:29.

That's a terrific return from Judd Trump there.

:11:30.:11:37.

That's where his game really has improved, Steve. His safety game has

:11:38.:11:46.

certainly improved. That's effectively where Marco could have

:11:47.:11:55.

put Judd, I think. This is tough. Marco this has got to be thin. The

:11:56.:12:03.

danger of the thin one. Has he got the blue coming to his rescue? Yes.

:12:04.:12:14.

Judd is seething at the moment, thinking he's got away with that.

:12:15.:12:17.

Judd is saying that's just lucky. That's a fantastic shot.

:12:18.:12:23.

APPLAUSE That's a pretty good one as well.

:12:24.:13:03.

APPLAUSE Excellent judgment of pace there

:13:04.:13:08.

from Marco Fu. On these very fast tables the cue ball lazily gets back

:13:09.:13:12.

behind the balkline. Just kept itself away from that

:13:13.:13:27.

corner pocket enough. To at least give Marco a problem. He'll be

:13:28.:13:32.

possibly tempted for the double here. It is a thin one. Great shot.

:13:33.:13:39.

What a shot that is! What a brave double, although he's

:13:40.:13:52.

only left the red he's missing, because he played the cue ball in a

:13:53.:14:00.

clever way. We've seen Judd steel frames. This would be another one.

:14:01.:14:14.

This is the key shot. He could bring both reds into play. He'd certainly

:14:15.:14:21.

love to develop one of them into a portable decision. But make sure you

:14:22.:14:31.

don't take your eye off the pot. -- pottable position. This is a tough

:14:32.:14:36.

one, the black is available. He has to fully commit and roll this along

:14:37.:14:40.

with the cushion. This is such a key shot. This is for- three or 5-2,

:14:41.:14:44.

arguably. Great shot. All the hard work done,

:14:45.:15:03.

you'd think. But this is the important mopping up another once

:15:04.:15:12.

you're to get. -- you're expected to get.

:15:13.:15:26.

Earlier in the match, frame a two and three, Marco had to sit in his

:15:27.:15:33.

seat and watch Judd clear up and pinch both frames.

:15:34.:15:42.

Judd Trump will be sitting in his chair, thinking that Marco Fu's got

:15:43.:15:47.

away with this. That one red he left over the pocket, and just got a

:15:48.:15:51.

fortunate snooker behind the blue. Couldn't have accounted for that.

:15:52.:15:56.

And that's the difference. He's got to clear that from his mind, because

:15:57.:16:00.

he still playing great snooker. Tough at the top.

:16:01.:16:09.

The standard continue, just gone a little bit too far. Taking it for

:16:10.:16:16.

granted, potting all these colours. The tricky little one is the brown

:16:17.:16:25.

to blow. -- to blue. Leaving himself distance and not enough angle to go

:16:26.:16:29.

around the table. A lifeline for Judd Trump.

:16:30.:16:46.

He did pretty good with that but this is still quite a thin one.

:16:47.:16:58.

What another cracking frame of snooker. These boys are treating us

:16:59.:17:05.

to some fabulous snooker here this afternoon. What a clearance to keep

:17:06.:17:10.

himself right in this year's Masters. Only one behind now, 4-3 to

:17:11.:17:16.

Judd Trump. If you're just tuning in, the question is, where have you

:17:17.:17:20.

been? It's not often you get members of the audience standing up, but a

:17:21.:17:23.

few people are standing up and giving Marco a massive round of

:17:24.:17:29.

applause. I clapped him, what a frame of snooker that was. I agree,

:17:30.:17:34.

a little bit of luck when he chipped the red. It was only shot he had,

:17:35.:17:38.

playing it thinking he might get behind the yellow, then he played a

:17:39.:17:43.

double as well. He played a wonderful shot here. Could have

:17:44.:17:47.

tried to clip it in, just went for the double. Look at the control of

:17:48.:17:51.

the cue ball. The position on the pink was perfect. Great clearance

:17:52.:17:55.

under pressure. As he's clearing up you think, he hasn't got the angle

:17:56.:17:59.

on this, he's digging himself a bigger hole. But the execution, the

:18:00.:18:03.

pink and black, tremendous. Got on the wrong side of the blue but there

:18:04.:18:06.

was an inevitability about that. You just thought he was going to get the

:18:07.:18:15.

clearance. The two players have played supremely well. This could be

:18:16.:18:17.

any scoreline you like. It's worth reminding our viewers... I put you

:18:18.:18:23.

on the spot in the practice room and you both went for 6-5. There's a

:18:24.:18:30.

reason why we implore you! Is there?! Answers on a postcard. Let's

:18:31.:18:34.

go back to Dennis and Steve. I'm certainly enjoying every minute

:18:35.:18:45.

of this match. The breaks have been fantastic. Judd Trump has had 79, 50

:18:46.:18:55.

three. Marco has had 56, 64 and 30, 88 and 50 eight. Brilliant stuff.

:18:56.:19:02.

He's come up a little bit sure and maybe the red is going to come to

:19:03.:19:09.

his rescue. Don't think he will get through to the one you can clearly

:19:10.:19:11.

see there. He can't. Not too sure what Marco is looking

:19:12.:19:47.

at here. Got to be kept with it, play off the side cushion to keep

:19:48.:19:51.

the white ball in the jaws of the top corner pocket. Just checking

:19:52.:19:58.

whether he fancies, whether Judd is going to go for a pot. He's changed

:19:59.:20:04.

his mind. This doesn't go very good, he's overhit it I think, no, he's

:20:05.:20:10.

OK. He thought he'd overhit it. Perhaps that does go, I don't know.

:20:11.:20:22.

A genuine chance, a bit easier than I thought it was at first glance.

:20:23.:20:32.

Judd will be disappointed he missed that. A great effort to get position

:20:33.:20:34.

on the black, as well. Psychology plays such a big part in

:20:35.:20:54.

the game of snooker. Judd would have been thinking in the last game, I'm

:20:55.:21:00.

going 5-2 in front here. It looked odds-on that he was going to do

:21:01.:21:06.

that, then all of a sudden he's back and he's just one in front. It's

:21:07.:21:10.

just keeping yourself sitting in your chair in the correct, positive

:21:11.:21:16.

frame of mind. It's an awful lot of work, mentally, to be able to do

:21:17.:21:18.

that. The one thing this whole match,

:21:19.:22:12.

Dennis, I don't think we've had, I don't want to bring it up really, I

:22:13.:22:18.

don't think we've had one kick. I can't think of one, can you? The

:22:19.:22:23.

table seems in good condition, balls playing wonderfully, I don't think

:22:24.:22:26.

it's been an issue in the tournament, so far. Once the players

:22:27.:22:32.

start trusting the balls to this level, the standard could go through

:22:33.:22:38.

the roof. Well, I think the standard from all the players has been

:22:39.:22:43.

superb. They are the top 16 players in the world. Playing at one table

:22:44.:22:50.

venue, no distractions. That's why we're seeing such a high standard.

:22:51.:22:55.

And that's why we're seeing some terrific crowds so far. We are only

:22:56.:23:03.

on day three and the place has been packed most days. They love their

:23:04.:23:11.

snooker in this part of the world. Of course, we've met people from all

:23:12.:23:15.

over the country who have attended from different parts of the world,

:23:16.:23:16.

also. Got a heavy contact there, but he's

:23:17.:23:27.

OK. I told you not to mention kicks, Steve!

:23:28.:23:40.

Is the first one, I think. Obviously as the table gets more and more

:23:41.:23:43.

finger marks and roughed up, that may have an effect. Don't know if

:23:44.:23:47.

that had anything to do with it. Table brushed and Ireland, or at

:23:48.:24:00.

least brushed, in the interval. -- and ironed.

:24:01.:24:06.

Definitely a chance here, for the highest break of the tournament. He

:24:07.:24:15.

won't necessarily be thinking about that. He has a frame on his brain.

:24:16.:24:35.

Didn't get that ideally right, that has he got the gap? Perfect.

:24:36.:24:40.

Couldn't have asked for better. Here's a prediction, Dennis. Even

:24:41.:25:00.

without red on the side cushion which looks pretty acute on the side

:25:01.:25:04.

pocket, highest break of the tournament coming up. That's a big

:25:05.:25:06.

prediction, Steve. But the way he's playing, you

:25:07.:25:15.

wouldn't put it past him. The main thing is to secure the frame and get

:25:16.:25:20.

himself back all square. From 3-0 down, that is quite an achievement.

:25:21.:25:24.

This high standard continues. Marco just had a quick glance round

:25:25.:25:46.

and he knows if he pops this red, Judd will need a snooker. 132 is the

:25:47.:25:54.

highest break so far this year. Stuart Bingham made that last night

:25:55.:25:57.

when he finished up losing 6-1 to Joe Perry.

:25:58.:26:11.

I don't suppose losing 6-1 he'll be disappointed, he had a new baby

:26:12.:26:20.

daughter on Saturday, so he would have been glad to get back home and

:26:21.:26:25.

see his wife and daughter, who was born on Saturday. Not great on the

:26:26.:26:28.

black. So, lost ideal position. Can he hold

:26:29.:26:38.

for the blue? Too wide for that. A lower scoring colour, dropping a

:26:39.:26:55.

few points. And while he's mopping this up, it's

:26:56.:27:24.

getting to the stage where he may make the highest break of the event,

:27:25.:27:26.

but it may not end up staying that. A nice little prize for the highest

:27:27.:27:34.

break, ?10,000. Well, there's another magnificent

:27:35.:28:05.

century. It is Marco's second in this year 's Masters. 137 now...

:28:06.:28:13.

That's not great. It's going to be difficult now. 12

:28:14.:28:18.

centuries so far on day three. Not quite. What a shame! A fabulous

:28:19.:28:49.

effort, and that century break has got the man from Hong Kong all

:28:50.:28:53.

square. It's four frames each, what a match. 12 centuries so far in the

:28:54.:29:02.

Masters. We could be an course to see the breaking of the record. If

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they keep playing like this, it was an believable match, wonderful

:29:07.:29:13.

exhibition of how to keep close, tight cue ball control. Steve was

:29:14.:29:16.

nearly right, I thought he was going to get the highest break as well.

:29:17.:29:19.

Only nine players in the history of the sport have made over 400

:29:20.:29:23.

centuries and Marco Fu is one of them, as is Judd Trump. If we said

:29:24.:29:28.

to most people, tell me the nine people, Marco Fu's name possibly

:29:29.:29:31.

wouldn't be in there. But we know how good he is. How has he got

:29:32.:29:35.

himself back into this? Composure and confidence is a big thing. We

:29:36.:29:46.

spoke numerous times about that when in December against John Higgins and

:29:47.:29:49.

how well he played from 4-1 down to reel off nine frames in a row. He's

:29:50.:29:52.

kept that going here. He looks in total control. Even when he was 3-0

:29:53.:29:55.

down, he didn't panic, didn't push the boat out, just waited for his

:29:56.:29:59.

chance in every chance he's got, he's taken. It's been fantastic up

:30:00.:30:03.

until now. Now we are going to learn so much about this man's composure.

:30:04.:30:08.

Yes, one thing he doesn't want to do is turn up to this event being one

:30:09.:30:12.

of the top three we've got and let it go in the first round. It could

:30:13.:30:16.

happen. To be honest, it's no disgrace whoever loses this match

:30:17.:30:19.

because the standard has been so high. We have a best-of-3. The crowd

:30:20.:30:23.

loving it, a bit noisy and there, Denis?

:30:24.:30:30.

Just one fella got excited and shouted, it's nice to have the

:30:31.:30:33.

atmosphere and a bit of noise between frames but not on the shot.

:30:34.:30:38.

It was tried a few years ago to play the game of snooker with lots of

:30:39.:30:44.

noise during play. It doesn't work at this game.

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I was very lucky to go to India, where the game of snooker was

:31:04.:31:15.

invented. I was playing on the table where the first frame of snooker was

:31:16.:31:17.

played. A very emotional. And what happened, did he take a

:31:18.:32:33.

slightly? He was only dropping it in and walked away very quickly.

:32:34.:32:45.

He was playing a delicate little cannon. We've seen that a few times.

:32:46.:32:56.

This could really open them up. There are plenty of loose threads

:32:57.:33:01.

but he will probably open even more of them up.

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He's certainly done that, that's for sure. Knowing full well it is not

:33:13.:33:29.

guaranteed position of the ball. Once again, this short as well,

:33:30.:33:36.

opening more reds up, now look at them. Two shots later he's got the

:33:37.:33:41.

frame at his mercy. Absolutely dead straight, as you can

:33:42.:34:59.

see. He knew he was going to make contact

:35:00.:35:06.

with that red. It was then enough. Judd Trump looks to be in fantastic

:35:07.:35:29.

form. Still have no idea about the outcome of this match. How often do

:35:30.:35:40.

you play so well? Still the potential to come unstuck. I think

:35:41.:35:47.

he's got the edge over Marco Fu. He could already have won the match.

:35:48.:36:08.

That's how well he's played, even though he's made elementary

:36:09.:36:16.

mistakes. They've both put on an unbelievable display for us. There's

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been a break of over 50 in every single frame.

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Short of pace but only needs this and the colour. Really doing the

:36:49.:37:02.

damage. Bit of a stretch. He will be delighted with the

:37:03.:37:32.

outcome of that. It was a little bit risky. Could have caught that read a

:37:33.:37:44.

fraction thicker. That is to win the frame. Arguably, this is to win the

:37:45.:38:03.

frame. Absolutely stunning, this snooker we are watching this

:38:04.:38:15.

afternoon. It has been fascinating. Marco Fu has been playing a great

:38:16.:38:21.

rearguard action. Really digging in. Even though it has been fast and

:38:22.:38:27.

furious, it is a clash of styles. Different storylines unfolding.

:38:28.:38:41.

Judd Trump has moved that read and has a chance to make his second

:38:42.:39:03.

century break. You run out of words to describe what we are watching

:39:04.:39:05.

this afternoon. He's not going to bother with the

:39:06.:39:58.

black. What a fabulous response from Judd Trump.

:39:59.:40:17.

This is remarkable stuff. I said we would learn about Judd Trump's

:40:18.:40:23.

composure but also the bravery. He's been in front and look what he's

:40:24.:40:29.

come up with. Fantastic cue ball control. Marco Fu will be

:40:30.:40:38.

disappointed. That is all it takes. You've got to see fair play to Judd

:40:39.:40:47.

Trump. He was up against that. They've been like two boxers, going

:40:48.:40:56.

round and round. It is not over yet. They've got a few frames. Doug Trump

:40:57.:41:01.

has got his nose in front and he needs one more. Every time Marco Fu

:41:02.:41:12.

looks like he might go in front he makes a mistake. This has got one of

:41:13.:41:19.

those 6-5 results written all over it. The speed they are playing at.

:41:20.:41:27.

They've gone through those mainframes, very little time. He's

:41:28.:41:34.

playing at Lake 14 seconds every shot. Even Marco Fu, under 20

:41:35.:41:44.

seconds. Next time you go in your snooker club, plain mainframes of

:41:45.:41:48.

snooker and see how long you have been there. I spoke to a few fans

:41:49.:41:53.

and they said they wanted to come to this match because they knew it

:41:54.:41:58.

would be high quality. It has that sort of recipe about it. He's very

:41:59.:42:07.

consistent. It had the makings of a great match. In a tournament like

:42:08.:42:14.

the Masters, what sort of effect does it have on you when you've only

:42:15.:42:19.

got a few days to recover? I don't think it will have any sort of

:42:20.:42:23.

effect. Whoever comes through this match will be bursting with

:42:24.:42:28.

confidence and cannot wait for this. It will set them up for the rest of

:42:29.:42:38.

the week. In other sports they say, when you're grading yourself through

:42:39.:42:40.

tournaments you become battle hardened. We have seen this before

:42:41.:42:52.

finals, Neil Robinson, with the greatest of respect to Sean, he was

:42:53.:42:55.

out punch to. But not in first round. You have the euphoria of

:42:56.:43:01.

winning, the confidence of it and you will kick on from there. You've

:43:02.:43:07.

been in this position. He looks up at the scoreboard. What goes through

:43:08.:43:15.

his mind? Trying to force your opponent to give you a moment and

:43:16.:43:19.

know that when the opening comes along you are able to take it. They

:43:20.:43:28.

know what they are watching. It has been a treat.

:43:29.:43:43.

I think seven of the name frames have been just one visit. -- nine

:43:44.:43:53.

frames. The crowd has been treated to an absolutely special match here.

:43:54.:44:06.

An important flick on the blue. Has he got a problem with the brown? You

:44:07.:44:18.

expect great snooker but it's not always the case. You get matches

:44:19.:44:29.

that are this quality. Guaranteed in the 80s there was some scrappy

:44:30.:44:35.

stuff. The cloth is lively, the balls are not getting tied up and

:44:36.:44:39.

when you can and into the reds with the very like cloth the game opens

:44:40.:44:43.

up more than it used to. I'm not disagreeing with that. It is a

:44:44.:44:49.

chance to open up and get on the black. I know they are all in

:44:50.:45:01.

clusters but it is a chance for the match. It's an early chance. Watch

:45:02.:45:18.

the pink. They've been winning the frames with one visit. This frame

:45:19.:45:21.

will take them into the next round. Can he produce a match-winning

:45:22.:45:37.

break? Streams of raids. It may cause some problems.

:45:38.:45:55.

What a time to pick out a long part there. Obviously getting closer to

:45:56.:46:17.

the finishing line. The tension rises. He knows he is not far away

:46:18.:46:29.

from a place in the quarterfinals if he can keep this together and

:46:30.:46:33.

controlling the cue ball. It will get more difficult from now on.

:46:34.:46:47.

He just needs one good positional shot to open the side. Perhaps a

:46:48.:46:53.

cannon on one of the five reds. Now what? Can he get through the

:46:54.:47:11.

gap? Yes, he's on it. He went through that gap and he is on this

:47:12.:47:26.

gap. He's already 36 in front. This next shot could pave the way for a

:47:27.:47:44.

match-winning break. He missed that. Luckily for him he did not get the

:47:45.:47:46.

cannon in the way he intended. He's back at the table and he's got

:47:47.:48:13.

a chance to lay a telling safety shot. Does he try and get it tight

:48:14.:48:19.

in behind the yellow or is that risky? Does he just play for the

:48:20.:48:33.

politician? I think the commission is probably a good choice.

:48:34.:48:57.

With the black over the pocket it means everything is going to be safe

:48:58.:49:05.

in that corner so it takes pressure off the safety shot. Is there a

:49:06.:49:14.

chance of potting this off the black? Trying to play in-off the

:49:15.:49:27.

black? He's got the safety in mind. Might even go direct but I don't

:49:28.:49:29.

think he's playing that way. I'm not sure what he played, perhaps

:49:30.:49:39.

he was trying to shift the black? Is the crossed ball-on? It could

:49:40.:50:01.

possibly be on. That is far too risky but the cross double could be

:50:02.:50:08.

on. He is coming round to look at that. I'm not sure that helps but

:50:09.:50:15.

he's trying to telegraph what Judd Trump does.

:50:16.:50:52.

He's possibly getting in behind the brown.

:50:53.:51:06.

A bit short of pace. Perhaps he was hoping he would get the position if

:51:07.:51:15.

he potted it. This is a bit dangerous. Just

:51:16.:51:33.

playing the red below. Not great to play into this corner,

:51:34.:52:18.

it is the red button will part into the right middle. Maybe coming off

:52:19.:52:30.

the top condition, that is an option he's been looking at. He is standing

:52:31.:52:34.

down the line of this. Can have a couple of goes at it. He's got a

:52:35.:52:44.

fair chance of getting this right. With a bit more pace this would be

:52:45.:52:57.

excellent but this is a possibility. Marvellous. He's come to fire. Could

:52:58.:53:19.

not keep that cue ball from trundling down. The white ball is

:53:20.:53:31.

going to do some work. If he does not pop the green it will cannon out

:53:32.:53:35.

to the red so it is a thin one but I think he will take on. He cannot

:53:36.:53:42.

refuse this black. I don't think he can play it's no -- play it slow. He

:53:43.:54:00.

is. Great shot. Very unlucky. That is a difficult shot to play. Could

:54:01.:54:08.

have gone off-line. That has left this shot very missable.

:54:09.:54:23.

One good positional shot and he could be right in amongst them. This

:54:24.:54:35.

looks pretty good, needs to pull up a little bit, he's played it

:54:36.:54:45.

perfectly. Marco Fu has played some fantastic pressure shops and just

:54:46.:54:55.

stroking the ball in. Much easier to power up pressure shot in but he is

:54:56.:55:02.

supremely confident coming off the back of that victory in Scotland.

:55:03.:55:05.

What a match this would be for him to win. Really up against that for

:55:06.:55:12.

most of the day. What a frame this would be for him to win to take it

:55:13.:55:16.

into the decider. You don't know how this will go.

:55:17.:55:53.

I'm not sure he is ideally placed. He could screw it back in. Anyway

:55:54.:56:13.

there and he would have struggled. Great opportunity. Judd Trump, first

:56:14.:56:25.

in this frame. Messed up an ideal position so he cannot complain. It

:56:26.:56:35.

has been punch and counterpunch. I thought Judd Trump was going to go

:56:36.:56:43.

on and clinch the match. He got that all wrong.

:56:44.:56:57.

Any harder and it would have gone up. Look at this going in-off the

:56:58.:57:03.

jaw. Another clear run to the winning

:57:04.:57:52.

post. What angle does he having the black? It looks perfect.

:57:53.:58:09.

I thought that went but perhaps not. He's not ready yet.

:58:10.:58:27.

If it is this tight then it's a big decision to risk playing it because

:58:28.:58:33.

ideally you'd like to play that read by the pink to create.

:58:34.:58:51.

This thread can go in but not from the position he was in. If he does

:58:52.:58:57.

it from up the table he will get it easily. If he plays it shorter, he's

:58:58.:59:09.

got the flick. Got just enough power. You'd expect him to get on

:59:10.:59:18.

the colour. That kick spoiled things. He thought

:59:19.:59:48.

he'd missed that when he got the heavy contact. He put a bit of

:59:49.:00:03.

right-hand spin on it. This is one of the reasons you don't play with

:00:04.:00:10.

the plain bowl. The boys in the studio will have a big smile on

:00:11.:00:14.

their face because they both predicted 5- for either way.

:00:15.:00:19.

One of them is going to be right. One of these players is going to

:00:20.:00:25.

lose this match and which ever one it is is fully justified in going

:00:26.:00:31.

outside and smashing their head against the wall, because it's just

:00:32.:00:36.

been such a fantastic game. An exhibition type shot from Marco Fu.

:00:37.:00:40.

This has been a delight. I've enjoyed every single minute. What a

:00:41.:00:46.

standard they've produced. They both had two century breaks. Judd had a

:00:47.:00:50.

chance to close the match out. It doesn't matter about the pink. The

:00:51.:00:54.

man from Hong Kong is still in it. He takes that frame with a break of

:00:55.:01:01.

80 and we are all square, 5-5. You can't beat a decider.

:01:02.:01:08.

If the BBC World Snooker are listening, I want 50% of this. What

:01:09.:01:14.

a cracking afternoon. We see it from tournaments and think how we can to

:01:15.:01:18.

top this match that much but this has been wonderful stuff. Judd Mr

:01:19.:01:22.

black off the spot. He's in the balls, trying to play a little

:01:23.:01:26.

considered cannon here and just takes his eye of the black. Marco

:01:27.:01:35.

goes on to win the frame. This is a wonderful shot, Marco had to make

:01:36.:01:39.

the Cameron on the pink. Beautifully played nicely on the red. A

:01:40.:01:45.

wonderful from him. I think this does it justice, it's fair it goes

:01:46.:01:50.

to a deciding frame because both players have played absolutely

:01:51.:01:54.

sublime throughout this match. It's been one blow after another, as

:01:55.:01:57.

Steve said in commentary. Great to watch, the crowd have loved it and

:01:58.:02:01.

two players playing at the top of their games. You can look too much

:02:02.:02:04.

into statistics that when you look back at the nine matches Trump has

:02:05.:02:12.

beta Marco Fu in that they've been one-sided, but this has been a point

:02:13.:02:16.

at. Exactly, and it shows you how well Marco Fu has played in the last

:02:17.:02:20.

12 months or so, very consistent. And I say every time, or you want in

:02:21.:02:24.

a final frame decider is a chance, that's all you want. Here we go,

:02:25.:02:29.

final frame decider, back to Denis and Steve.

:02:30.:02:34.

And what a reception both players got, and they had a traditional

:02:35.:02:39.

handshake between the final frame decider. Not the best break off from

:02:40.:02:42.

Judd. Where is the red going? Where is the

:02:43.:02:56.

red going?! Wow, what a fluke that is. Settled down please, thank you.

:02:57.:03:05.

Amazing. That type of shot isn't necessarily Marco Fu's strength. Had

:03:06.:03:19.

to hit that pretty hard. It was fairly straight. What an

:03:20.:03:24.

opportunity. Do you remember the shot like that, Steve, many years

:03:25.:03:29.

ago at the Crucible Theatre? Chris played a similar shot mind on to

:03:30.:03:35.

make the first maximum break at the Crucible Theatre, ever?

:03:36.:03:43.

Well, Judd Trump had first opportunity in the last frame to

:03:44.:03:50.

clinch the match. Now it is Marco's term. I know there's a long way to

:03:51.:03:57.

go. He's only potted a couple of balls, but it's a chance.

:03:58.:04:09.

Cue ball trundled on a little bit more than he would have wanted.

:04:10.:04:25.

Well, they're certainly not going into the centre of the pocket.

:04:26.:04:32.

Looking at his head, his body language, he's definitely not on it.

:04:33.:04:37.

If he'd been a bit more straight, black he could have played it with a

:04:38.:04:43.

bit more force. He chose to play the soft, controlling cannon into the

:04:44.:04:50.

pack, but that cue ball just snuck behind the red.

:04:51.:04:54.

That's the way he likes to do it, but most players would have played

:04:55.:04:58.

it, as he said, with a lot more pace and that wouldn't have happened

:04:59.:05:01.

there. Different styles of break-building.

:05:02.:05:06.

You can't say Marco Fu is a slouch in the break-building department.

:05:07.:05:11.

He reminds me of the great Ray Reardon the way he breaks, Ray used

:05:12.:05:16.

to be like that, six times world champion.

:05:17.:05:23.

Judd comes back to the table a lot earlier than he expected, or would

:05:24.:05:32.

have hoped for. Mind you, I'm just thinking, if

:05:33.:05:45.

Marco had to have gone on to win the match after that fluke... It

:05:46.:05:51.

wouldn't have been very fair, really. But that's the way the game

:05:52.:05:53.

can go at times. Didn't waste any time, picked out a

:05:54.:06:10.

shot to nothing. Deliberately played short of the baulk line, giving

:06:11.:06:22.

himself another opportunity. He's spotted eight out of ten long pots

:06:23.:06:29.

this afternoon, and this red at the back of the bunch, is available. The

:06:30.:06:33.

black is on from the right corner. He missed a similar one by putting

:06:34.:06:38.

more pace into it before. Gone fraction to that left jaw, but

:06:39.:06:45.

always in. Can he get himself on that red next to the black? That

:06:46.:06:48.

would clear the black spot area completely. You see, where the white

:06:49.:06:55.

is at the moment, if he was there he would be on the red. He has an angle

:06:56.:07:00.

to stun in and leave that red on. He's just looking at other options,

:07:01.:07:06.

but he'd like to get that red out of the way, if he could. He's trying to

:07:07.:07:11.

work out a way he can go about this break without playing a cannon into

:07:12.:07:20.

the pack from the black, I think. Sometimes when the reds are all

:07:21.:07:25.

apart from each other, eight cannon into the pack is not as easy to

:07:26.:07:34.

predict. -- a cannon. That's not great, just about got out

:07:35.:07:39.

from that black cushion. So, big shot.

:07:40.:07:46.

I think you can just drop this in and get a cannon and beyond one.

:07:47.:07:47.

Yes. Pretty good. Lost control a little bit, but he's

:07:48.:08:07.

got the option of the red into the middle pocket. This is a great

:08:08.:08:12.

chance, he's certainly gone favourite in the frame.

:08:13.:08:16.

Very nicely done. That's amazing. I'm looking Judd

:08:17.:08:28.

Trump's breaks 102, 87, 67, 59, 112... And there's every chance he's

:08:29.:08:35.

going to lose this unbelievably exciting match. 50 ahead, still

:08:36.:08:42.

plenty of red is available. He's played superbly well. Just that

:08:43.:08:46.

black off the spot in the previous frame.

:08:47.:08:52.

Yes, most times in a match, the loser goes back and analyses where

:08:53.:09:30.

they went wrong. Not too sure that man there has anything to question

:09:31.:09:39.

about his state's play. -- his day's play. What a great match.

:09:40.:09:45.

What a performance, Dennis even that shot he was hampered, it

:09:46.:10:00.

wasn't straightforward. Such a cool customer. Amazing.

:10:01.:10:06.

If his name was Luke, I'd call him cool hand Luke. He's just stolen the

:10:07.:10:18.

match away from Judd Trump, who looked to be... You could argue if

:10:19.:10:24.

he kept that form up, he could have won the tournament.

:10:25.:10:26.

What an incredible performance. APPLAUSE

:10:27.:10:34.

You can teach technique all you like, but you can't teach match

:10:35.:10:42.

temperament like this. And Judd is a very popular player but this crowd

:10:43.:10:46.

here gives Marco a terrific reception when he potted frame ball.

:10:47.:11:05.

Well, it may be a long time before you see a match of this calibre. It

:11:06.:11:14.

happens all the time in The Masters, always something crops up. But this

:11:15.:11:16.

has been exceptional. Could he go out making his third

:11:17.:11:28.

century? He's a very modest young man, is

:11:29.:11:44.

Marco Fu. And his coach will be delighted, Terry Griffiths's son

:11:45.:11:49.

Wayne is here. Wayne living in Hong Kong and works with Marco out there.

:11:50.:11:54.

He will be absolutely delighted to see his player performing like this.

:11:55.:12:00.

It was just a great win for Marco Fu, that keeps his momentum going

:12:01.:12:02.

after doing so well in Scotland. The crowd has absolutely loved this.

:12:03.:12:13.

A pleasure to commentate on it and it's just been a monumental

:12:14.:12:15.

standard. I think both players deserve a

:12:16.:12:26.

standing ovation for this performance, and I'm sure they'll

:12:27.:12:29.

get it. It just doesn't get any better than

:12:30.:12:37.

this. Brown and blue for his third century

:12:38.:12:49.

in the match. And it will be the 14th in this

:12:50.:13:09.

year's Masters. APPLAUSE Absolutely brilliant from Marco Fu!

:13:10.:13:18.

Doesn't matter about the pink. What a match these two players have

:13:19.:13:24.

treated us to hear this afternoon. Both players at the top of their

:13:25.:13:29.

form, one has made two century breaks on the other has made three.

:13:30.:13:33.

They are getting a standing ovation, and don't they deserve it? In the

:13:34.:13:39.

end, the gentleman Marco Fu wins the match in the deciding frame, 6-5.

:13:40.:13:45.

Amazing, what a match. I'm looking out at the crowd, looking at them

:13:46.:13:48.

clambering to get a signature for Marco Fu. I saw people standing on

:13:49.:13:55.

their feet, applauding, with our hands over their heads, just

:13:56.:13:58.

applauding this man's performance today. Just incredible. Both

:13:59.:14:03.

players, because to be honest that's what made the match. I feel sorry

:14:04.:14:06.

for Judd a bit, he never got a single chance in the last frame but

:14:07.:14:10.

boy did Marco Fu take them well. It might have started with a fluke but

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it didn't get him over the line does a great long pot and going on to win

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the match. It was a wonderful spectacle afternoon. Two and half

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days of Masters snooker and 14th century breaks. Incredible,

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incredible standard. And as you said, and a half days into the

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tournament. We've still got another four or five days to go. On for a

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vintage Masters. What's going on? He's 39 years old and playing the

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best snooker of his career. That's as good as he can play. I asked you

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before we came on air, having won the Scottish open in the manner he

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did, if you walk into a competition like this thinking, come on, I can

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beat the rest of you? That's what it does. When you win tournaments like

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that... It gives you great confidence. Well done.

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Congratulations, take a seat. You never led the match until you

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actually won it. An incredible performance. What is that down too?

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I think I did it the hard way, I missed three balls and 3-0 down,

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maybe not the first frame but I could have won the second and third

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frame. At the end of it I felt OK. I just tried to concentrate on the

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good things I'd been doing. Maybe 94% pot success rate. It was not so

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bad. Maybe if I could capitalise on some of the chances amongst the

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balls, score heavily, then I could get back into the match. You made a

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good point halfway through the match. He said, you find yourself

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down and you've been playing really well. Word their lapses in

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concentration, a few nerves early on? Yes, maybe a few nerves, because

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no matter how many tournaments you've won before, this is

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different, coming to the Crucible or coming to the Masters, they give you

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an extra buzz. Sometimes it can work against you, if you're not feeling

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that great. At the beginning I was feeling the nerves, definitely. The

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good thing is, I said earlier, even though you are behind in the match,

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the fact you are playing so well, it's not quite the same thing. If

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you are behind in the match and don't have any form it's different,

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but when you are playing as well as you are currently, you always feel

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you are still in the game? Yes, when I'm in good form I think I handled

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the mistakes, a lot better. If I've missed one shot it's over and I feel

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vulnerable but now I feel a bit stronger. Miss two or three, it

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doesn't matter, just keep going and wait for the next chance. Judd

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played really well today. When you won that match in Scotland against

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John Higgins, you came from behind there, why do thinking about that

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match during this match? Thinking, I did it against John Higgins in his

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own backyard, I can do out there? Differently, when I was 3-0 down I

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was thinking of the match I played against John Higgins in Scotland.

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Not quite similar because John made three centuries. But today I should

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have won two or three. That's the difference. I know in the back and

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-- of my mind I can do it. Sometimes I play better when I'm behind. You

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go through spells in your career. Mark Allan next and that will be

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another cracking match, I should think, what is your record like with

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him? I'm not too sure, pretty even, I think. I'm happy to still be in

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the tournament, I could have gone home. The way Judd was playing, the

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way it went in the beginning, I could have gone home 6-2, 6-3, but

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I'm still in it. We were talking in the mid-session interval, 39 years

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old now. I hope you don't mind that going out onto a vision, it's gone

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out twice. 39 and still playing as well as you are, what's the secret

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of your success? Just looking at the players, the likes of Mark Davis,

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Joe Perry, Stuart Bingham and Ronnie and John Higgins, still playing very

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well, if not the best... John Higgins probably playing the best

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snooker of his career. We can still do it. You certainly can! A number

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of our viewers, they like your watch. They say they haven't seen a

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watch that size since a grandfather in the household. It is a beautiful

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watch. I designed this watch for a Hong Kong watch company. You can see

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the mechanics inside. Sorry, this is the BBC, no advertising! A few of

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the viewers say they like you watch. You brought it up! If you would like

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to send us one, we will make sure it goes to the right person. LAUGHTER

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I've not got one. Well played today, you have thrilled this crowd and as

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in the studio and Dennis and Steve loved as well. Fantastic

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performance, good luck against Mark Allen.

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Tonight is all about Neil Robertson taking on Ali Carter and earlier

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today John sat down with meal for a quick chat. -- with Neil Robertson.

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quick chat. -- with Neil How is the form? If you asked me in

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October or November, not too great. But since then... I've worked very

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hard over Christmas and just before Christmas, lost in the last 16 to

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Marco Fu 4-3 in Scotland and he went on to win the tournament. It was a

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fantastic match and I could have quite easily got to the finals

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there. The form is back, played very well in the championship league, a

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couple of groups heading into the Masters now. Yeah, Phil really good

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about my game. You made a lot of centuries in that as well? I did.

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Defence of 100 centuries this season... But the way I started the

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season, it's probably not achievable. I racked up few. 11 or

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12 last week. The scoring is back and I feel really good, I've never

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practised as hard over Christmas as I did. The season started well, a

:20:04.:20:08.

winner early on and a couple of semifinals, but not like you, you've

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been very inconsistent. Is there any reason it hasn't been happening for

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you? When I went back home to Australia, I was back home for four

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weeks, at a period of time when other players were sort of getting

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back into things. I'm taking that time. When I came back, I was still

:20:26.:20:30.

kind of not ready to get back into competing at the highest level. I

:20:31.:20:34.

went out to China. Had a bit of a nightmare out there. Didn't really

:20:35.:20:39.

want to play the game. I had some bad results and that sort of form

:20:40.:20:42.

continued for another couple of events, wait you couldn't practised

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properly. Got back from China, two or days and you're up to Preston for

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qualifying, back home for a few games days, here and there. Hard to

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get momentum. Nice I had a period of where I practice focus on practising

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on the practice table. Playing as well as ever now. Some players,

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things aren't going quite well and may ease off the gas and take it

:21:05.:21:09.

easy. You're not one of those, you graft harder? Especially over the

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last couple of months. I've been practising so hard. I was in Norway

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over Christmas, I've never done that before. I feel as though my game is

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in really good shape and hopefully it's not going to be too long before

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I pick up another big one. This tournament, this venue has been good

:21:27.:21:30.

for you. Three finals for you in the Masters. What you like about it so

:21:31.:21:34.

much? I think this tournament in general, the top players love

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playing here. This venue is absolutely amazing. Ever since we've

:21:39.:21:41.

moved here I think it's been a real positive for the players. Great

:21:42.:21:46.

crowds every game, one-table set-up, that's what the top players really

:21:47.:21:51.

want to play in. It's a visit ornament with such fantastic

:21:52.:21:54.

history, as well. What is your expectation for this tournament this

:21:55.:21:58.

week? To play as well as I can. I've prepared as well as I possibly can.

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So whatever happens on the table, I can't be disappointed, because I

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have put in the work. Looking for a really good performance, like I have

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done here in previous years. Good chat and Neil Robertson against Ali

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Carter is live on the red button, highlights at 12.15 on BBC Two. If

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you want to plan your afternoon tomorrow, two former Masters

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champion is go head-to-head at one o'clock tomorrow. Mark Selby taking

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on Mark Williams and Mark has been for a drive with Steve Davis.

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How are you doing? Put your seat belt on. Click! Can't see a thing.

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Hold on. I need some headlights. Oh my God! I don't even know how to put

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the headlights on. Come on now, well done. Yes! Well done. That's not

:23:13.:23:21.

headlights, is it? Is it too cold for you? It's all right. Apart from

:23:22.:23:28.

that... Keep your eyes on the road! You wouldn't have a hobby you take

:23:29.:23:33.

on the road, something you could occupy your time with? No, not

:23:34.:23:41.

really. I've been known to go up the road and play bingo in the evenings

:23:42.:23:45.

or the afternoons. Is that true question do you have your own pens?

:23:46.:23:49.

Yes, my own pens in a case with my name on it. They are not just pens,

:23:50.:23:56.

they are called dabbers. What is the biggest prize you've ever won at

:23:57.:24:02.

bingo? Not much, about 380 quid. How much do you think you've spent at

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bingo? Thousands! Break, Steve. Reactions of gone. What's that? I

:24:05.:24:19.

don't know. What's that noise? Parking sensors. Parking sensors?

:24:20.:24:31.

Green. LAUGHTER What was that?! The bus has

:24:32.:24:39.

overtaken me, look! You just got overtaken by a boss and he's pulling

:24:40.:24:46.

away from it. It's the 600 B. It's late. Where are the parking sensors?

:24:47.:24:51.

Surely you should know that before you get in. Now you've put the air

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conditioning on. Read red, red! Get me out of this car.

:24:54.:25:06.

You just run a red light. It wasn't red, it was amber. That's the first

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time I'd seen you... Is just getting bored, just trying to stop the noise

:25:13.:25:16.

stopped I prefer you driving me than Stephen Hendry driving me. If you

:25:17.:25:20.

ever get in a car with him, with gears, you will never, never

:25:21.:25:25.

experienced anything like it in your life. Oh no, there's a police car.

:25:26.:25:27.

There you go. Don't take it out and gear...

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Terrible. You want to get that sorted for the next player. Second

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is here somewhere. Somewhere. You are one of the seniors now, aren't

:25:52.:25:57.

you? That's amazing. I remember playing you when you were an

:25:58.:26:00.

ignorant potter and all of a sudden you turned into a player. I don't

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remember him saying when I won the Welsh Open and dumped him 5-1 along

:26:07.:26:09.

the way that I'll never win another tournament. It turns out he was spot

:26:10.:26:18.

on. Fair play. But he denies ever saying that. But he definitely said

:26:19.:26:22.

it. So what upsets you? Do you get upset

:26:23.:26:31.

about anything? Not that much. You don't get upset on Twitter, you are

:26:32.:26:35.

a wind-up merchant. I don't think I've ever been wound up in my life.

:26:36.:26:41.

Loads of people have tried. They can say absolutely anything to me, to my

:26:42.:26:44.

face, on Twitter, it makes no difference to me, I don't give a

:26:45.:26:48.

monkey. Not much gets me going, snooker certainly don't. If I'm

:26:49.:26:56.

watching snooker in the house, and this is yourself included in this.

:26:57.:27:00.

Oh dear, don't tell me. Commentators, and the stuff you say,

:27:01.:27:05.

not just you but near enough everyone, I just feel like pulling

:27:06.:27:09.

my hair out. Sometimes I have to switch it off or turn it down.

:27:10.:27:14.

Including Stephen Hendry? Including Stephen Hendry. You could do a

:27:15.:27:20.

better job? Absolutely not! LAUGHTER I'm just happy to be alive. You

:27:21.:27:27.

could have murdered about four people. LAUGHTER

:27:28.:27:32.

Jesus. It's not easy doing everything. Knocked two cyclists

:27:33.:27:40.

off, two old people walking across the road... That's why I haven't got

:27:41.:27:41.

a licence! I think the less said about Steve

:27:42.:27:52.

Davis' driving... Terrible driver. And Mark Williams' language.

:27:53.:27:57.

Delighted to get out safe and sound if Steve is driving. Mark Selby for

:27:58.:28:01.

Mark Williams tomorrow. Looking at the roll of honour, five Masters

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titles between them. Two class acts, one who is in his pomp. Mark

:28:07.:28:11.

Williams around the 2000 era, former world number one against the current

:28:12.:28:15.

number one who is incredibly difficult to beat. Mark Williams,

:28:16.:28:21.

1998 his first Masters title. Against Stephen Hendry on that black

:28:22.:28:25.

ball finish. A tough match for him and a tough match for Mark Selby.

:28:26.:28:29.

Mark Williams, you never know what will happen but he's fantastic. Hard

:28:30.:28:34.

to beat what we've seen today? You never know. This tournament has a

:28:35.:28:38.

habit of throwing up great matches. Fantastic. Thank you for your

:28:39.:28:42.

company today. Every ball of the Masters live on the BBC from seven

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o'clock. Highlights with Hazel from midnight. From all of us, goodbye.

:28:47.:28:49.

Two-time semi-finalist Judd Trump takes on former runner-up Marco Fu. The match is the best-of-11 frames with the winner booking a place in the quarter-finals.

Jason Mohammad introduces live coverage from Alexandra Palace.


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