Quarter-Final: Mark Allen v Marco Fu - Part 1 Masters Snooker


Quarter-Final: Mark Allen v Marco Fu - Part 1

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Hello, good evening and welcome back to the Dafabet Masters 2017. The

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crowds are slowly coming into Alexandra Palace for tonight's match

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as Mark Allen takes on Marco Fu, runner-up in 2011, who is playing

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some magnificent snooker at the moment. The prize at stake is a

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semifinal clash against Ronnie O'Sullivan after another cracking

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afternoon here at Ally Pally. Quickly out-of-the-box, the long red

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suggested the Aussie was in fine form. Ronnie matched Robertson's

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position with a fabulous pot 2-level proceedings. In frame four Robertson

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with this effort, surely a contender for shot of the tournament, all

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square at the interval. The middle frames were uncharacteristically

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erroneous. First Ronnie opened the door for Robertson to take the lead.

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Before the world number seven returned the gift in the very next

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frame. 3-3 and little to separate them. Lady luck suddenly favouring

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the Londoner in his home tournament. Amazingly, not just once, but twice

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in two frames the Rocket now two up with three to play.

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Another wayward attempt by Robertson opened the door for O'Sullivan to

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seal the match and take his place in the last four for the fourth

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consecutive year, closing out a 6-3 victory.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan, two wins away from his seventh title, he will play

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the winner of tonight's clash between world number eight Marco Fu

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and Mark Allen, who lost to Marco Fu in the semifinal in 2011 and is

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looking for revenge tonight. Good evening to John Parrott. Good

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to see you, you were in the commentary box this afternoon for

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that match, it resembled a heavyweights slugging contest, and

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never really got going but it was compelling to watch. Fascinating

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nonetheless, both players have played better but if you said we

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would plate nine frames of snooker and not have a century break,

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Ronnie's highest break was 68, I would have been surprised.

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Fascinating, lots of Luke Somers and great safety and poor safety, but

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fascinating to watch. The 2013 Welsh Open which Allen won

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but finished 6-4. Interestingly, Marco Fu went on to lose in 2011.

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Ding Junhui was in the final. You have to say Marco Fu must start this

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match as favourite, given just how poor setting that win over Judd

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Trump was earlier in the week. He does, the bookmakers make him

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favourite but I think from the four quarterfinal matches I think this is

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the hardest one to pick a winner. Mark Allen is in great form. Anyone

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who beats John Higgins here is playing well and Marco Fu at the age

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of 39th, for him to play the best snooker of his career is a fantastic

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achievement and this could be 6-5. You have watched him closely, what

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is it about Marco Fu? Ronnie mentioned he has changed his

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technique. Has had an impact? I think it is confidence, he has

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always been a good player. Generally the top players have that bit of

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extra belief in themselves and he has got that. Fascinating game

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between Stephen Hendry and Mark Allen and Stephen said to him, when

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are you going to start winning majors and what will be the

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difference? -- interview. He said, I need to lose weight and it was

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refreshing honesty. Do you think somebody like that can have a

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massive impact? I think so, is particularly with the standards

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being so high. In Sheffield, 17 days, long schedules, long matches,

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it takes a lot out of you and you need a good level of fitness and it

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would help. The players are standing by. Let's is a good evening to RMC

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Rob Walker. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,

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welcome to the climax of Day five of the Dafabet Masters, a meeting

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between two players who are both brilliant in their respective

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first-round victories and here they are going toe to toe for the right

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to take on O'Sullivan in the semis on Saturday. Here we go again at

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Alexandra Palace. Please welcome our first overall, a

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player bidding for his third Masters semifinal, here after that 6-5 final

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frame first round thriller over John Higgins, the winner of three ranking

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event titles, including last year's grand final, one of the best

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break-builders in the modern game, from Northern Ireland, he's Mark The

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Pistol Allen. And his opponent, a player in the

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best form we've seen from him in years. He won his third ranking

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event last month beating John Higgins in the Scottish open final

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from 4-1 down, his form in the first round win over Judd Trump was

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sublime on Tuesday. Can he produce it once again? Let's find out, as he

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comes from Hong Kong, Marco Fu! Good walk on music for Marco Fu but

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who will be the superhero tonight? Good evening to our own super

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heroes, John Virgo and Steve Davis. COMMENTATOR: Good evening, thank

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you. Interesting matchup, this. The world number eight, which is Marco

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Fu, against the world No 10 Mark Allen. Not much between them in the

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world rankings. The only thing I would say, Steve, is Marco is on a

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confident role at the moment -- confident roll. You can't beat a bit

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of confidence. Very impressive performances by both

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of these players in their first rounds. They will both come into

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this match with optimism. Lovely opening red from Marco.

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That's the type of balls he was knocking in relentlessly against

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Judd Trump at the latter stage of their match. He played really well

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there. And as Steve said there is nothing like confidence for his

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success. Hebe John Higgins in his own backyard. That's how well he has

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started to play. One of the best break-builders in the game. Has he's

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potted plant? I was going to say for a second he has underhit that but

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I'm not certain he played for this planet. It's possible, it's

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certainly makeable. He didn't get the pace of the cue

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ball right there. Sometimes when you are playing a plant your mind is

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distracted from getting the weight of the shot correct.

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We have been discussing it, John. Obviously Marco winning in Scotland

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recently. But with that, it seems there is a special air of confidence

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he has gained from somewhere. He is walking around the table, his chest

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poking around a bit more, he has more authority on the table, more

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presence. This is a fluke. Marco, you could

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see in the background, was getting out of his seat. He hadn't noticed

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the red going towards the pocket. He will be getting out of his seat now

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that he will find himself snookered behind the green.

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There was no way he had seen the planet. The came off two rates

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behind the pink and came off another one. It was a fluke. Twice across to

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get to the red near the top cushion. Will it slide? No, he hasn't judged

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it well. Would you have this replaced and take the red on? You

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would have to think Marco would get closer to the red, although it

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didn't look like he was guaranteed to be on. This is the shot he has

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got to play really. He played to cover up if he missed. He has left a

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sniff of this red. I don't know if Marco can play cushion first or go

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direct. Direct. It's the type of shot where you can't really turned

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that down. As a result of Marco playing a poor escape has led him

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hitting back into the balls. There is no rhyme or reason sometimes, is

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there? The way Marco scores when he gets in

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and around the black spot area, this is an excellent chance.

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We may see him play a little cannon on the five reds just below the

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pink. He is bound to be on the road to the opposite corner. -- on the

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red. That's the only red that's easy to

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get on. He wouldn't want to be too wide on it, he would want to be as

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straight as possible. There's a few little banana skins here, depending

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on what shot he chooses. The stun across for the loose red is the best

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option. He played through the gap and that is an excellent shot as

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well. The only danger with that was if he missed that cannon he would

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have been in no man's land arguably the correct shot. It has opened

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things up a bit more. Those three reds above the black, I

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would have thought the right-hand one goes to the corner, maybe it

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doesn't. But I think the right-hand one goes to the middle. Just

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covering one another at the minute. He has such an angle he may have to

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play another cannon. This time he's just caught it a fraction too thin.

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Has he got the plant? He just wanted to catch that red a little bit

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fuller. He would have been better off playing a three quarters for

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cannon harder. These reverse plants are not easy.

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Yeah. It's hard to judge sometimes. Well, that's two decent chances had

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now. And he's not made the most of them. So, here is a chance for Mark

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Allen, he comes to the table 32 points behind. He's plenty on.

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Didn't hit the centre of the cue ball there.

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He'll be very disappointed with that. A little bit of tension in the

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arm. Not an ideal position after this.

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You would expect him to get this yellow, but still these reds are not

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perfectly placed at the top. That's a little awkward. I don't

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know if he can cue past the brown for the yellow. It is the yellow he

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would have liked to have been on. He seems to be getting down quick.

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Maybe he can get to the centre of the cue ball. He's aware that brown

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- he's got to keep that cue straight.

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And all things considered, he's played this absolutely perfect. Good

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shot! Not perfect on this pink, but it

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might end up being OK for him if he can split these two reds apart. Lost

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the cue ball a bit. A thinner contact on the red than he thought

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he was going to get. So, this, all to intents and purpose, a match

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frame ball. It is missable. But I expect him to get it. Whichever one

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of the two he plays. 45 points, the lead. Still 67

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remaining. So he's going to need two reds, two colours to clinch the

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frame, this visit. And that was the problem he saw. He

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couldn't do much, being tight on the cushion. Knew he would run into the

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blue. But it is not bad. So, there you see it, 59 remaining.

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52 in front. With just 51 remaining. Three chances.

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Mark Allen obviously hasn't settled yet.

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He needed three chances. He'll be very pleased with how he's finished

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that frame. Mark Allen, well, never settled. So Marco Fu, comfortably

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takes the first frame, 1-0. Very neat and tidy from Marco Fu. On

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Tuesday Marco gave himself a mountain to climb. Tonight keen to

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get out of the blocks quickly? He came through it. But from Mark

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Allen's point of view, there was a shot there which was worrying. I

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know it was the first frame of a match, but id don't get anywhere

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close to this. At the start of a major quarter final you are trying

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to stamp your authority on it, to show your opponent you are there to

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play, that is not a great start from him. I saw in a couple of times in

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the match this afternoon, as soon as Marco missed that red, Mark was

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straight out of his seat. I wonder if matches like this, at a

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tournament like this, whether you can be too keen? I think and we've

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got one of the best men ever in the commentary box, Steve Davis used to

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win nearly every time. When you first chance comes it is important

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to take it. Marco was nervous there. Took three chances to win the frame.

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You have to stamp your authority in a match like this. Mark Allen will

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be kicking himself he didn't do it with that red. At the end of that

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frame as well, Marco looked so confident. You said he looked

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nervous. Looks confident at the end. It was good he cleared all the balls

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up as well to make sure he didn't get any more practise. We know the

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form Marco Fu is in. Mark Allen has to be less sloppy with the next

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frame. We finish here at 7. 30pm. But every ball is live on the BBC.

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All you have to do is hit your red butted on the or go via the BBC

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Sport app. The Premier League show starts at 7. 30pm. Back to the boys.

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The contact that was required, but if it doesn't bounce, does the green

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cover the path of this on the left-hand side of the table? If not

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there is a pot on here and there is a pot on.

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And stroked it in. As easy as you like! Lovely shot!

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A good chance to get into the reds. Perhaps not with screw, but with top

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spin this time. Played that very well.

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Certainly didn't have bundles of top spin, but he controlled the cue ball

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to stay in the middle of the table. Wonderfully well, didn't lose it.

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Unlucky, to some degree, how it has turned out.

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If Marco Fu makes the most of this opportunity I would say he's in a

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very strong mental position for the rest of this match.

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Giving your opponent a two-frame start, when he's feeling confident,

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Mark Allen's perspective is not the best start in the world.

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Nothing wrong with a safety shot from Mark Allen. Just left enough

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poking out. Nothing wrong with it. He got the

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contact. But of course to make the pot more difficult he needed to be

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tight to the baulk cushion. The green would have covered the angle.

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But not to be. He's got to sit down and watch this take shape. Four

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reds, four blacks. And he has made a maximum on four

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occasions, has Marco. He's one of the heaviest scorers in the game.

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He's fourth on the all-time list of century-makers.

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I think the chances of a maximum now may have just gone with that shot. I

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don't see how he can play for the black off this red. It was difficult

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to get top side of the red there. I think the pink goes. If it

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doesn't, that's a pretty poor effort.

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He's given it one look already. Walked away in disgust. Now he's

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going to play it, I think. Very nicely played. He's got the red

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in the left corner. Keeping the cue ball in more open

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play, I think, is the right thing to do.

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A good chance now. A good idea for you to press red

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button if you want to carry on. Mark Selby has the highest break of the

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match so far. 139. Marco Fu could beat that in the next couple of

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minutes. A 10,000 prize as well on offer for the highest break.

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Press red right now. Goodbye for now.

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If it ever came to pass that Mr Corbyn were the Prime Minister,

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Well, I think we're a basket case now. Have you seen Southern Rail?

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Have you seen the National Health Service?

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Jason Mohammad introduces live coverage from the second quarter-final at this year's Masters. Matches are the best of 11 frames.


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