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2018 Dafabet Masters, Judd Trump
leads Kyren Wilson by five frames to
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Everything safe, Judd just having a
look to see if he would push a red
over the right conner. You have to
be aware of that.
He has pushed one towards the, for
the white to go into the middle at
that angle was amazing. He did push
a red towards the right corner, so
an early chance for Kyren.
sure he played that red. He played
the one before it.
It is all going Kyren Wilson's way
at the moment, it seems.
Aggressive shot from Kyren Wilson,
unlucky he didn't get an easier
leave than this. He would have hoped
to have been on the blue, possibly
the black if we had the right split
from the reds.
But his is in
attacking mode at the moment. I am
sure he will take this green on to
get back up to the reds. There is
one there, near the blue, another
red that is available.
Has worked perfectly. He can nudge
the red away from the blue. That is
the best he has looked in the match.
The last couple of frames.
Think he will probably play for the
red below the blue, then try and get
a better angle on blue.
He has an inviting pack of reds to
go into. He doesn't have to go into
the pink. He can go into the side,
the right-hand side, if he gets the
right angle. He is not nicely placed
on the red though.
Would have liked to have got back on
He can obviously go in from the
yellow. But it is not as nice as
going in from the blue, from how it
panned out. So overscrewed that blue
somewhat. Big shot now coming up.
Kyren Wilson has prepared himself
well. Here we go.
He doesn't want to
hit the pink. This is the line he
Oh he is on it. What a
massive fluke that is.
If he can develop these balls from
that position, that is just an
enormous slice of luck.
OK, the pot is not guaranteed, is
it, Dennis and the position is not.
But you never know, plays it with
screw back. Back. Big shot.
You could see him lining up the cue
there. OK. He has missed a few with
the lest, but he is potting some
terrific ones with the rest in the
last couple of frame, and this,
well, ten out of ten for that.
Would have looked to have been
slightly closer to this side
cushion. How this match has turned
There was nothing to suggestion that
Kyren Wilson was going to get back
in this match, the way he was
For all of that considered snooker
that Judd Trump had played up until
that one rash shot, it's that one
shot that everybody's talking about.
Even more so should Kyren Wilson
somehow win this match.
Where is this going to finish? That
will do nicely, the cannon on the
pink. That will do very nicely.
Maybe got a bit a kick there, but
he's OK, he is the correct side of
the blue. One shot can turn a match
on its head, and he showed you a few
times, the one that Judd had a go
at, certainly has changed things,
because he hasn't had a chance since
Oh, what has he done here? What has
he done here? Is he OK? I think he
is. So all of a sudden, he is
getting little nudges and a run of
the ball, and quite deserves it, the
way he has played in the last couple
Yes, just a bit of a distraction
that red there.
Well, who knows what is going to
happen in the rest of this match but
when you look back at career, there
is sometimes massive moments in how
matches shape out, and should Kyren
Wilson get out of this match and go
on to succeed in the final, looking
back at his career in years to come,
sliding doors moment, perhaps.
Already 49 ahead.
Definitely worrying times for Judd.
And great, Dennis, to win this in
one visit, to really keep the heat
on Judd Trump.
They are showing a
great deal of character, Kyren, he
He is finishing very
What a last frame this could be,
assuming he gets over the line. What
a last frame.
He is looking for one
more red after the black.
has got red into the yellow pocket.
As a last resort.
So one good long pot, and we are
going to be all square, what a come
back this is!
That was Kyren's parents you got a
glimpse of there, Sonia and Rob.
There they are. How proud will they
be, seeing this come back.
The crowd are absolutely loving this
It is going to be a last frame
decider, and it is sort of a toss of
a coin, but at the moment, the
momentum is all with Kyren Wilson,
this has been a brilliant come back,
it has to be said.
I don't think
anybody has doubted his pedigree, he
hasn't had a great game in the early
part of this match, was sadly out
with his positional play, but he's
stuck at his job and all of a sudden
his temperament has held up here.
He was given a lifeline by Judd
Trump. And all of a sudden, you
think Judd would like to play that
shot again, three frames have seem
to have evaporated, now he is so
much under pressure, trying to get
rid of the thoughts that that shot
has ruined his chance of getting to
the final, and he has one more frame
You have to say the favourite now is
24 centuries so far this year. Make
that 25. His 30th century this
They are loving this, and an
exciting finish we are going to have
to this first semifinal.
both players will go out now, but
who is your money on for the final
That magnificent break of 107
has completed the come back and
Kyren Wilson is all square with Judd
Trump, it is 5-5. Amazing stuff, we
have had phenomenal snooker this
week and this is unbelievable,
because half an hour ago, John, we
thought that Judd Trump was on his
way to the final. Unbelievable.
is it, we keep going back to it, you
take liberties with this game, you
play a shot you shouldn't and this
is what can happen to you. It is
credit to Kyren. He didn't have his
A-game all a day but that shot has
changed the match. It gave him a
boost. He has found his form, he is
getting a good run of the balls, and
that is what happens when it start,
the momentum starts to go your way,
he is definitely favourite for the
The crowd are giving him
a lift as well.
Yes, everybody loves
a come back and he has done it in
style. He has never looked in doubt.
He found a cue ball from somewhere,
the first half of this match, he
couldn't string two or three good
positional shots together. John said
he was luck yes two or three times
where he found perfect position in
fact, but, going into the final
frame, if he gets first chance, you
fancy he will do it. He will just
He has the momentum. The
other thing, looking at the stats
here, 31 minutes and four seconds
Judd Trump last pot. That
counts a lot. We are back to the
same thing. A final frame decider,
you are looking for a chance and you
have got a chance to win the match,
whereas before you were playing to
get back in it so so it is a clean
slate, exactly right, so this is
what makes the final frame very
So what is this, is
this mental attitude? Is this what
gets you threw?
Technique goes out
of the window in a final frame. It
is about who has got it. Who has got
it, to get through that. Who has got
it to take their opportunity, on
body language you would have you to
say Kyren is is a big favourite but
Judd has been here before, it is a
clean slate now, it is almost like
the first frame again. It is like a
new match all of a sudden, so Kyren,
he has got himself back in the
match. Now the pressure will go back
on him, now he can win the match.
This is no ordinary final frame
decider, what is at stake is a place
in the final. Neither has made the
final of a Masters before. Judd has
experience in big event, we have to
bear in mind this is Kyren Wilson's
second appearance, that is how well
he has done, if he makes the final,
what a story.
From 5-2 behind it
would be brilliant. As I say, when
you come to these things here, you
look at, you have momentum, you
could say Kyren has the momentum.
All you are looking for in a final
frame decide e you are just looking
for a chance, just let me have my
Let us enjoy
this sound, because great noise
inside Ally Pally.
Try to settle down.
Here we go. That
is what it is all about. That trophy
there, one of these players is going
to be playing in the final, to try
and lift it.
and lift it.
Might be the most
exciting frame of the season so far.
A little birdie has total me that
Kyren Wilson has won 53% of final
frame deciders. To Judd's 49%, so
there is not a lot between them,
Kyren just got the edge, but as John
Parrott says, you just at some stage
want one chance in the deciding
That is a good shot.
The crowd have been fantastic, they
really have. The reception the
players got, it was like finals day.
Mostly they have appreciated the
come back from Kyren Wilson. There
will be plenty of Judd Trump fans
in, hoping their man gets across the
Is he taking this on? No. Just the
safety. Too risky that one.
Will it bit a nervy tactical frame?
You don't get many of them these
days, high stakes here, a lot to
Good enough pace on the cue ball
To stop Kyren Wilson screwing back
in to baulk.
Kyren maybe forced
Kyren maybe forced to play to the
top cushion here.
Believe it or not
it is 33, coming up to 34 minutes
since Judd's last pot. He has only
scores five points in the last three
Very risky red into the middle
Couple of escape routes for Kyren.
He can see the reds past the green
and he can see the one near the left
side cushion, so it is the thin
snick off these right sides of the
You could see the eyes there,
glancing from the cue ball to the
object ball. Just before delivering
the cue, you are looking at the
Good safety. A bit of a
risk may be with this shot. Maybe
played it well.
If he didn't get the kiss there it
would have been absolutely perfect.
He will be able to flick the brown,
this escape route wouldn't have been
available to Kyren.
He is wary of
pushing a ball to the corner here,
so much so, he is going for this red
on the left-hand side side cushion,
don't want to get a double-kiss, I
don't think he will do.
don't think he will do. Close to
double-kiss territory but...
a brilliant shot.
Judd should be able to play this red
and screw back back in to baulk. He
would be unlucky if the red somehow
fiddled its way back up the table
Underrated safety player I think
Judd Trump, he needs all of his
tactical about here. There is path
through. Look another what, what a
shot that would be to take on at
this stage, you are not guaranteed
to get on the black.
He doesn't like
It is the only type of containing
shot he can play, other than being
forced to play this pot. This is so
Well, he will weigh up the
situation, if he can't see an easy
safety shot he will have a go at
this. Boy, this is some shot he is
taking on here, or is he playing the
safety shot? Yes, just a safety
shot. And quite rightly so.
What you are seeing unfolding in
this frame, is the difference
between coming back in to the match,
and all of a sudden when you're
parity with your opponent, a
different mind-set, both players
trying to make sure they don't gift
their opponent an easy starter, what
has Judd spotted?
Steve, considering Judd hasn't
potted a ball for...
What a shot.
For 38 minutes, what an opener this
is. And an early chance.
cue ball out between the reds so
well. First chance, Judd Trump. What
can he make of it?
Black is asking to be potted at some
stage. The red by the black spot
might be a problem.
But there is a couple of bunches of
reds that need to be resolved.
Is he going to steady the ship?
has got himself on to the black,
pink is out of commission at the
moment, but... It was a great
opening red. A bit unlucky for Kyren
to leave that red in the way he
played the safety shot, but Judd did
pot a very good opener.
Could have left that slightly better
for himself. He is still OK, but
just another inch off the cushion
would have been better
critical if this black go, Judd is
looking at it. It's not moving, does
it go in?
He has an angle to go up for the
blue. If it doesn't.
blue. If it doesn't. Can Good pace
on the cue ball again, Dennis, with
attention -- with the tension that
is in this match he has controlled
the white ball so far excellently.
It is still not a good chance yet.
We can see that the black was very
tight. It is difficult to get on the
red. If he could get on the red
there in a couple of shot's time
that might help. He has a lot do
from this position.
Red below the
pink goes, he has underhit that,
that is first mistake, underhit it
by quite a way.
Looks like he has got the thin cut
into the middle pocket, but it is a
lot thinner than it looks on the TV
I suppose he is obligated to go for
It is amazing, hadn't it had have
been a deciding frame I am sure he
would have canned in, he was trying
to make certain.
Not a plant on. Is
there a plant on? He is going to
make it. Oh dear. The thing about
this is he has to be so certain he
can get this. He can't risk playing
this, he has to be 100 certain --
There is a gap between the ball, we
know he has history of playing
glance, he has done them very well,
but such a critical time.
Thin rid. Is not easy.
I think he is looking at the safety
shot, is he?
Double. Good knows.
He can't make his mind up.
It was a
poor positional shot. He would have
been better overhitting that blue.
If it goes in it could be a match
I think the correct shot, absolutely
the correct shot that.
Not enough points to cause much
concern to his opponent. So first
chance to Judd Trump. Not converted.
That was a pretty good shot from
Judd there, it has left things
awkward here, going to catch this
one thin, to avoid the in-off to the
pocket. Not too thin that he catches
the other red there on the
right-hand side cushion.
right-hand side cushion. If there is
no shot available to him, just
looking at the situation, he is
going to go for the thin one.
going to go for the thin one.
in the face. Right to the top
cushion is one way of containing the
situation, this is slightly riskier
if he mishits it but he has to
mis-hit it by quite some distance.
Bit of pressure on that.
Judd Trump looks to have weathered a
bit of a storm. He looks more
focused out there at the moment than
he did watching those frames passed
by. -- pass by.
Well, that has
certainly opened things up and look
at this cue ball. A fraction a way
of getting in behind the yellow but
that has opened things up somewhat.
He certainly wasn't scared of trying
to get the black into play. Positive
Is there a path for Wilson to try
and pop this red and get back down
around the baulk area? I think there
Well, it was a good effort. He has
potted three or four like that in
the match but this is the deciding
frame, there was an awful lot of
pressure on that.
He missed it by
far enough that he didn't get the
correct angle with the cue ball but
he has left Judd very awkwardly
placed. Unless there is a plant on?
I don't think so.
This is quite horrible, isn't it? As
he got to get the extended rest out?
-- has he? It is a horrible shot to
play, that is. He could play the red
down the rail and screw back into
baulk but I don't see any other type
of shot. The red on the top cushion
to play safe off of to get back into
baulk but he wants to be more
aggressive than that. Is he talking
himself into a pot?
Nightmare. Nightmare shot.
What on earth happened there? Surely
there was a safer option?
Everything's been thrown away.
Everything's been thrown away. How
does he feel now?
Well, he has got to sit there and
see what Kyren can make of this
chance. It is not a good chance and
Judd has a 23 point advantage but he
thought long and hard and then took
on another risky plant. There was a
straightforward safety shot, it has
to be said.
And he has gone to get the black
back up on the spot straightaway.
Needs a bit of an angle. He has got
the red near the middle pocket, so
very positive thinking from Kyren.
So this is his chance. Judd has had
Straight enough that it's a bit of a
Well, this is a thin one, you can
tell. Shaking their head. He just
finished a little awkward on that
black there, because the white
anywhere over the right side of the
table, that was an easy pot.
he might not be able to avoid, in
potting this red, assuming he can
cut it back, he may not be able to
avoid a collision with the other red
on the left-hand side of the
cushion. Such a thin cut, it is
tough to screw the ball.
Is interesting bit to luck or can
control it? Where is this red going?
It goes in... Now. He has made it a
big pocket, unmissable pink in the
middle pocket, I would suggest. I
think it is unmissable. He trusted
to luck and he has got a massive
amount, I think.
As long as he
catches the red thin, if the pink
doesn't go in direct.
As long as the
red is also not touching the
cushion, he won't get an immediate
What a semifinal we've been treated
to hear. -- here. What else is left
in this fantastic match?
owned a hit that, just about got
away with it. Thought he underhit it
a little bit more than that.
People ask you what it is like out
there under these conditions. It is
worse are the parents, isn't it?
They are more nervous than you are.
When you are out there, at this
stage of the match, you are playing
on pure instinct.
So far, every ball has gone in the
middle of the pocket.
He knows this is a golden
opportunity. He knows he has been
gifted it. Is he going to fulfil his
An awful long way to go yet, with a
few reds safe.
That has certainly put all four reds
on now. There were three fairly
That was an
excellently controlled shot. Could
easily be forgiven for hitting it
harder. It is advantage Kyren Wilson
He is going to need one of the
difficult three Reds on the table.
At the very least. And perhaps only
It's a great effort here. Still
The number he is
looking at there, on the right of
your screen, 67 points. If he can
get there, Judd will need a snooker.
On the red that he was just leaning
over, the one nearest the right
corner pocket, even that is not too
He needs high colours to only need
the one red. As you say, it is not a
bad red to get on.
Bit lucky. But the red has gone down
It's OK because he got an
angle on the pink to drop on the red
that he knocked up near the brown.
It is admissible into the middle
pocket, it is more of an angle than
it looks on the TV screen but I
think you would expect him to just
drop it in. Hasn't got to do much
with the cue ball.
It is there.
30 points the difference now, slowly
creeping towards a place in the
final. There are still a bit of work
to be done yet.
He needs 14 points
from two Reds.
Two pinks, one black, one blue.
Other than that, he is going to need
two of these difficult Reds on the
Can he had worked that out...
That red I mentioned, he can drop on
that one here.
Well, for all of the
inaccuracies of positional play that
Kyren Wilson showed that the start
of this match, he is on the brink of
an absolutely fantastic victory,
maybe the most important of his
life. He has shown great character,
he has improved as this match has
gone on. One more good positional
He has played for the loose red.
is going to need a little bit of
help here. He is going to need the
extension on his cue and the
extended rest. So, hasn't got
anything to do with the cue ball,
that will automatically finish on
the black. I mentioned earlier, he
did a defeat Judd in the 2015
Shanghai Masters, 10-9, deciding
He doesn't want to try to get
too clever with this. Just drop it
in. He is going to be on the black.
Doesn't necessarily need to get too
close to the black.
Absolutely amazing and what a
fantastic round of applause for just
potting that red there. He is still
looking at the scoreboard. Just this
black to leave Judd needing
As sort of sigh of relief there.
Just one snooker too tight at the
moment, so the double would make
absolutely certain of a place in the
Treble will do! Look at that, look
what it means to Kyren Wilson and
what a comeback. Judd Trump was 5-2
up and looked to be there. This is
some performance from the man from
What does this do to the
respective careers of both players?
What a turnaround.
It is hard to describe how he is
feeling outside, he is putting his
cheek said. It is hard to describe
how he feels but this has been the
best performance of his career, even
though he won a ranking event. It
doesn't matter about that. A
fantastic semifinal, Judd Trump
looked as though he was going to win
the match quite comfortably but the
man from Kettering won four frames
in a row and didn't he do it in
style? He gets himself through to
the final of the Dafabet Masters.
STUDIO: And look back, even time to
sign a few autographs. He has just
been through that, seemingly dead
and buried at 5-2, he rolls back to
win it and it still signing
win it and it still signing
autographs. Fair play, Kyren Wilson.
If I can bring you into the studio,
John Parrott was giving him a huge
round of applause.
There are lots of
ingredients you need to be a
top-class took a player and one of
them is great. And that is what he
has shown today, didn't have is A
game at the start of the match,
couldn't make a break but from 5-2
down, from the mother Judd Trump
took the liberty with the thing, he
has been brilliant.
KEN DOHERTY: that'll give him so
much confidence going into the
final, to come through like that and
play the snooker, he has not just
done it through Skype -- scrappy
frames -- STEPHEN HENDRY: that'll
give him so much confidence. To me,
it seemed to be destiny.
He did seem
to have the run of the balls but you
have to give him his credit, John.
Like I said, Judd took the liberty
and the game has a way of turning it
around and not forgiving you and
Kyren started to pop balls, he had a
thin red in the middle, ended up
being perfect on the pink but from
then on, it was a brilliant break.
then on, it was a brilliant break.
Kyren will come in for an interview
in a minute but let's have a look at
the moment of madness that cost Judd
Trump our place in the final.
a few shots he can play here but it
is just not thinking clearly, it is
is just not thinking clearly, it is
the pressure getting to you. You are
desperate to get the match won and
you're desperate to take any chance,
that is the frame of mind.
composure at this stage of the game,
the stage of the tournament. Here he
comes, absolutely drained, Kyren,
well done. I just said, you have
just been through there and you have
been signing autographs. 5-2, we
honestly thought it was all over.
What a tremendous fightback, well
Due know what it is, people
keep calling me the Warrior and I
thought, I haven't won a comeback in
years, so I am going to stick in
there and this venue, funny things
can happen here and the late, great
Paul Hunter made some awesome
comebacks and I was thinking of him
a little bit and trying to draw some
inspiration from some of the
comeback see made and just managed
to stick in there.
At 5-2 down, I
was saying to the boys, looking at
your body language, it is almost
like you were resigned to defeat.
am trying to stay in my chair the
same all the time, trying to make
things familiar all the time. It
might not look the most positive to
you guys but I'm trying to keep
things together all the time. I had
my chances in more or less every
single frame and kept running out of
position. I felt like the potting
was there and the queueing.
the cue ball when it mattered, all
of those frames, all of a sudden,
you found the cue ball when it
I just knew that I had to
start scoring in the 70s and 80s
from the interval, because I wasn't
Isn't it funny how the
game can change, he has taken that
one liberty with the red, 5-2,
splattered the balls everywhere and
from the minute that happened, it
has just changed and you as a player
realise that, don't you?
I had my
chances, I made a good start from
the interval, a good 80 break and I
let myself a black down the rail and
I just under hit the red next to the
black and that would have been 3-3
because I would've answered the job
from 3-3 and Judd capitalised and as
you say, took the liberty and let me
settle. I just needed one frame to
get my ongoing from 5-2 down.
point, there was an amazing yellow
in frame nine, did you just decide
on that shot straightaway?
I like to
think I'm an aggressive player and I
felt like Judd was quite
We said that, he
seemed to have a game plan.
safety game, I was really impressed
with it and I thought, I'm going to
go over it and when my opportunities
came, I just thought I'd got to
start taking them, whether it is
taking a risk or not.
When you play
that red in the middle, everything
happened and then you were on the
pink, that was lovely.
I thought the
red was going to cover it.
went to the phage or and it was
I am sure I saw a little
You have that
break of 81 and Judd had a break of
96 but we were talking about the
fact that Judd hadn't spotted a ball
for 38 minutes, so that was
obviously your intention, to keep
him in his chair and away from the
Yes, I lost my discipline a
little bit, I went for one of those
crazy ones as well but I felt I had
no shots so I wanted to take my
opportunities and when that wasn't
quite there, not taking the rash
shot... I know the yellow one was
rash but it is one I really fancied
and I just grew in confidence and
started to find my game.
can't wait for tomorrow.
buzzing, this is a sort of venue
where you want to be in a vinyl. I'm
knocking on the door this season, I
just need to ground myself tonight,
chill out and it is just another
And your family here as well
today, lovely to see that.
is brilliant. I had my brother and
my wife coming along after one of
the frames, just give me a little
cheer and it gave me a little boost,
really. It is nice to have them here
and give them something to cheer
Talking about boosts, I have to
ask you about this crowd. I have
been asking these guys as well but
it's been a long time since they
walked out in a final frame decider
with so much at stake, are you aware
of the crowd and the "Come on,
Kyren," or do you block it out?
think leading up to and the first
couple of shots, but then you get
into a zone and you have to block it
off and not think about it. Last
year, I really struggled with that.
It was my debut and I didn't handle
the crowd very well whereas this
year, because I played so well in my
first game, that obviously helps, I
know I can do it so now I know I can
do it, all that doesn't matter and
it is playing the balls.
Masters final, how does that sound?
Awesome, one more to go.
I'm not bothered.
goes on until midnight, that is what
They are both fantastic,
John has been there and done it and
Mark is one of the most consistent
on tour. It will be a tough game
every way but every game feels like
a final and is a tough game.
have thrilled us, though.
lots of qualities as snooker player
need and grit and determination is
definitely one of them and you
showed it in spades.
Go and have a
cup of tea, brilliant. Let's a quick
look ahead to tonight's match, John
Higgins and Mark Allen, you can
watch it live tonight on BBC Two,
the whole match.
watch it live tonight on BBC Two,
the whole match. It is a two piece
in the head to heads. -- eight
in the head to heads. -- eight
The pistol, the sharpshooter amongst
the players, the shortest, most
compact cue action in the top part
of the game, I think. Pulls it back
a very short distance and delivers
it very sharply.
Yes, which I think,
from a technical point of view,
means there is not much to go wrong
in that action but I think it limits
the type, or the style of shots that
Mark and sometimes play.
He can play
power shots, though.
He can, but in
certain parts of the world, I think
he can suffer a little bit.
having said that, he has won STEPHEN
HENDRY: big tournaments in China,
weather conditions generally play a
-- he has won his
tournaments in China, where
conditions generally play a little
heavier. I think with his very short
action that he has got, and to be
perfectly honest, it is the sort of
action you saw in the clubs as an
amateur because the queues were so
heavy, you had to get through the
ball quickly. I think he has gone
shorter on his bridge, he used to be
longer, but what a wonderful player.
He gets his action on the ball
because he is very very wristy,
similar to Joe Swale, uses his
wrist, almost like a golfer, turns
his wrist over. I remember watching
Mark Ilott when he was an amateur
and I thought this lad is going to
do really well. He has got something
about him, that spark, that fight
and he has beaten top players on the
He has immense
bottle. You know, he would be in
your top two or three people to
clear up if you needed someone to
clear up. He is not one to balk at
the pressure. He loves those moments
where you have got to do it now,
that is what he really enjoys and
away from that, a lot of people
might not know, but he is one of the
hardest working snooker players on
It just hasn't happened at
the World Championship, because that
is considered to be the litmus Test.
So a good performance at the World
Championships somewhere down the
line would raise his stock even
I think so. I think the
Masters is the event he hasn't done
that well in so far in his career.
Semifinal of the World
Championships, final of the UK and,
as I say, perhaps not done that
great in the Masters but I don't
think it is the want of trying, I
think it is a case of when it is
going to happen, not if, with Mark.
I don't know anyone that really has
more hunger than Mark for the game.
Don't know anyone who tries harder.
Shaun Murphy absolutely right
although, crucially, John, Mark
Allen has beaten John Higgins on
three occasions here at the Masters.
He is not frightened of playing
anybody, he is a fabulous competitor
and a wonderful scorer, which he has
been doing really well all week. In
amongst the balls, he has a lovely
touch, heavy scorer and his cause in
streaks where he scores for five
And when you have
beaten someone like O'Sullivan, you
walk into here full of confidence.
You should do but Mark said in his
interview it is just one match, even
though it was Ronnie O'Sullivan and
it was only halfway through towards
going when -- to win the tournament.
Mark Allen has every shot. Perhaps
as long game isn't as consistent as
some but he needs to start getting
to the end of these tournaments more
often. He is still not included in
the favourites to win these
tournaments, so he has a way to go
to get to that stage but he is well
capable of winning tonight and
That is what we said at
the interval, he threatens to do
some damage at the latter stages of
the big BBC events.
I think he has
been unlucky as well, he has walked
into players playing unbelievably
and had hard draws. Lots of the
matches I see, he plays -- he play
somebody who is playing outstanding
to beat him. When John has beaten
them in the past, it is because John
Higgins has played at the peak of
his ability and one safety shot, one
Mr pot, that's all it's been. He
will continue to go close because he
is very much a top player.
expecting it to be a high-scoring
I would be very surprised if
it wasn't a very high quality match,
possibly three, maybe for centuries
because these guys are the top in
the world when it comes to getting
on the ball and scoring heavily.
That is John Higgins' biggest asset
throughout his career.
guys have been talking about each
It is hard, it's a hard sport, it's
a brutal sport but that's why we
play and that's the excitement of
that. With these tournaments were
easy to win, everybody would be
He is playing a lot --
with a lot of confidence right now,
playing great all year and a great
win against Ronnie. So a tough,
We have been 13 years
now on tour, yet to win one of the
Triple Crown events. I fully believe
in myself that I can do it and if I
didn't, I wouldn't play. I've won
nine tournaments around the world so
if I can win nine around the world,
there is no reason I can't win one
of the Triple Crown, if not all
I like watching him play, he
is great to watch and I think we
have always had good games together.
John is one of the greatest ever in
my opinion, probably in the top
three or four of all time but we
have had some great battles over the
years and I have beaten him here at
the Masters already although he has
beaten me in some of the majors. I'm
confident in my own game. That's
nothing against John, that's the way
I've played recently.
You know, I'm
buzzing. I know I've never really
done great here but I've always
enjoyed playing, packed house nearly
every match and it's fabulous. I
look forward to it.
Her very young John Higgins in that
item there. It is 7pm, it is live
against Mark Allen on BBC Two. He
was runner-up against Ronnie
O'Sullivan losing 9-3 back in 1995,
I have the table from
my house from 1995. I had Ronnie
O'Sullivan in the first-round four
dead and letting go, so I bought the
table for spite.
Let's talk briefly
about Judd Trump and how damaging
this defeat is going forward.
damaging, he will take a long time
to get over that today. He has got
to look at his career because he
doesn't want to be known as the
flair player with all the talent but
no titles to his name. He has got to
think about it and the shots he
played today, they cost him.
damaging because of the position he
Absolutely and it changed
the circumstances of the match. It
is two shots, he will look at the
rash one at 5-2 and the plant in the
last frame, never the right shot.
That was a terrible shot. Kyren
Wilson comes in here full of
confidence, goes into the final
tomorrow and who knows who he is
going to get but there could be no
He will be a very
dangerous opponent for whoever wins
Thank you very much indeed,
that is it from us. Do join us this
evening, fantastic Saturday evening
entertainment coming from Alexandra
Palace. The second semifinal of the
2018 Dafabet Masters is John Higgins
against Mark Allen. We will see you
at 7pm live, goodbye for now.