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Good afternoon. Welcome to Alexandra
Palace and the 2018 Masters. It is
the format, the final day of
first-round matches. We feature a
man who lifted the Masters three
years ago and has won the Triple
exclusive club of world champions.
UK Champion 2008, it is Shaun
2015 Masters champion, Shaun Murphy.
And it is even a T-shirt on sale
here at the master celebrating the
fact of the Magician has won the
Triple crown. He doesn't have a good
record against Ali Carter. He leads
the head-to-head by nine victories.
Here are ten more fact she did not
know about the manner that is known
as The Captain.
Ali Carter was born in Colchester
England on the 25th of July. He
turned professional in 1996.
twice been the runner-up at the
World Championships. Both times
losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan.
his first maximum break at the
Crucible in 2008.
His nickname, The
Captain, comes from his past time as
His first ranking
tournament victory came in 2009 in
the Welsh Open.
Ali has fought
against Crohn's disease, testicular
and lung cancer.
He has earned over
two in career prize money.
highest position in the world
rankings was number two Mike in
He liked his practice facility
so much he bought the business.
Another attractive match. As for Ali
Carter, this game is difficult
enough to play without health
problems but he has done well to
Absolutely. He is one
of those players you like to watch
play because he is so good with his
cue, he hits the ball so nicely. His
problems are well documented but he
is a tournament winner and as a
force for anyone. You can turn over
anyone on Thursday.
particularly sick at the UK
Championships. He feels better so
that has to be a bonus.
I think he
loves the big tournament, the bigger
stage, playing at the Ally Pally and
that the World Championships. He
lost a couple of finals. He is one
of the players that can rise to the
big stage. I am really looking
forward to see how he plays today.
He is big - five ahead of Shaun
Shaun Murphy is a different
animal this year. He has the
confidence from the Champion of
Champions and in his fourth major
final this year. He is playing with
confidence. Apart from Ronnie
O'Sullivan, he is the danger man.
Danger is the word. When he is
stomping around the table he looks
like he'll eat every ball he is so
hard to stop.
He has the philosophy
he will not go down with a safety
shot, he is going for everything. He
is one of the best long potters and
break-builders and the game. You can
believe his opponents. He
believe his opponents. He stomps
like it is his table.
It is a great
attitude. It is very off-putting.
Thank you, Ken. This is the last day
in the first-round matches and
Ronnie O'Sullivan slip as Marco Fu
in scintillating style yesterday
setting up a clash with Mark Allen
who beat Luca Badoer cell. And all
Scotland tonight as John Higgins
faces Anthony McGill.
Judd Trump soph or the challenge of
Kyren Wilson beat Barry Hawkins.
Mark Selby was knocked out by Mark
Williams. We have seen some amazing
snooker. Seeing as you are fully up
to speed with the draw, let us
reflect on what we saw yesterday.
Steve Davis and John Virgo talking
is through this afternoon. What was
your reaction to Ronnie O'Sullivan?
Lots of the sports papers were
talking about his dizzy spell.
people say, it is like a second home
here in anti-produces the goods
every time. I feel sorry for Marco
Fu but that is the nature of the
game. If somebody is putting the
ball is all you can do is watch.
There was nothing Marco Fu could do.
It is a terrible feeling to sit on a
chair as a snooker player and not be
effective. We all know how good
money is on his day. He cannot take
too many negatives from his own
performance and it
performance and it is a bad day at
There was a great match
between Kyren Wilson and Barry
Hawkins, Kyren Wilson winning his
first match at the Masters.
see more of Khairuddin Kyren Wilson.
I have been told for the last couple
of seasons how good Kyren Wilson is
and he is one for the future. The
run of the ball helped at the end.
He ran out a worthy winner. It was
high scoring, are you expecting the
same this afternoon?
The rest of the
tournament, we will break the
century 's record, especially if
Ronnie stays in good form. All of
the players good form, they have got
plenty of match practice as the
season unfolds and I expect a high
standard match today.
expecting Ali Carter to give Shaun
Murphy a good win run for his money?
This is a nice matchup. Two
completely different characters. Ali
Carter is like a terrier. There is
no promotion from Shaun Murphy MP
misses. Sometimes he lets the game
get on top of them. If you can keep
his cool we are in for the great
We look forward to it. The
Good afternoon. We are used to good
snooker at the Masters but it has
been superb here. 17 centuries so
far. We turn our attention to a
match between two men who have won
11 ranking titles between them and a
rivalry that the back 18 years. It
is short time here at Ally Pally.
Please welcome a player making his
11th appearance at the Masters.
Winner of four ranking titles
including the World Open at the
start of last season. Semifinalist
in the China championship. He is
known as The Captain, Ali Carter.
And his opponent, a player making
his 14th Masters appearance, 17
years after his debut. Twice a
finalist, champion in 2015 when he
completed the triple crown. Top form
this season, four finals, winner of
the Champion of Champions. Class
act, he is the Magician Shaun
JOHN VIRGO: Both players got a great
reception. Once again it is a packed
house here at the Ally Pally.
house here at the Ally Pally. Shaun
is one of the players who comes out
with his cue case. Is it necessary?
The extensions fits nicely in
The extensions fits nicely in there
Walking down the stairs, you have
the protection of your cue case is?.
That is the crystal trophy they are
pulling for this week. Ali Carter
gets the match underway.
You can see it here, the Paul Hunter
trophy. The youngster who won this
on three Caucasians. Wonderful
player. -- locations.
He was quite a way away with that
Lucky to get away with that, I
think. It was a long-range two baulk
line into the corner pocket.
I think the yellow has came to his
rescue. There is a red into the
Can he screw back into
a safe area?
Yes. Terrific shot. Did not get his
bridge hand exactly where he wanted
to. He played it well and he was
perfect on the blue.
Very early chance in this match. We
saw Ronnie O'Sullivan get off to a
blistering start yesterday. Players
in form can do that and Shaun Murphy
is a player in form.
Matt Baird was always a big problem.
Has he got on the black? It is
tight. I don't think he has.
be disappointed. Just a safety shot
He was aware that it could not be a
problem. He could not overhead.
Couple shots Rahat thick.
Did not have the perfect angle on
the blue. Was confident enough,
tight on the cushion. Does not make
the sport only red any easier. Could
not have played it better. Good
Both players will have been on the
practice table in the build-up.
Trying to get the rhythm going
should they get an early chance.
Could have hoped for a better split
of the reds than that.
of the reds than that.
I suppose he
has to clear. He did not have to
play the cannon but he felt he was
bound to be on one.
This is a keyless safety. Very
jealous. -- careless.
You could see a couple of leads code
into the left corner.
He has an angle on the blue if he
wants to disturb the reds. That is
the right shot.
He would like to have that again, he
could have gone into the pink better
result. He could've been playing to
go into the pink and misjudged by a
As Shaun Murphy beforehand, he did
not make the most of that
Ali Carter is ahead in head-to-head
It would be interesting to
see how this match unfolds in as
much as the record of Ali Carter in
the Masters for the player of his
ability is very poor. From his
perspective, he will be frustrated
over the years to not have put in a
great performance here. He is blame
somebody he has had to be better
off. How will that pattern out?
That was a better safety, the cut
battle in nicely.
He made be able to bend it slightly
to the left-hand side to play for
pot. And a cracking report it was.
That was ramrod straight cueing from
Shaun Murphy. If there was a player
in the game for the young player to
try to mimic with his cue action,
you could not go much wrong copying
this man. Only the pace kept that
one out. The hard that you had the
ball the more accurate it has to be.
Such is Shaun's confidence... He
just got back on the job.
You could question whether he should
have played the yellow.
That is the nature of the modern
game, you get one chance and you
have to think, can we win the frame
at this minute?
He has played in the cannon and this
time it worked out OK.
One red on the side cushion nearest
the blue pocket is the only problem
for Ali Carter.
Shaun will be hoping he does not get
Just three points behind now.
And to clinch the frame at this
visit he will need all the remaining
He could try to shift that are red
out using another red, earlier
rather than later. Rather than
leaving it to the last shot.
That is assuming he has done the
The dizzy latecomer arriving, that
is why Ali is back from the table.
-- there is a. He could've played
for the black in the same pocket as
the bed. He could've knocked it away
from the cushion. That is not an
option now. He has to make certain
he gets on the red closest to the
This black and an awkward red
leaving Shaun Murphy to get a
You always have to be careful with
the double. It is in.
the double. It is in. 29 points is
the leader with 27 remaining.
Still has to be careful. Only one
snooker needed. Davis Tull danger.
It might be worth putting a ball
safe instead of playing the roll-up
but the roll-up is desirable because
you could get a sticker on the
yellow. Can you play the pink to the
side cushion somehow? Or just put
the pink. I prefer rolling the ball
to the black.
All the balls are live and if Shaun
Murphy can get out of this sticker,
get lucky, he is still in with a
chance. Excellent shot.
He is not out of the frame just yet
I did like putting a ball safe on
that shot. It would have been
insurance. Shaun wants to keep the
green and brown there. He can play a
snooker behind the black note, that
is in a nice place.
Good shot. The way that Ali is
shaking his head, it is not a
natural wonder cushion escape. If it
was he would not fancy a plate of
this ability to miss it but it is it
is not natural,...
It is amazing the
scenarios that snooker froze up. You
have to get colour safe sometimes
and sacrifice getting a snooker can
sometimes work for you. It is no
right or wrong way. That looks like
it has missed.
Couldn't keep the yellow ball
totally safe and hoping for a good
cue ball. This is a chance for Shaun
Murphy. He can play the game into
the yellow pocket. He has got a good
control. He could possibly get off
two cushions. It could be too much
of an angle.
He will be sitting down and kicking
himself. That was a chance.
himself. That was a chance. You do
not win many frames when you need a
snooker and that could've been a
body blue for Ali Carter.
I am surprised he played that so
hard. He needed the DLO to run.
was a terrible contact on the DLO
from the cue ball, took the backspin
out of the shot.
Another chance for Ali Carter or has
it gone behind?
That blew in the
middle of the table seems to get
bigger and bigger.
bigger and bigger.
amount of times that players get out
of snookers with a colour and they
return to a snooker. Can Ali Carter
get behind the black?
It was difficult with the cue ball.
Perhaps hoping to get the table.
He needs good, smooth cueing to
avoid the kiss on the pink.
He needs good, smooth cueing to
avoid the kiss on the pink. Doesn't
have to play the pot of course, but
it's normally the way he plays the
game. Likes to go for his shots. And
he went for it. We have a new
favourite for the frame now.
Wonderful pot. Kept everything as
still as a rock. Head stayed down
all the time. And once again...
... Beautifully struck.
... Beautifully struck. This is one
that slipped away from Ali Carter
Yes, it looks a formality. He must
have a slight angle. Once that cue
ball is as close to the black as he
can get it... Ali Carter, when he
doubled the last red, it looked like
it was his frame. A terrific pot on
the yellow. APPLAUSE
How will Ali respond to that? Shaun
Murphy leads 1-0. STUDIO: Brilliant
stuff from Shaun Murphy. Ali Carter
doesn't have a great record here at
the Masters and that will do little
to settle his nerves.
It was a funny
opening frame. The trademark couple
of long reds that he always does the
Shaun. He gave Ali a chance.
Ultimately the way the frame panned
out it looked like Carter was always
in control of it.
in control of it.
He didn't really
do a wrong shot but what he does
here, he plays a good snooker, just
doesn't get tight enough to the
pink. What red what he might have
been better off doing, watch where
the cue ball finishes. He doesn't
get tight enough to the pink which
means it's quite easy fit Shaun
Murphy to hit the yellow. What Steve
was saying in commentary and what an
alternative shot could have been,
putting the black or the pink safe.
He's 28 ahead, he's got more
insurance of the pink or black is
safe and less ball for Shaun to
snooker behind. It's just an
What would you have
done? Would you have rolled up
behind the black?
I could see his
cogs working there, Ali. He was
thinking, I can guarantee a snooker
here which is probably the easiest
shot of the two. It was probably one
way you would put the pink safe...
Two we talked about Shaun Murphy and
He potted a very good
green to get on the brown. That's a
big blow for Ali Carter. I think Ali
Carter coming into this much needed
a better shot than Shaun, because
he's lacking a bit of confidence.
Back to John and Steve.
COMMENTATOR: Yes, Ali Carter hasn't
had the best of seasons so far,
although he did get some success in
the Champions League recently
beating Shaun Murphy 3-1 in a minor
final to go through to the final
stages of that league. But this is a
big occasion. -- bigger occasion. A
lot of flies this week.
Or is it the
If it was, it went be back! -- it
will not be back. APPLAUSE
A bit unlucky, tried to screw across
the face of it. If he had done, he
had have been on the black nicely.
No value in playing the black,
because when the black is
re-spotted, that red just above the
black wouldn't be available.
This time, thick from Shaun Murphy.
But... Black goes safe, a little bit
safer. Ali Carter is left with
awkward cueing as well to make this
pot, to make it even more difficult.
And actually it's turned out to be a
problematic shot. Very close to the
brown... Well struck.
brown... Well struck. He did avoid
the pack, which was a bonus.
the pack, which was a bonus. Wow.
Lovely shot. It was going to be
tough, John, to actually get enough
power into that cue ball to really
disturb the reds. He did as well as
he could have done. A bit unlucky.
Yes. I was just wondering, there
were a couple of loose reds...
it the right shot?
And maybe get the
black on its spot. Maybe he was
thinking of bringing the pink into
play. You always trust a little bit
to luck and the fact is he's done
I must admit, in some
situations these days, not that
Ronnie O'Sullivan needs bigging up,
but I always wonder what would
Ronnie have done there. Perhaps
sometimes he doesn't risk the chance
that bad luck can happen like this.
If you can avoid it, try to not rely
on a bit of luck. APPLAUSE
Ali in effect has opened these reds,
but now they are at the mercy of
Once again a choice from Ali
Carter, you couldn't exactly
criticise only the nth degree at
top-class level. Very cruel to start
ripping a player to pieces for
playing the aggressive shot.
playing the aggressive shot.
course as people always say, we are
all wise after the event. I don't
think Ronnie would have gone into
them there. I think he got the black
back on its own spot and then would
have been thinking about bringing
the other reds into play.
the other reds into play. Lovely
shot with the reds. An excellent
rest player, Shaun Murphy.
Just concerned that the pink goes to
the left corner. When be too
interested in the black at the
moment because there is a red
occupying the black spot. Even if he
did pop the black... He's got the
pink available, got the blue on its
spot. It is a decent chance.
Another 47 points from this position
needed to get to snooker is
Still not a clear-cut chance, albeit
a good one.
a good one. Out of position a bit
here. This is a bit more of a cut
than it looks on our TV screens.
Played it very well.
Good judge of pace. It looked for a
moment has though it wasn't going to
drop. He's played that nicely. That
really has opened it up. He's now
got a 27 point lead.
Still going to need one of the
awkward reds but there is one just
off the cushion that's available.
Won't need the red to the right of
the black order to reds together.
the black order to reds together. --
or the two reds together.
Not perfect on this pink. Just
trying to pinch a bit. How costly
could that be?
Didn't expect him to
break down so easily. A couple of
balls before that hadn't gone in the
middle of the pocket. He looked to
be getting into a rhythm.
It was funny, it was just a natural
instinct. He got down so quickly as
though he was. It turned out that he
should have given it a bit more due
care and attention. The problem Ali
has got is he could have just rolled
it in and played for the red in the
opposite corner. The problem now is
those to reds either side of the
black. He needs those common he's
got to get them into play, sooner
rather than later. -- he needs
those, he's got to get them into
He's played the more
aggressive shot here. He's going to
try and shift the reds perhaps with
back spin, try and make something
happen. Could play with top as well.
Needs a bit of luck with the
position. If he hadn't of played it
that way he would have had a
difficult position shot of the last
pink, so not a clear-cut chance
That's amazing the way the
cue ball has finished there.
spin. That's what forced it forward.
It must have had a bit of sign...
Look at the way it's come across and
impacted the top cushion.
was hoping to have collided with two
of those balls on the top rail. The
power he put into the shot make the
cue ball go a bit wide.
cue ball go a bit wide.
the difference, still 43 remaining.
That was an excellent safety shot.
It wasn't great for Ali Carter there
to end up with the yellow on the
side cushion. He's the one playing
catch up. Didn't really want to put
the ball safe, it's more insurance
the Shaun Murphy.
the Shaun Murphy.
He'll settle for
that. I say settle, just bounced a
fraction. It's a mighty fine shot.
Shaun is having a look at the
potting angle. 27 points the lead.
You'll still need the two reds to
win the frame. This is a tough
pot... But a good one. You'll still
need the last red. I think a little
trickle up behind the yellow here
would be the order of the day.
get a bigger colour safe.
Yes. A bit of insurance, but he's
made this nuke it easier to hit. --
made the snooker easier to hit.
could have just dropped on it,
contained the situation.
play it with pace but its cost him
the frame now. This thread is
I think the story of the
matches what would have happened if
Ali Carter have made different
decisions. I'm not saying they are
all wrong, it's just the anomalies
of the game of snooker, sometimes...
It's 2-0 to Shaun Murphy and Ali may
be thinking... APPLAUSE
Shaun Murphy now leads 2-0.
Yes, a potted history there of
Shaun. Certainly in the century
break Department over the last few
seasons he's been rattling them in.
No sign of one yet, not had a 50
Break, which is amazing, the type of
quality we've seen so far. I think
it was just one of those matches
that both players are wary of one
another, but expecting to win, so
that can always make it a bit edgy.
Ali Carter will be disappointed to
be two behind. The chances he's had.
Third frame, Ali Carter to break.
Ali Carter breaks in frame three.
He's had some table time. He had
ideally like to get a frame on the
board. -- he would ideally like.
Excellent safety there from Shaun
Murphy. Asking a question now of Ali
to get this safe. He needs to miss
the yellow. He didn't. He may not
have left a pot that will tempt
Shaun, it's easier when you can get
your hand on the table to play a
better safety than that.
It would be
great to get behind that yellow. Not
easy, but it would pay dividends.
Not the best of safety shots from
Shaun Murphy there. Tempt the Ali
Carter. He's got great cue power.
Screw back down the table. Good
safety options here. That yellow is
He's cut off paths back down the
table from the left-hand side as we
look from our TV screens. What can
Shaun work out? This could go wrong.
You've got to be accurate here. Very
He made it look a lot easier
than it actually was. Played it
Got to be careful of balls going to
the right corner.
This looks like a good line. Just a
little bit overhit, only a fraction.
That wry smile, he knows he's left a
pot on here.
What a great pot. Great shot to
avoid collision with any of the reds
as well from the length of the
table, being able to stun round the
back of them. Now the yellow will be
giving Ali Carter problems. Poor
shot, very poor. What was that? Too
casual. Unless it rolled off... You
He looked to hit it too hard.
That's not a good shot, particularly
someone of Shaun's potting and cue
power. I'd be tempted to play this
read on to the right corner.
the third safety shot down that side
of the table that tempt -- that Ali
has hit a bit thick. He could play a
long deep screw back here, should
you so wish.
What a strike. He hits those so
well. His head stayed absolutely
still, his body stayed still, he ran
to the Q3. What Kieran Power. -- he
ran the cue through, what cue power.
Ali Carter nearly got the snooker
behind the yellow. Didn't manage to
do it. And then that slightly thick
safety left half a chance the Shaun.
Now it could be a frame-winner.
Now it could be a frame-winner.
a difference competitive confidence
makes. These two great players have
played at the very highest level,
but one of them's in good form and
the other is struggling for four
minutes showing. -- for form, and
Yes... I see what you
mean. There's a confidence about
Shaun when he's walking around the
table. OK, he's not played perfect
snooker in these first frames but he
looks confident, the way he's
walking around and knocking the ball
is in. You just feel that he could
get stronger now, particularly if he
was to take this frame at this
I'd say it's the difference between
looking to win a match and hoping to
win a match.
win a match. Especially on the big
Not wasting any time around the
table but still walking at a good
pace. And even though Shaun Murphy
is playing fast snooker, you'll
notice before every shot he just
stands behind and sets himself in
position before he gets down. So
he's not running around the table in
that respect. Walk round the table
nice and speedily, get behind the
shot, and then make your approach.
There's black, putting him 71 points
in front, just 67 remaining.
To be honest, the rest has licked a
formality. -- looked a formality.
Record for the Masters. 31 centuries
during the tournament. We've already
had 17. We may be struggling to see
number 18 because this cue ball
hasn't finished good. What a shots.
Not have an lucky as I thought. I
thought he had gone tight to that
red. -- not as an an
red. -- not as an an -- unlucky as I
I think at the century
break is he's going to get
I said I thought we
might be getting up to 40 which
would be remarkable. APPLAUSE
30 centuries is an average of two
You'd expect 11 centuries but you
can't guarantee them.
Highest break of the tournament so
far is 139 from Liang Wenbo. That
won't be beaten here. He's snooker
He hit that so well,
striking the ball so well.
A marvellous break of 119 from Shaun
Murphy. Now 3-0 in front, one more
to play before the mid-session
interval. STUDIO: Brilliant stuff
from Shaun Murphy. John talked about
and stomping around the table, he's
certainly doing that. All the
players are providing us with such
wonderful entertainment this year.
18 tournament centuries already and
31 the record in 2009. Brilliant
stuff from all the players but
especially today from Murphy.
and the opening read in that is an
This is what he's so good at. Body
and head so still. It's hard to hide
the white against someone who can
pot balls like that.
It shows you
the level we are playing at, Ali
Carter hasn't done a massive amount
wrong but he's 3-0 behind all of a
sudden. Those opening frames when he
had a chance to wrap a frame up have
gone the wrong way and now he's 3-0
behind in no time.
Do we agree with
Steven Davis's assessment on
decision making, it's Ali Carter's
decision-making that is letting him
down out there?
He's also not
capitalised on a future answer is
that he's had. He's been out of this
for a while. He's not been
particularly well and this
tournament you've got to be at it
from ball one. The standard is so
high and he slightly off his game at
If he got off to a good start, there
is a different complexion on the
When you lose a frame from
that position, does that play on
your mind if you're not playing as
well as you can?
your confidence is low. Shaun Murphy
is more consistent, different and
all the season compared to Ali
Carter. Little things like that make
a big difference when your
confidence is low.
Can Ali Carter
get off the mark?
JOHN PARROTT: Big frame for Ali
Carter now, you feel.
To go out of the arena to the mid
session interval with nothing to
show for it. He dropped his chalk.
With nothing to show for it. It will
not make you feel very good at all.
We saw that with Brian Vera in this
match. Warning after going 2-0
behind. That was a good shot. Ryan
Day lost his first three frames.
Seem to be struggling. But then he
was able to win the frame before the
interval and went on to win.
Ali Carter was very close to putting
Shaun Murphy in trouble. He just
gave Shaun enough of a shot.
gave Shaun enough of a shot. Ali
Carter might be forced to play a
containing sticker but he looks to
be playing an aggressive shot behind
Good effort but not good enough.
Weird is that thread going?
You could see he is fortunate. He
needs some luck.
Decent enough. It was hard to get a
good length of cue ball because he
caught the bed quite thin.
Shaun had a brief look at the red on
the left medal but I don't think it
There are a couple of flies
and moving around in the room.
and moving around in the room. I
think it is a wasp.
He has not be red into the corner
and it could be dangerous. It is now
because he has went into the brown.
I do not think the black is
available to the opposite corner.
If he has an angle he can go back up
for the blue.
He played at are really well. The
key to that shot is striking the cue
ball just below centre.
ball just below centre. That
traverses and to top spin after that
comes off the cushion. If you play
Ed Wood topspin you get to the
He will be thankful he has that red
over the middle pocket at the
moment. It a get out of three jail
That a red near the left medal, that
is the one you want to leave because
of an emergency.
It is going to be tricky. It is not
as easy to go into the pack and get
a guaranteed split with the pink
separated from the reds Bollywood. I
am not saying that is the right shot
here. Passion below it.
Having played for it, he will be
disappointed. He has been left with
more angled and required on this
blue. This could go wrong. He has to
be careful. He doesn't even like the
He had to sacrifice a bit of
distance between the white and the
next thread here. This is a missable
pot from Ali Carter, especially at
3-0 down and not firing on all
cylinders yet. You would expect him
to get it. It depends on how much
tension is in his arm.
You need to be closer to the object
ball, it makes the pot so much
Getting back to what you were seeing
in the last frame, he came to the
table and was not really positive.
It was a very edgy way of playing.
Particularly taking that led to the
left middle early. He probably
should have left that for a while.
It is easy for us. We are not free-
zero behind and desperately needing
Look at the pot success, he has a
better pot success than Shaun
Just watching Shaun when he bent
back to his seat, he seemed to shake
He is looking at the plant
in the league left corner, is he?
needs to go in. It has gone on.
Apart from the kiss on the red, it
looked to be perfect on the pink. Or
on the blue.
You would expect him to
get the yellow with the rest. It is
permissible. Other shots would not
Look where the red came
The blue goes as well,
obviously. Judgement shot here.
He misjudged it. Sometimes it is
difficult when the balls are close
Even then, the yellow was arguably
the right ball instead of the blue.
Small decisions. 50-50s.
Small decisions. 50-50s. It is down
to Shaun to mop up the tears. Masses
difference between 3-1 and 4-0.
Shaun Murphy will know that the
difference between that scoreline
when you get to your opponent in a
hole, you want to keep him in it.
There is a voice of experience for
Shaun Murphy knows the importance of
Isn't this just the nature of the
game. A little run on the ball. It
could've been a squabbling.
could've been a squabbling.
different scored line. When you're
searching for form, it can be very
elusive. The harder you try, the
harder it gets.
That was a disposition to leave it
dead straight but he has recovered
It could be a bonus.
He has not played that well. This is
For the second I thought he
had judge did very well but in the
cue ball just rolled onto another
It is not a straightforward run to
the line. He will leave four reds.
He can play the cannon on the pink
from the black.
He could end up in a trap here if he
is not careful.
is not careful. You can see anything
wrong with trying to play the cannon
on the pink.
That is lovely. He has held that
well. He can have a soft stunning.
Floated past the pink spot.
parts of the right-hand red, the
left one becomes available. This is
looking like 4-0.
No heroics with the black. It is 4-0
now. 44 ahead with 35 remaining. FP
pots this red then Ali will not
bother coming back to this table.
It is the first to 6, remember.
Latest elbow room for Ali. He has to
regroup at the interval. Sometimes
Ali can be hypercritical of himself.
When you consider his pot success,
Ali Carter, 92%. He has only missed
three balls. It is a tough school.
Shaun felt he got a bounce off the
baulk cushion. He is disappointed he
has not made the century.
has not made the century. They go to
the mid-session interval. Shaun
Murphy leads 4-0.
GABBY: 61 minutes is the match time.
We had a drubbing yesterday for
Marco Fu and looks like another one
for Ali Carter.
You have to take
your hat off, wonderful break from
Shaun. He has been given the
opportunity. The balls were awkward
and it was a clever break the way he
went about it. Lost position a
couple of times but kept it going.
It was a very good break.
plotting so well. Played very
nicely, full of confidence. You can
tell by the body language of the
two. Big difference between the two.
He is playing at the top of his
game. Ali Carter has it all to do.
That first frame was crucial in this
Is that knocked the stuffing
out of him?
It doesn't help. It also
doesn't help when Shaun Murphy is
hitting it as well see is. His long
game is great. It is not what you
can do about that.
He is slightly off his game at the
moment and Shaun books that keeps
coming to the boil. When Shaun
Murphy, he had the television on
this morning, playing the interview
of Ronnie O'Sullivan, looking very
relaxed and everyone says Ronnie
O'Sullivan is the man to beat. Does
that anger the players, you have not
seen me yet?
Ronnie has set the
barometer and is up to the guys to
derive inspiration from it. Get
themselves going. And see, I can
play well, I have beaten body in the
past and can do it again. Ronnie has
set such a high standard, it is up
to these guys to continue that
standard and reach the hates of
It is laying down
the gauntlet. You have to blank it.
We have got matches to win,
different opponents to play. Every
player that you play is a different
form of examination you are going to
get because they all play different
styles. If you're going to beat
Ronnie in the tournament, you have
to do your job.
will not play as well as he did
against Marco Fu, he will not play
like that every time and will have
an off day as well. He will drop in
standards and then raises standards.
You cannot think of Ronnie
O'Sullivan will play like that all
the time. Anybody can be beaten on
You have to give Shaun
Murphy credit, it is different
viewing this afternoon. Yesterday,
it was Ronnie O'Sullivan finishing
frames in 13 minutes, this is a
different type of match.
He can only
major in business. He is playing Ali
Carter who is slightly off his game.
Your concern is just to get from
start to finish, she cans, you're
into the next round. Wait for the
next match to come up. -- shake
hands. You have to do your job for
the day and get the job done.
looking at Ali Carter's Masters
record, you have to go back to the
last time that Ali Carter had a
whitewash, who beaten?
You can tell
me it is?
I am telling you, he is
lucky to get nil.
lucky to get nil.
Mr modesty from
Dublin. It was in black-and-white.
Nobody has Betamax any more.
the things about Shaun Murphy, he is
impressive on the table and also
offered. He has been talking to Rob
Shaun Murphy is back in
town, what a season, four big finals
and winning the Champion of
Champions, what has clicked over the
last few months?
I had a really good
season in a few years ago when I won
this tournament and then lost in the
final of the World Championships. I
will not say I took my foot off the
gas but like all sports people, I
went off in search of the next
improvement, how could I get better?
I perhaps took by focus of working
on what I had been working on for
that period of time. The last year
or so, it is like when you are
stealing a big ship, you can point
it over there but it takes it a
while to turn. I have been trying to
turn the game around. Something has
happened this season. I have started
working with the new method of
cycling. There is no doubt
whatsoever in my mind that has had a
revolution the effect on my game. --
It is so excited to see the results
of my hard work and that method.
Everytime I go out now I am looking
forward to play.
From a technical
point of view, if there are any club
player is watching, will fit getting
into too much detail, what are you
able to do differently now that you
are adopting with this new
It is very tailored to
the individual, it is about your
personal centre line and vision.
Steve Cook textbooks going back
50-60 years tell you to stand
adjacent to the line. And then look
over it. Walking across the line if
I can use that term. This method I
am using it gets my centre line of
vision, whatever that is, between my
two eyes, I have had tests showing
where that is. I get that line onto
my aim immediately. I have changed
where I stand at the point of
aiming. That is it. When I am making
my decisions, hitting the object
ball to make the pocket, I am
standing differently now, tailored
to my own requirements.
That must be
difficult getting used to, it is
like changing the way you brush your
teeth, it must be instinctive.
taught how to block into the ball
when I was eight years old. It is
difficult. I had it explained to me
very well, I understood it very
quickly. When I saw the results,
that encouraged me to persist. It
was a typical change that was
required. I missed some shots by a
mile. When I started consistency
comeback and when I thought the ball
was going to go on go on and did,
that spurred me on.
How big is your
all-time list of achievements, and
there have been some very big ones,
how big was winning the Champion of
Champions, bearing in mind it was
against Ronnie over the longer
format in an event he has dominated
over the few years it has been in
To win a tournament where
only winners are done it, that is a
real privilege. It is well known I
had played in the previous years and
I had never won a match. I had lost
some stinkers. To go back and win
this year, it was significant, to
beat Ronnie over the distance, I had
never done that before. I got up to
seven against them in the Premier
league final and I have beaten him
in matches here or there, but at a
distance over the double session
match, I had never done that before.
It was big. It
It was big. It gave -- he gave me
some readings over the past three
years and I have learned so much
about the game by watching him at
close quarters. When we revel about
Ronnie O'Sullivan, people forget
that players are snooker fans as
well. Whilst I am always trying to
win and beat him at the Crucible,
when he is in play, I have the best
seat in the house to watch are the
best player does it. You go away
from these matches and the dust
settles and you think, how can I
improve and get better from that
match? It was painful. I would
rather still be in the championship.
They go away and think about things.
Whatever it was I picked up its dude
be in good stead at the Champion of
Looking back to other
career highlights, you're one of the
very illustrious list to have the
triple crown, I can remember from
the sidelines seeing how much
emotion there was in your face when
you completed the crown heard in
2015. That was masse for you, wasn't
it? It was a piece of history and in
order to do so, you had to reverse
the defeated meal that was in 2012.
Perhaps going into that final you
felt this could be your last chance
to complete the crown. From an
outsider 's point of view, it looked
like that meant the world to you.
did. There is no hiding it getting
away from it. I stood on the
precipice 120 12.
As much as you try to get out of it,
not answer questions and put the
press to one side, there was a bit
of a monkey on my back. There was a
little devil sat on my shoulder
saying, you might never won this, it
makes never happen. After winning
the World Championships in 2005 and
being tipped for big things, you
forget about the UK victory. It
happened and you moved on to
achieving the Triple crown. You
stand on the edge of that for a long
time. It took me nearly seven years
to complete that set. It is a long
time to wait. It is a long time to
come here, keyed up, this is the
one. As much as you try the sports
psychology route, don't think about
it and just play the match. Don't
get involved. Prepare. We all try to
do that but we are all human, being
in our hotel rooms and watching the
snooker on television. We cannot
help it. When I played in the final
against meal, I got sucked into is
the one, this is it. It was all too
important. I learned from that. I
managed to put it to bed.
of luck on your wiki and keep up the
good work, it is a joy to see you
when you are in the floor.
really enjoying showing you these
interviews during the interval.
Shaun Murphy is a very good talker
and a very good snooker player. It
is easy to forget how impressive he
was playing the Masters.
Neil Robertson jile. Neil Robertson
was flat and that final, Shaun will
be the first to admit that. He
played great. He did his part of it
and was the winner 10-2. When you
can cue like he can you can have a
chance in every event.
It is a
fresher to hear him speak so openly
about her style and what he has done
to improve his game.
He's a great
ambassador, a great talker, very
philosophical. He is quite open,
about his emotions and his thoughts.
What he wants to achieve in the
game. When he completed that Triple
crown he became part of history. Not
many people have that honour and he
is one of them so he be proud.
you make about what he was saying
about his vision and the change in
style. Do you detect any difference?
You can see it here on the still.
One on the left beforehand. His
header slightly straighter on the
It looked straight
on on the right-hand side. We talk
about how he lines up. Steve Davis
talked about how still he is on the
right-hand side. Compare to back in
2005. He is off his cue more. That
helps. I think is lining up the
shot. Mark Williams talked about it
in the studio. How much that has
helped him. He is having lots of
Can you red too much into
the sport psychology? Is it
something just about getting out and
We are back to
individuals. Some people it could
help and other people would not find
it useful. It is back to the
Sports psychology can
help lots of people. Every little
edge that you can get from it, it is
definitely worth exploring.
Murphy leads 4-0 against Ali Carter.
Back to the live action later. Good
match later on. John Higgins taking
on Anthony McGill making his Masters
If your child had had a smell, what
would it be? What hobby would you
get into if time and money went an
I think it would be fantastic
to build a snooker Academy. Get a
lot of juniors involved. I think
something like that would be a
What fad or trend do you
hope comes back?
Flares. I don't
have the bravery to wear them myself
but I think they are pretty cool.
What would be your spirit animal?
dog. I love dogs. They're just cool,
Is the only human left
on Earth, what would you do?
walk around naked.
walk around naked.
We saw Anthony
McGill last night looking very
relaxed in the players lounge. John
Higgins against Santi McGill is live
on your red button at 7pm. Every
night we round up all the day's
highlights. If you missed anything
this is what you have missed, as we
look forward to frame five. Shaun
Murphy was absolutely brilliant in
the first frame, taking full
advantage of a few mistakes by Ali
Carter. It's his decision making
which is having a big effect on this
match today, superb break of 119.
Potting beautifully. Ali Carter's
heaviest defeat at the Masters 6-0
and Murphy with another break of 87
to make it 4-0 at the interval. It's
not going very well for Ali Carter.
In fact that's the any time he
smiled because Shaun Murphy has been
absolutely brilliant in this opening
I'm trying to get over the
fact Anthony McGill will rock --
walk around naked all the time!
we go, frame five as we go back to
Thank you, frame five. Ali Carter to
COMMENTATOR: Ali Carter
breaking off in frame five, hoping
the interval will change things for
Could play a four condition quite
aggressive safety shot but looks
like Shaun Murphy spotted a gap to
get through for a pot. Turns it down
for the more containing safety.
Thought he was getting down to try
and pot that.
Hasn't really done too much damage
to Shaun Murphy with that safety.
It's going to be always difficult to
put his opponent under pressure. The
risk in playing this thick and
playing the four condition safety,
you don't know where the reds are
going to go. -- four-cushion safety.
You can get rewarded sometimes. Much
like Shaun Murphy's last safety
shot, didn't get the cue ball close
enough to the cushion.
enough to the cushion. This is
On a fast cloth, the thinner the
safety, the less you're likely to
push the ball to the opposite corner
pocket. It does tend to be the way
that a lot of safety shots are
played these days, not to do any
damage with the object balls.
damage with the object balls. He's
let that one go. He's got to hope
the blue comes to his rescue here. I
don't think it has.
Quite low on the safety success from
Ali Carter. It wasn't much of a
risk. An opportunity now in potting
the black just go into the cluster.
If Shaun Murphy can get back into
his stride after the interval and
win this frame, he's turning Ali
Carter's campaign at the Masters
into another disappointing one.
He's got to develop a few roads
soon, though. -- a few reds soon.
Three reds, three blacks.
I thought he could have rolled it in
and played to the black at the
opposite corner. A let off the Ali.
-- a let off for Ali. It didn't feel
as though he was in a position to
risk it. He's at the position now
where he's got to somehow get a
foothold in the match. He probably
won't get that by taking too many
A tent of her Ali Carter into the
middle pocket. -- tempter for Ali
Carter. The trouble is when you miss
these you don't know where they are
going to go.
Played it positively, there was no
point really in playing that to get
the cue ball on the bottom rail.
the cue ball on the bottom rail. A
nice start of her Ali Carter. He's
got to get going here -- a nice
start for Ali Carter. He's got to
flow a bit, it's not been easy.
That's not wonderful. He's got a red
but he's got to trust a little bit
to luck, getting this cue ball out
into open play. Screw back, try and
get on the blue. Unlucky the way
that's come out. That's just
unfortunate really. You can't
guarantee you're not going to
collide with the pink and then he
would have been on the blue. Should
have collided with the pink, really.
He played it with so much pace...
And then a bad kiss on the yellow.
It's tempting him to
go for but Steve said, this is
tough. He played it nicely.
Sometimes you don't get what you
deserve but the red he's closest to
he can pop to the left middle. It's
not all bad.
not all bad. -- pot to the left
He should be able to play
quite a deft Ston shot across the
face of the blue for the blue in the
same pocket. Awkward cueing, though.
So, a clear-cut chance now for Ali
Carter to get his first frame on the
Not right in the heart of the
pocket, this red.
Now, he's nudged that read. If he
can get through to the red just
above the black it's fine. He's
going to have to play this red. Can
he hole for the pink? It like to.
Could do comfortably.
Could do comfortably.
Just got to be
a bit careful with a few positional
shots here, and it will open up
quite nicely. A few of those reds
blocking paths, especially the
corners. Getting low on this black
would have been a nice option, but
he's got loads of choices here.
You always feel in these situations,
you've just got to focus on one shot
at a time, forget the scoreline.
the most of every opportunity you
get. He's got a slight angle on the
black. You'd have preferred a bit
more angle. But he shouldn't have a
problem. It's OK if he can't run
through for the black, he can always
done it for the pink into the
opposite corner. -- stun it. He goes
through for the black. Nice angle on
it this time to come on and off the
top cushion. 27 points the lead now.
Three of these remaining reds and
the frame will be in the bag. I know
we always say that you never settle
until you get your first frame on
the scoreboard. It's always the
case. It will make you feel a lot
better if you can do it in one
visit. On this entry, it would be
the icing on the cake. 35 ahead. Red
cover rent required.
Just about got the right angle on
I can only assume he put a bit of
sign on the cue ball there and
didn't get any.
It seemed like it
overhit it, he knew he had
overheated immediately. He should
get this, obviously.
Job done by Ali Carter here. You'll
be relieved but he's also pleased
he's converted the chance.
Perfect on the blue. Could be
another century to add to the list
at this year 's Masters. 18 so far.
Obviously it was going to go to 4-1
hour but amazingly enough he's still
ahead in the pot success, 95% pot
. ... What a pity! What a pity.
Johne Murphy had first chance. He
needs a few mistakes from Shaun but
he's at least got a frame on the
board now, something to build on.
STUDIO: Out and 99. Long road back.
It is bottle great journeys start
with small steps. I agree with what
the commentator said, you've got to
forget the scoreline, play every
frame like it's the last frame in
the match and see where it leads
you. He's scored in one visit.
You're not going to win at this
level by fiddling around. If you can
win in one visit and show your
opponent I'm still scoring, you've
got a chance.
Good response. It's
amazing when you go to an interval,
you come out and sometimes you clear
your head. When you're sitting in
the chair and getting barrage to buy
breaks every time, you need a bit of
time just to gather your thoughts.
He's got one chance, potted a few
good balls at the beginning of that
frame. He kept it going and it's
just what he needed to settle him
down, give him a bit of confidence.
To win it in one visit was a great
No one wants to lose 6-0 but
when you get that frame on the board
does it relieved that bit of
That's the first part, the
first rung of the ladder you are
trying to climb today. He'll be
doubly concentrating. The one thing
you don't want to do is win a frame
like that and then be a bit lax in
the next one. You've got to be right
on it in this frame as well.
When you get a chance you
want to try and keep your opponent
down. You don't want to give them an
easy chance now.
Back we go with
Steve and John.
COMMENTATOR: You see the thumbs up,
I think that was an ironic thing,
mainly to himself. How did he not
make the century, he'll be thinking.
Centuries only win one frame and 99
isn't far off. This looks like a
good cue balls. Just seemed to check
a little bit. Left to pot on.
This time Shaun's long potting lets
him down. I suppose from a point of
view of safety, neither player has
been really finding that cushion
No. When you're
playing a shot to nothing, in one
respect, if you do actually pot the
ball you like to be on a colour. On
that particular type of shot you
don't want to play for the baulk
cushion. Perhaps play for a baulk,
into the pockets is the correct way
to play those
-- baulk colour.
Once again as we've seen so many
times during this match, and it does
seem down the left-hand side of the
table as we look, Ali keeps catching
them a bit thick.
A monster. Not just potting it but
retaining perfect control with the
cue ball. That's where finding the
bottom cushion, as Ali Carter failed
to do, can be so important against
the top player and Potter like Shaun
Murphy. When you get that cue ball
tight against the cushion, you can
only hit the top part of it far
harder shot. And if you are catching
the ball thick or thin, length of
the table in your safety shots, it
doesn't help your confidence because
it's obviously, unless the table is
rolling off over distance, it's
usually the case that you have a
cueing deficiency. You're not
striking the middle of the cue ball
and delivery. Shaun Murphy and the
hit that shot, I don't think he got
a bad contact but certainly no back
spin on that one. He may have got a
There was certainly a
bounce when the cue ball met object
Took all the spin of the cue
The thing is about this blue,
if he had the right angle on the
blue he wouldn't have any hesitation
in playing it. He doesn't have the
right angle, this thread, the ones
close to the cue ball at the moment.
He's really only available to the
left corner which is why he's
turning the blue down and playing
So as in the last frame, Sean --
Shaun didn't make the most of the
He got a kick, it
wasn't a massive one but sometimes a
kick can destroy the path of the
object ball. Other times the cue
Not too sure what Shaun's looking at
here. That looks on. He's not even
Maybe he can't get to
the first red... But yes, from
behind it looked a certainty.
looks like a three-ball plant into
the middle. He didn't give it much
of a look. Perhaps it's lined up a
bit to the near jaw. Ali Carter is
looking to see if it's a three-ball
plant the other way. Into both
middle pockets, middle and corner. I
wonder why Shaun didn't give that
more attention? He's out there at
You can see better when
you're right behind the shot. I
don't think Ali will be turning this
down to be honest.
It's poor from
Shaun Murphy not to have spotted it
is a three-ball plant the other way.
He's definitely going for it so he
must think it's more or less
He needs to get it, though.
And got it. Cue ball got close to
the corner... He's on the blue.
He got the cue ball out into open
play as well. Unforgivable from
Shaun Murphy there.
Giving it the steely eye, sat in his
chair. Ali has to avoid the kiss on
the second red here and he should be
perfect on the back or pink. Judged
Great chance, this.
If he had been a bit straighter on
the black he probably felt he could
have controlled the cue ball better.
Played that nicely.
Another 46 points required from this
position. To get to
position. To get to snookers
required. The fact he's hesitating
means it's become a bit awkward. You
can see, very straight. Would it be
worth the risk to screw back and can
in the red that is closest to the
cue ball now? That could go wrong I
suppose -- cannon the red.
He made a
mistake with the red, he lost the
cue ball a bit. As you say, worth
the risk their committed to that
nicely back in prime position.
Will be using the extension and his
cue but you can get past the red
closest to the cue ball. It's not
too awkward cueing.
Ali Carter is starting to look like
a different player. He has got a
spring in his step. Bit more of the
eye of the Tiger.
He has this red bubble deep into the
Because it did not go into the
middle of the pocket that is why he
is thinner on the blue than he would
like but have no problem, able to
drop it in and play for the reds in
the left middle. That is all he
needs to go 52 points ahead with
just 43 remaining.
This is a very good response from
Ali. It could be said that Shaun
Murphy in the last two Freemans has
got in first. On this particular
occasion he was unlucky with heavy
contact. What Ali had to do when
presented with these opportunities
was to take them.
was to take them. And he did in the
last frame and he has done so in
this. In the last thing he did not
make the century, he made 99. He
could hit the time that this time
around. -- the tan.
He does not want to miss anything.
It is the blue for 100. Well done.
Sometimes Ali Carter's temperament
can be questioned, it can be
belittled. I like the way he has
came out in the second half. He has
grabbed it with both hands. He is
now putting some pressure on Shaun
Murphy. He led 4-0 and it is now
GABBY: Shaun Murphy not smiling any
We said to take everything as he
could, see what you can do. He made
99 and then a century.
All credit to
him. He has kept Shaun Murphy away
from the table.
He is looking more
confident, moving around a table, he
has a spring in his step. You can
feel the crowd urging him. They want
to see him win the frame. And make
this match as close as possible.
That can give you a nice boost as
well. You can feed off of that. He
looks to be a completely different
player from the first four.
Murphy, as you said that the start
of the programme today, stomping
around the table, you sometimes get
that glint in his eye when he loves
potting balls to the camera.
that is slightly different. It is
not panic stations yet. If it gets
to 4-3, he will be looking in the
rear-view mirror. Winters 4-2 and
you have got a cushion, you will
still think you are all right. The
next frame will be very good.
next frame will be very good. I
quickly the idea of Ali potting out
to calm himself down. He has to be
careful not to present any
opportunities back to Shaun when he
is on a run.
We're not suggesting
that the crowd are fully behind Ali
Carter but they appreciate he was
4-0 down the interval.
JOHN VIRGO: He will be pleased the
way the last two points are gone but
there is no margin for error for
Ali. When your opponent needs two
frames, you have more wiggle room,
so to speak.
Even in the best of 11, there are
some breathing space.
The UK Championship in the best of
11 and the early stages, dropped
from best of 17. It is a shorter and
sharper event. The Masters has
always been, this is called me
thinking, going back in history, it
has been a true test.
The true test
is that you will not get an easy
That was thinner than he wanted on
that side of the table.
He has been catching the safety
shots, Ali Carter. Thick down the
left-hand side as we look and found
down the right-hand side by a
fraction, that is.
As you see, it is usually a sign
that you are not finding the centre
of the cue ball.
Once again he was a fraction too
That is about average for Shaun
Murphy, 67%. That is quite high for
Great long pot. Did not screw it
back as well as a might have done on
some occasions. Perhaps not a great
contact either. He rammed the red
The choice is the blue into the
middle of the corner. That is a more
positive shot with guaranteed
He has not made the most of the last
two frames and desperate to make
this one count.
I would say that Shaun Murphy's
recent good form in major finals
could be holding him in good stead.
You can take a view on the chin if
you are confident enough to strike
He had a couple of good finals with
Ronnie O'Sullivan. Defeated Ronnie
and the Champion of Champions but
lost in the UK final. There is one
red on the open. He has the angle on
the black to go into the cluster. It
has came out OK. It is not
absolutely inch perfect.
He has had
that so well. He did not put too
much backspin on it. The cue ball
did not stick in the pack. Just
enough backspin to grip the cue ball
and keep it in the middle of the
table. Could not have had it any
This is always risky because you are
going closer to the black. This time
he has judged it perfectly. That is
a tough shot to get right on these
tables. Flying off the cushion.
There is a pack of Freds that has to
be opened at some stage.
He will not be pleased with that. He
let the cue ball goal but he has got
away with it.
away with it.
We just missed Ali
looking away and puffing out his
Sensibly not trying to get on the
blue perfectly with that shot.
He could've that better.
He did not have the right angle on
He good amongst the balls, though.
You would not put it past him to
knock in another century.
Just the black is needed now to go
70 points in front with just 67
He did take advantage of getting him
first which he did not do in the
last two frames.
Ali Carter failed on 99. Potentially
could have been four.
Shaun Murphy is now 5-2 in front.
It'll be tough for Ali Carter to get
back in this match.
I know what
you're thinking watching at home,
you would not wonder this Masters
championship to end.
matches are excellent. This is a
hard game. They are playing out of
their brains. That was an
interesting shot in that break.
Shaun Murphy is on the green. Look
at the way of the position of the
balls. Most players would try to
force an angle to come down as close
to the reds as possible. He is so
confident of his cue action. He pots
this and screws back to leave the
mid-range red. Lots of players would
try to get the cue ball as close to
our bed as possible.
What you are
saying, to be clear, because he is
so good at the mid-range and
long-range potting, and he is
playing so well, he was happy with
that position of the cue ball.
was confident enough to leave that
As John said, if you're not
feeling too good, not too confident,
you may try to get closer and
sacrifice your position. He was
totally in control and totally
confident. It is like bread and
butter for him. That is what you get
if you have got a good cue action.
Good response in all fairness.
Psychologically, he has held himself
together. Ali has put it up to him
but he has as well.
That is a good
fight back by somebody like Shaun
Murphy who is sitting thinking, I
have to get back to the table and to
pot a ball.
It was not quite panic
stations but if it went to 4-3 it
would have been. It was an important
juncture in the match.
When you look
at the breaks we have had today, we
have had a and a 93, 90 nine. We
could've had another century added
to the growing century rate.
It has been a bombardment of breaks
this week. There is a premium on
good safety play and also getting in
amongst the balls first during a
Good effort, no damage done.
With the standard is as high as
this, the line between success and
failure is so marginal.
failure is so marginal. Ali played
that with a good effort and it was
just a fraction out. If it had gone
and he could have won the frame.
I think you are punished more now
from drumsticks. -- for your
Excellent safety shots from Shaun
Murphy. Ali Carter has to be careful
he does not push the ball towards
the left corner. He looks like
playing that outside red. It is a
three ball plant that could send the
red towards the corner. Fortunately
for him he could get towards the one
by the blue. It is not putting too
much pressure on his opponent but
there is no risk. That was a good
I think he was happy. You can
see the red in the middle of the
Unless he decides to play to the top
cushion, he might be forced to...
This is risky but excellent.
This puts pressure on Ali. From this
side of the table, he is catching
all his safety shots too thickly.
It was slowed down by the fact that
the cue ball can't react.
That was an excellent shot.
He has played that well.
On one said he is hitting it too
thinly and on the other side he is
hitting it too thickly.
hitting it too thickly. As we have
seen that is dangerous against
somebody with the potting progress
of Shaun Murphy.
It is not good for
his confidence when that happens.
Shaun Murphy on that occasion did
not punish Ali Carter. Ali Carter
Clinton had this softly and still
screw the ball because he has got
good power. That was a decent
safety. Shaun can catch the
right-hand side of the pack as we
look if he decides to. Busy path
back down the table.
He can choose between the beds. One
to the left and the other to the
right. There is a gate. He has to
find it to get the cue ball back to
the middle of the table.
Can you get through to the black?
I think you can just see enough of
He is hanging in.
He would have settled for a fight
three and then hope that Shaun
struggles at the finish line.
struggles at the finish line.
is the first chance that Ali has got
first in, so to speak.
The problem is that now the black is
only available into the right corner
and the pink is out of commission.
He will have to screw back for the
blue or another, here.
He has overhead but the pink must've
gone to the left corner.
You can see
that it died. He has got himself
into a miss in this break.
There are a in is that he has stayed
That is quite a tough gap to play a
position on from about nine feet
that the cue ball has to travel.
He is attacking but that was a long
way out. I do not think that was the
right shot. He is trying to force
it, tried to keep the break going,
he did not have to.
Sometimes you have to
cut your losses. It is not great,
you are embarrassed you have messed
up your position.
You cannot gift opportunities at
this level and that is what Ali has
He has missed it!. Now the question
is, what has he left? At first
glance, not a lot.
Ali Carter might
be tempted by the brown by the
corner pocket if you cannot plot
anything up the top. The something
go there? Two ball plant. That is
I prefer your choice of shot,
the red near the middle.
fancy this planet but he must make
it. He did not overcome it enough.
Both players getting away with it at
the moment. We've is this red going?
He has left it.
The only thing that
is saving Ali Carter here is where
Shaun Murphy can put the cue ball.
To keep good position. That brown
does cut in.
He's missed the pot. If it hit it
firmer, he'd probably have potted it
but the cue ball would have been on
the black condition. All sorts of
things happening here.
anything for granted at this game.
Now a chance to get on the black. In
potting the black, remove the red to
the left of the black. That will
make the black available into both
corners. He's still got the one over
the far corner pocket.
the far corner pocket.
He's still got that read over
the far corner.
Who'd like to have
been on this red better than that.
couldn't agree more.
He can play one
red or to the other, as a last
resort. But really he should have
perhaps hit the black a bit harder
and got a bit more distance between
the red and the cue ball. He's got
Normal service has been resumed.
Overrun this a fraction as well.
Only a bit but enough to make that
pot missable. Not the ideal read to
be playing. He wants to keep that
over the pocket for a while but no
choice. Oh no, don't tell me.
brown so close to the
brown so close to the pocket, he
couldn't control the cue ball going
that way. Needs to stop.
that way. Needs to stop. A 40 point
He should be set up.
Anywhere in the circle will do or
anywhere towards the circle. He had
the line but not quite the length.
That effort and a half short in pace
made all the difference.
made all the difference. -- foot and
a half short in pace made all the
difference from being missable to
That was another poor shot from
Shaun. He's missed a couple of easy
pots and now that poor safety.
Sometimes that can give you hope.
Seeing a slight weakness in your
opponent. It won't last forever, but
it will make Ali think that Shaun's
not invincible by any means.
a definite frame when fish Shaun
Murphy when he missed the brown.
They were at his mercy, really. Now
he's going to have to work a lot
harder. How hard can Ali Carter make
him work? That helps.
That helps a lot, if you're going to
work one of those in.
All of the poor safety shots and Mr
brown are suddenly forgotten. --
missed brown. Still, not clear-cut.
Two balls and side cushions, or
The two reds that are close to the
pink, they are not a formality to
get on. Particularly if none of them
goes to the middle.
goes to the middle. Shaun just had a
look where he had like to be. He may
have to play for the red along the
top attrition which wouldn't be his
priority, unless he plays the pink
and just dislodges these reds.
That's the choice.
Certainly getting himself back in
this frame, but it's going to be a
tough clearance that's the certain.
It doesn't look like he's nicely
placed on the pink...
placed on the pink... Choosing the
red along the top cushion. That's
not great either.
If you're going to
play for this read you need a good
angle and I think the facial
expression says it all. That's no
good to anybody. Two straight, tough
pot, can't get good position. No
Might as well play a safety
That's the type of
shot where sometimes you're asking
for trouble. When you miss it, you
can do damage. I suppose he could
have missed it and the red escape
from the pocket... Why not just play
the safety shot of the red?
I'm a little bit surprised when Ali
potted that read that he didn't try
to dislodge the red on the left-hand
side. To clinch the frame at this
visit, he is going to need that red.
Maybe he thinks leaving it there, I
can just roll it down the cushion.
He may have chosen that if the blue
had been on the spot, perhaps, I
That could have been the
thing that put him off that choice.
I don't think he can cannon it out,
just roll behind it. That cue ball
needs to travel, the straighter the
better and this read. The red is all
that's needed to go 34 points in
front with 27 remaining. APPLAUSE
There will be no way back to the
table now from Shaun Murphy. Ali
Carter hanging on in there.
Shouldn't matter about the yellow
although it looks like it could go
in anyway! APPLAUSE
In the end Ali Carter took full
advantage. He still two behind but
he's still in a match. It's 5-3,
Shaun Murphy. STUDIO: At one stage
we honestly thought it might have
even been a whitewash, it might have
been another early finish. Fair play
to Ali Carter. We've had everything
in that frame.
He's hanging in there
but he's getting a bit of help.
Shaun, two or three shots, the brown
he's missed. He's potted an
unbelievable long red and Mr brown.
Later on, the situation with the
red, he's gone to straight on the
If you're just going to drop
this red in, he's tried to stun it
in. You aren't giving the red the
chance to get into the pocket.
There's no of potting that. He
doesn't have to put himself under
pressure to knock the red in.
Instead of gifting him an
opportunity. If he keeps giving
opportunities like that he's going
to lose frames.
Is just a lack of
bad choice of shot.
Can you get
there as well, when you see the
finish line, it's so close. In
practice, he knocks that in.
tough out there. We know that. We
are being paid to sit here and
dissect it. When you're out there
it's different. Murphy does have a
tendency sometimes when he can't
work out which way to do it, he ends
up playing a shop where you think,
why have you played that when it was
a simple one to play, nice little
safety shot. Unfortunately he didn't
Back we go.
Back we go. COMMENTATOR:
Every frame is now taking on a lot
more significance. You get the
feeling, as we got over the two hour
mark for this match, very
entertaining. A few surprising
misses, it all adds to the
excitement. Average frame time just
over 15 and a half minutes, that's
pretty good. Average shot time, that
is about normal for the two players.
Ali Carter with the first, a chance
of a long red, one to the left
corner, one to the right corner.
Make difficult because he's near the
baulk cushion. Big shot.
Big shot... He needs a bit of luck.
I think he's had it. I think he may
have had it. Or has he? He may be
able to get through...
It's a fascinating game, isn't it?
Let's extrapolate, let's say that
somehow Ali Carter manages to
salvage this match. That could be
the thing that kick-start his
season. It's down to perhaps the one
shot that Shaun decides to play that
he doesn't need to play. You give
your opponent a helping hand. When
someone is looking for a bit of
form, it helps sometimes to get a
match that you turn around.
all know when you're in the position
that Ali was, you can't really win a
match without a bit of help from the
opponent. It's fair to say at the
moment he is getting a bit of help
from Shaun. But then Ali could turn
around and say first frame you
needed a snooker.
needed a snooker. It's all ifs, buts
Another big pot from
Shaun Murphy coming up.
He'll be on green or brown.
Shaun Murphy, regardless of choices
of shot, is always going to be tough
to beat when he's knocking those in.
He gives himself a chance to win
frames in one visit.
Believe me, when you're playing
someone like Shaun Murphy you don't
expect him to miss any long pot. It
certainly puts pressure on the
safety. But, he's been in first a
few times in the last few frames and
not make the most of it. This is for
the match, this opportunity.
Couldn't help but not that read back
into the pack. -- that red. If he
could get nicely on the blue, it's a
chance to open the reds that way. He
has checked of the pink goes to the
right corner. Once again not a
clear-cut opportunity here. He could
go down for the green although
perhaps he can't get past the red.
Perhaps use the green to smash into
the pack. That would be a nice ball.
Perhaps he can't get there.
funny way that is the red he's
concerned about, that's the one that
Steve is referring to.
I think he
can probably play across the face of
the blue, for the blue in the left
middle. That looks like a natural
angle. Kept on the black. Wasn't a
The problem could be the
I think he can play to
this left-hand side cushion, then
he's got the red down the rail. It
took a bit of time to work that one
out. Obviously straighter on the red
than it looked from our commentary
box. No clues here as to what he's
going to be doing. He's going to try
and open the reds, keep the cue ball
under control those.
played it any better. That has
worked out absolutely perfect. The
chances there, can he take it?
I think both reds go into the right
middle. He didn't really want to be
straight on this black. He's given
himself a small problem perhaps.
He's made it a lot more difficult
now he's straight on the black. The
longer he thinks over this, the
worse the position is.
Well... He's got the red to the left
middle or far left corner but he was
looking for something easier than
this. Where is the cue ball gone?!
He's looking brittle, it has to be
It was looking like a
clear-cut opportunity until he just
played that red and left himself
straight on the black. Then the
problem obviously magnified the next
positional shot. Ali Carter's tale
will certainly be up. Can he get
this important red in? This is an
important shot for Ali Carter. Yes.
Tremendous shot. The pressure was
there, if I miss it it could be my
last shot in the tournament. Well
It's always nice to see the
underdog in a match, the person who
is behind responding. It makes for a
great match. Yesterday afternoon we
saw a pretty one-sided event going
on. Going to hope for a better split
than that, though.
I think if he had
his time over here... Hit have
played the same shot but maybe with
not as much pace. You can still cut
this thread to the left middle but
he is hampered by about three reds
Also I'm not sure he can
escape from the jaws of the yellow
pocket. A bit unfortunate there, I
think. He's got a thin red cut into
Is it one of those you
This is horrible.
going to try and hit it a bit
thinner than he needs to? Keep your
eye on the cue ball... APPLAUSE
If he could have got his hand on the
table I think he would have played a
Shaun overcut it slightly there.
Even though it hit the jaws, he
could escape from the jaws.
You've got to be careful with this
one. It's not an easy positional
shot to get right. He's played it
very well. OK, maybe hampered a bit
by the blue.
by the blue.
Yes, it's a big thing
this. If he can cue past the blue...
He's hampered slightly. This makes
this pot more difficult. Well
played. A little shake off the head,
he feels as though, and he knew
immediately that he's come to
straight on this black. The pot was
difficult enough. Was that a nice
nudge? Obviously not.
He's got a
shot. He was hoping for something
better. Once again, the problems of
getting straight on the black, it
limits the types of positional shots
you can play severely. You can't run
through. You can only screw back.
This is tough.
It's a must get red.
It's their... Good shot. Not much
luck with that kiss on the red but
he had to put all his attention to
the pot. That's when positional play
can go wrong. Ten points behind now.
Fighting to stay in this match. I do
believe, if he can win this frame, I
wouldn't like to name the winner.
Another terrific play from Ali
Carter. Showing all his battling
Well judged as well. That had to be
confidently played to know full well
how the cue ball was going to
collide with that red to keep on the
The pink will put in front.
Which equates to the fact that he'll
need these five remaining reds.
need these five remaining reds.
though it looks relatively easy into
the middle pocket for that red on
the side cushion, it's probably a
bit more difficult than it looks on
our screens. If he got in nicely
behind it, he could just drop it
into the middle pocket. It makes a
big difference is that red does go
into the middle easy.
I think he'll elect to play a cannon
on the pink here. It will open it up
a bit more. Makes it available now
to a couple more pockets. But as
Steve said, that will be the key
one. The one near the right centre.
As you can see from that side and
shot on the floor from our
cameraman, that red isn't as easy as
it looks from the overhead shot.
Ali must think when this pink is
re-spotted that the red is still
available. And he's right. Perfectly
on the red, just a stun for the pink
in the opposite corner.
had a look at the red yet. Perhaps
this is the first little look he's
had. I think he fancies it goes in
the middle quite nicely. At least I
think so! Once again from this
angle, it looks pretty achieved.
Can he nudge it out?
May be thinking that.
guaranteed to be an pink or blue is
he nudges it out of it. It's got to
be the right shot, the way he's
played it now.
He couldn't wish for
a better potting angle than this
He's landed on the
green. He shouldn't have missed that
He's not had a look at the
red to see if it's... Perhaps it is
a more difficult shot into the
middle pocket from there than I'm
thinking. We'll soon find out.
lucky to be on the green. The green
will put him 28 points in front but
he's still 35 remaining. The green
and this red... If he had picked
that up with his hand he could not
have placed it better than that!
What a judge of pace that was. This
red to go 29 points in front. With
just 27 remaining.
Well played. APPLAUSE
Both these players are fantastic
adverts of the game of snooker. They
play so marvellously. It's nice to
see a great close match.
Shaun has obviously had the best of
the chances but as yet he hasn't
killed off Ali Carter. What's in
store for us to the rest of this
match? As you say, John, no
predictions now, anything can
Shaun once again is in with a good
chance. He's had ample
opportunities. He'll have finished
his press conference by now. He's
not, he's still in the arena and Ali
Carter is picking up the pieces.
Shaun Murphy is vulnerable.
Shaun Murphy is vulnerable. STUDIO:
I think John Parrott said Shaun
Murphy was looking brittle in that
frame. But what a display from Ali
That's the best break of the
week for me. Under the
circumstances, 5-3 down, right under
the cosh, looking like going out of
a tournament, you can't make a
better break than that under the
circumstances. He had to battle with
it. The cue ball was lost a couple
of times. He pulled up great shots
to do it. Grit and determination in
that break was fantastic.
Lots of bottled. Great opening red.
Knocked out a blueprint he ran out
He showed lots of bottled, grit and
determination. When you're 5-4, one
down, two to play, you are in range.
That is so much more pressure now
that reverts onto Shaun Murphy. He
will have to pool out the stops.
When you're 4-0 down, you could see
the body language of Ali, taking a
deep breath. Suddenly you look at
the scoreboard and it is 5-4.
a position where you have to reel
yourself then because you can become
semi-excited because you have a
chance and the match when you felt
you did not have one. You have be
From Shaun's point of view,
he is having chances and is missing,
which makes them more energy. He is
still knocking in some great long
balls. Every now and again he frozen
an easy miss. Or a silly safety shot
and is giving chances to Ali Carter.
He has to be sharp in the stream.
The other thing going through his
mind is that Ali Carter has the
upper hand, he has beaten him nine
times. This would be a remarkable
JOHN VIRGO: That is a fair point
Jason. That will not be remiss in
Shaun Murphy's mind.
Shaun Murphy's mind. What a start.
That is what we see this game is all
about, fractions. If he just misses
the black he would have been on it
perfectly. Let us take a look at
He was just a fraction out. The
extending spider, we do not see this
used very often. He has got lots to
bridge over. He'll be trying to get
the cue ball back to the end.
You can forgive him for hitting the
blue but it is safe enough.
spider looks massive. It is very
It does. I felt the extended long
ways, not hate. It must be a new
I was talking to Paul
Collier about the rest hence kabaddi
habits change the -- they haven't
changed the design of that. It used
to be evil ex Andy Hurry
The players were not consulted about
it. The referees were upset as well.
They have taken the plastic ends. It
is nice to have
is nice to have a low X and a high X
when you're choosing to play low or
high on the ball.
He played that positively to keep on
We'll Shaun be tempted into the
green pocket with the red? The glue
is begging to be potted. He would
only leave the red on if he missed
Every shot now has a consequence.
Ali has the option to ask Shaun to
play again. Shaun can put the cue
ball anywhere in the D.
Would you have asked your opponent
to play the shot?
I am not certain
myself. It might end up with no
value either way. It Shaun was to
play a poor safety, Ali would get
He nearly did play a
poor safety but the black is came to
Is there a gap for the red into the
left corner? Perhaps not. If there
is it is effectively a shot to
nothing. I don't think there is.
You can see a difference in the body
language no one Shaun. He started to
think more and more about every
You can see problems with the latest
sometimes when you do that.
are understandably jeering the early
underdog in this match.
It is nice to see a comeback. I
think the audience at appreciative
of both players in this match.
of both players in this match. It is
a bonus situation whoever gets into
the next round for snooker.
Pretty good. There is an escape
route down the right-hand side of
the table as we look. He could rule
the pink and catch it thinly. If you
catch it to thicken you could rattle
that in the jaws. Rattling it in the
jaws would be the worst scenario.
You have to catch this just right.
And the dead. This is as good a
safety shot as he has played in the
last few frames. You could see Ali
Carter appreciated it with a few
taps on the table.
He has to put left-hand side is.
Trying to play safe down the
It is very risky. It
is a tough safety shot. He might
have to fractionally swerve past the
yellow to get the correct angle on
the red to get down to the baulk.
This is a big shot to take on.
You could risk swerving fractionally
to catch the safety shot right. As
he spotted a containing shot?
He will settle for that. Shaun has
got a chance of a red. It is the
best that Ali Carter can hope
four-point Putting it on the side
cushion, it is permissible.
He hits the ball well off the
cushion, Shaun Murphy.
He meant that
looked easier than it was. Excellent
pot. The chance created from an
excellent safety. He is getting his
chance but he has had if few before
now. And not made the most of them.
It would be nice to get the black
back on the spot here.
back on the spot here. I think he
did perhaps play to get on the black
and he has overhit it. He certainly
did not play to be on the wrong side
of the blue. It is a position
mistake. And one that could end up
in a trap. Can he get back on the
red? Can he guarantee a red? He has
got lots of mileage to do with the
In the end he decided to trust his
luck. There was an air of
desperation about that. There were
stopping controlled about that shot.
-- there was nothing controlled.
Some people red him as the best best
player in the game.
He hit that so well. Should he wish
to, he could play a very aggressive
shot here, going to the bank. --
pink. He doesn't have to, he has got
loose reds. He is tempted to go into
the pink and spread the reds far and
wide. It is impossible frame-winner.
It is not necessarily the right
thing to do. There are other
options. It is tempting. I think he
would get a good split as well.
Powered at into the pink with
Everybody is having a laugh as back
to decide what to play. Ali Carter
was hoping that he can get back to
He is trying to play more
accurate positional player than
An excellent shot. He did open the
pack up. He will be happy with that.
He is a dangerous manner using the
rest. He is 100% with that in this
match. Nine out of nine.
of eight. This is a fantastic chance
again for Shaun Murphy. He had an
issue with the positional play but
he is now back on track. This is a
superb chance to wrap up the match.
Looking at the position of the table
and the black available to both,
pockets. He needs another 41 points
from this position and it is hard to
see where he will go wrong.
During these moments of matches,
things are not as black and white as
He came off that cushion a fraction
harder than he wanted. He can just
about Holder for the red.
UMPIRE: Please give me a moment,
Very close to getting over the line,
Shaun Murphy. A couple of good
positional shots away from doing it.
A nice angle on the blue would be
Pool the cue ball back for a choice
of beds or trundle through for the
red into the opposite corner.
red into the opposite corner. I am
pretty sure the red goes into the
It looks to be so.
There are no great difficulties. 44
points is the deed. -- is the lead.
That is not good. I think he can
just about forced the angle of this
blue. He is straighter than he did
be. He just got there.
It'll be nice if you does not have
to shift reds here.
It looks like Shaun Murphy, after
having a couple of bites at the
cherry, is over the line here.
one colour needed and Ali Carter's
comeback looks to be normal. Great
He has came out second best in this
match but he should take a lot out
of it. 4-0 down and battled away.
Produce some tremendous breaks at
vital times. As far as Shaun Murphy
is concerned, when he went into that
early session 4-0 in front, it was a
tough work-out than he expected.
That is not the best positional
shot, it should not matter. I don't
think Ali Carter will carry on and
he is not.
he is not. Ali Carter battled back
hard. Shaun Murphy made a few
mistakes. The tough work-out night
stand and instead for the rest of
the tournament. He win 6-4 and he is
through to the quarterfinal.
He is cool enough to pose for some
photographs. He has shipped up a
clash with Judd Trump. That is live
on BBC Two Friday. We eulogised
about Ali Carter and has the back.
JOHN PARROTT: That was a superb
break. He plays shots that other
people do not play. He played a shot
with the rest of the black bonnet.
It was absolutely fantastic. He
plays at this so positively. He
smacks of them, splits up the pack.
That set up the frame. It was a
safety shot that he had, he had him
in a trap and it was really
difficult to get out of. Shaun
Murphy played a great safety shot
and Ali had no way out. He tried to
play a containing safety shot and
potted a lovely red.
That set up the
frame. Here he is, he is coming into
the studio. We have achieved very
few about one hour ago. I saw. That
is the trouble, you can see.
is the trouble, you can see. For the
viewers and the crowd, another
fantastic afternoon of snooker. We
honestly thought he would get that
over and done with very early on
I think we have run out of
superlatives for Ronnie but it is
what sets him apart at the moment,
he gets to the lane and runs over
it. Everyone else struggles with
that to a certain degree. I did not
feel like I was bottling it but I
had my chances to win at 5-2 and 5-3
and did not take them.
suddenly in range from 4-0 up to
It is the worst feeling that
any sportsman can feel. Worst still
let you know you have made mistakes.
Let us go through the match a bit by
bit if we can. Frame two, on the
break of 47, they were very
disappointed with that miss.
want to go on about it. I did not
adapt to the playing conditions at
all in the match. I missed every
single ball that was thin. I did not
get enough of it. I play every
single-shot with running inside. I
did not adapt to the table. That is
why I missed the shots that I did. I
missed one ball thick that I
overestimated the amount of cue ball
deflection. That is another thing
that Ronnie does better than
everyone, he adapts there and then.
The boys appear were praising that
break of 119.
If you could make it
like a Dott to Dott puzzle when you
go from one shot to one shot. The
rest of the frames, you lose a cue
ball and becomes like a big garden
maze, you can not get out and find
the next shot.
Virtually you run out
and miss. What is in your head, are
you thinking you want to get it over
and done with digicam that Ali
Carter would fight back?
I am old
enough and experienced up that I can
win four on the bounce then he can.
It should not have been 4-0 at the
interval. He should've won one free
Middle East. 4-0 was flattering. In
a funny sense, I felt he played
better than me today.
have came at the winner.
That is how it felt. He should've
been closer after the first session.
He has won the second session.
the same time, you through but you
do not consider you have played as
good as you can play. That is a
result, isn't it?
I had a good break
when things were going well in the
last frame. If I could play every
shot with the rest I would be right.
It just that the reds perfectly.
It just that the reds perfectly.
code were laughing at me because the
referee took the rest away and then
I needed it. I did not want to miss.
When Ali wins those two claims after
the interval and it is for - two, we
were talking about the audience,
they were at shouting for him. When
you are aware of that? The fans were
cheering on Ali.
I was a weird of
that. I get good support as well.
There was lots of people shouting
for me. The code in London are
always more boisterous than anywhere
else that we play, they are very
respectful. I love all that. The
shouting between frames. When we
play our shots, they are very
respectful. Great crowd.
quarterfinal between you and Judd
Trump, what do you think?
got potting balls and smashing in
balls from everywhere written over
it. I would for a ticket for that
match. I know someone who has a few
What is the difference, how
are the tables playing?
has been there for five days and the
cloth is gone. It needs new cloth.
That is what I am seeing about
Ronnie, he adapts quickly, he
assesses how the table is playing
and he changes the way he plays the
ball. When the cloth is lead again,
whether that is what a night of the
semifinals, you will see the breaks
go through the roof.
go through the roof.
He yet more
inspiration that Ronnie has set the
barometer, you think you can play
In the last few months he
has started to play like if you make
a mistake then I will cleared up.
And when I play safe, you're on the
cushion. We are trying to get near
the baulk but he is on the cushion.
You're in trouble. I was in the UK
final and I had it all day. When he
gets in the pots all the balls. If
you design a snooker player then you
designer Ronnie. He was mesmerising
yesterday. Phenomenal. We're not
going to give up, the rest of us. We
will not go home and say he is far
too good. We have to try to keep up.
The rest of us are good as well.
Well done, Shaun. Thank you for
potting in for the chat. It us turn
our attention to this evening. John
Higgins digging on Anthony McGill.
He is making his debut at the
Anthony McGill was born in Glasgow
on the 5th of February.
He has been
a Scottish national champion at
under 14, 16, 19 and under 21
levels. In 2006 he was runner-up to
Anthony is a Celtic
fan and an avid music lover.
turned professional in 2000 ten.
won his first ranking tournament at
the Indian open in 2016. I should
know because it was against me.
has never been beyond the
quarterfinal of any ranking
tournament before India.
tournament before India.
first half of the season he has been
to the Mac quarterfinals and one
They are completely up to speed.
That is at 7pm tonight on the red
button. We have got the highlights
from the four at quarter past
midnight. Hope you can stay up for
that. Looking forward to that match
the night, John?
It should be
difficult. One of the finest match
players in John Higgins. And Anthony
McGill is young and up-and-coming.
He is playing again some day he
would have practised against.
Somebody who would've helped with
his game. I would expect John
Higgins to be the favourite. I would
have to bet on him if you give me a
free £10 bet. John will have more
There was a nice line in
the papers, they know each other
well, at some nonsense going on
between them in terms of what the
interviews are saying. Adam McGill
said he looks up to John Higgins.
Once taken out. He is a good player,
Anthony McGill. John Higgins has
bags of experience.
when he comes in here and talks
about his victory, he talks about
cannot get away from them,
especially after that performance
yesterday. I hope Marco Fu has had a
You can only play the ball
is in front of you, forget who you
Lead the way that the
balls present themselves. Thank you
very much for your company today. We
are back at 1pm with live coverage
tomorrow as the quarterfinals get
underway. Ronnie O'Sullivan taking
on Mark Allen.