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Good afternoon, welcome back to
Alexandra Palace. We have had four
splendid days of snooker at the 2018
Masters. We have had some big names
tumble out and we are up to 20
centuries already. Today, this
famous old venue will welcome back
one of its favourite sons and seven
other Masters hopefuls.
Might as well
wrapped up and go home now.
Allen, ladies and gentlemen.
an excellent shot.
The Wizard of
Wishaw, John Higgins.
He played that nicely.
What a shot. He is the
Magician Shaun Murphy.
have played it any better.
have played it any better.
Go on, go
He has been twice world
champion, Mark Williams.
champion, Mark Williams.
That is a
Mark Williams special.
of the draw for the quarterfinals.
Seven times Masters winner Ronnie
O'Sullivan plays Mark Allen, live
this afternoon. John Higgins has two
Masters titles to his name and takes
on Ryan Day from Wales. Judd Trump
will play the 2015 Masters when
Shaun Murphy. And in his second
appearance at the Ally Pally, Kyren
Wilson taking on Mark Williams.
Wilson taking on Mark Williams.
an amazing venue this is at the Ally
Pally. 2000 people packed in for
Ronnie O'Sullivan versus Mark Allen.
This venue, especially the Masters,
has had an awe-inspiring fuming. The
table is far away from the front
It is an amazing venue, 2000
people. Closes in on you and is
intense. Some players struggle. It
separates the best from the rest.
That is why players over the years
who have won the Masters have been
at the very top.
came in the studio and said he does
not care if he wins or loses, what
That was as words, I
don't kada if I win or lose, just
here for a good time. Is that Ford
Field? We have 15 other players not
like that, trying your heart out.
May and June. I would be there until
three o'clock in the morning, if I
did not sleep, I don't not care.
When you did start losing, Q3 your
teddies out the pram and retired.
LAUGHTER from that perspective,
Ronnie O'Sullivan is tough to play.
They are trying to win and he is
having a day out.
The player would
the unenviable task of playing
against Ronnie O'Sullivan is Mark
Allen. Let us hear how he feels.
Allen. Let us hear how he feels.
others is what lies beyond.
just a win-win situation. They
probably want it harder than me. I
would imagine. If I perform well, I
and I do it any style and manner
that is different than how everyone
Ronnie as Ronnie and
keeps himself to himself. He now and
again has a chat with you. He is a
great guy and not what people would
expect if you follow him on Twitter.
A lot of people could see the same
thing about me.
I have never been
one for being overconfident. It is
the other way. I would be
overconfident, thinking, this is my
day. No chance.
day. No chance. You have to bring
every quality to match table.
game is in better shape this time
that it was last year. On any given
day you can play great or bad. That
is something I need to work,
something I am trying hard to work
on. When the game is in good shape
you have to make the most of it.
Myself and Mark will try to put on a
good show for the fans and for
people who love to watch snooker.
We're expecting a good show this
afternoon. It is Ronnie O'Sullivan
who leads the head-to-head by four
victories against two. Mark Allen
has beaten Ronnie O'Sullivan in the
World Championship in 2009 in 90 two
and in the Masters in 2011 in the
first round. He has got a good track
record against Ronnie O'Sullivan in
very big tournament is. Good
afternoon to Ken Doherty. Many
newspapers today are seeing this is
tough for Ronnie O'Sullivan.
so. The state of mind up Mark Allen,
he will be up for this. He is not
one of those players who will be
worried about the pressure obscured
about Roddy. If anybody can do it,
Mark Allen can put it on for Ronnie.
When the chat before a Ronnie
O'Sullivan match, it is like a
foregone conclusion to the greatest
respect for the abhorrent. What is
different for Mark Allen?
It is not
a foregone conclusion, so many great
players left. Mark Allen as one of
them. He likes the big time and has
beaten him in the World Championship
and explain the Masters.
He is a
dark horse. What about the
atmosphere here? We know the that
Ronnie gets the crowd.
up for this. It is like his front
room. It is his home. It is very
difficult for him to be beaten. He
is playing majestic snooker and it's
great to see him playing so well.
It'll be tough because you are
playing against the crowd as well.
That is why we play the game.
Against the back the back of your
We all looking forward to it. Let us
join Rob Walker.
What an afternoon of live sport we
have now. The most successful player
in the tournament's yesterday
against a man 11 years younger who
thrives on the big occasion.
thrives on the big occasion. The
Dafabet Masters is ready for this
and what should be an epic
confrontation. Please welcome one of
the most exciting break-builders in
the modern game. Three times event
banking champion and runner-up in
this seasons International
Championship. A man who is never
intimidated by opponent or location,
the pride of Northern Ireland, the
Pistol Mark Allen.
And his opponent, a player who has
been entertaining stucco crowds at
this event for 24 years. After a 6-0
demolition of Marco Fu, he is
bidding for his incredible 14th
Masters semifinal. Here is your
defending champion. The Rocket
The cameras around, all tried to get
a snapshot of Ronnie O'Sullivan. He
looked to be in a class of the zone
when he demolished Marco Fu 6-0 but
this is a tougher test.
this is a tougher test. Good
afternoon to Dennis Taylor.
Great shot. Nicely on the black as
well. Lovely angle.
Has he got some lucky? It couldn't
be nicer. He has got this is red to
the left centre.
The problem with this short, the cue
ball is so close to the cushion he
cannot big down on it.
That was difficult. He was right on
the black. He went full bloodied
forehead. That was a very cute
He could hold for the black.
It is not bad enough for the red
left to the tank but he can play
Contemplating whether he will go
into the pack of beds.
Decided it was too risky to go into
the reds that time.
There are still if few reds
available, at least four that are
Not as straight on the blue as he
Those early pots have settled Ronnie
He was a little bit short with the
cue ball there.
I think he can still hold for the
black. Screw off the bed onto the
That was a lovely
shot, that cannon and must be red
into the right centre.
He has overscrew that slightly. He
wanted to be on the bank at the
see it, he just hit the red with his
It was difficult to see. He did
the same thing against Marco Fu. He
walked away from the table and
nobody had seen him touch the ball.
We are very proud of a game of
snooker that they do this. They can
call fouls on themselves. That was
not the best outcome for Mark Allen.
He might have to have to play for
the long bread. He might need an
He just touched the red a fraction.
That was a simple cannon from
plotting the black on the bed. It
has gone wrong. I don't think run
expected to get back to the table so
This was the shot, he wanted to hit
the red on the other side.
And you can afford to give Ronnie a
couple of chances.
They don't get
many chances against Ronnie
O'Sullivan, particularly in this
form. When you do, you really have
to take them. It was a good start
for Mark Allen and had a couple of
chances already in this frame. It
will be very disappointed. Part of
the game that he is very good at, as
the cannons are in the pink and
black. It is normally bread and
butter for him.
butter for him. He has gifted this
first frame. Ronnie O'Sullivan only
needs a few more pots to win this
Ronnie O'Sullivan is just checking
That was a tricky red along the
cushion. Ronnie would like to clear
the remaining balls but it does not
matter. That was an unintentional
kiss of the bank.
Not bad with the opposite hand.
Another great positional shot. That
shot with the left hand was
incredible. I can struggle to play
them right-handed never mind
left-handed. He is so good, so
Anthony McGill who lost a
John Higgins after that a great
comeback, he played a few shots with
his opposite hand and he looked
He only needed a couple of chances
but he took a second opportunity,
magnificent break of 75. Ronnie
O'Sullivan leads Mark Allen 1-0.
JASON MOHAMED: he is at it again.
Thank you for all of your texts that
have been coming in.
have been coming in. Use the hash
tag BBC snooker if you have any
questions for Shaun Murphy. Stephen
Hendry and Stephen Davis, good
The biggest test of any
snooker player, including Mark
Selby, the world number one, is
playing at Ronnie O'Sullivan in this
forum at this venue. He had to my
chances more than Marco Fu, Mark
Allen. He was given a gift when
Ronnie had a foul. One of the
strengths is his cannons. He is
cannon then they went to the left of
them. He has got it too thick. What
a chance to take the first frame.
is right, you have to take those
chances, you have to be on your best
You certainly do, you only get
stronger. That is at least mild
weakness. Apart from that we had
shot when he touched the ball for a
foul, he would've been off and
running anyway. Mark Allen had a
couple of chances that Marco Fu
never had in his first-round match.
From that perspective, when you are
given a chance and don't take it,
you're not any confident frame of
mind coming into the next frame.
When Ronnie O'Sullivan is cueing up,
his back arm seems to be more tucked
in than normal, something to keep an
He is ducking his back arm in a
little more, as Steve Davis said. He
is always try to keep on top of his
cue action and he knows it is so
Who is going to play the more
telling safety shot? You won't be
getting be quite close to the baulk
cushion. Brown and green are not a
Nice little click on the brown makes
this safety shot more difficult.
this safety shot more difficult. He
has played that very well in deed.
Great piece on the cue ball. That
was an excellent safety shot.
Not only close to the baulk cushion
but he has covered the pathway down
the left-hand side.
It looks as he will have to come off
two cushions and tried to glance off
the reds. He has to be precise this.
He has played this well. Terrific
Ronnie had to avoid the black and he
couldn't. At first glance it looks
like he might have got away with it
Nothing pots into the left-hand
corner pocket. There is one in the
middle of the pack. He has spotted
I know it is early in the match.
This chance is extremely important
for Mark Allen. Just to settle
himself down. We had a couple of
chances in the first frame and did
not take them.
It is not a good
chance just yet. The black is
available. But the pink and black
cab off the spots. It is not
straightforward just yet.
He has to be careful how he judges
Can he take advantage? He had a
golden opportunity in the opening
Mark Allen has a terrific
He want to be straight on this rates
we could hope for the black.
Looking at leaving the cue ball hang
on the black. He has to avoid those
upgrades below the black.
The referee their just asking
someone to settle down.
The referee for this match from
Nice angle on the black, the bottom
red in that bunch of four plots,
maybe even the one in the middle, so
doesn't have to do too much work
This all came from an excellent
escape from Mark Allen, to cushion
escape, put Ronnie in a lot of
He's one of the game's great
break-builders, Mark Allen. He's
made 40 centuries this season. This
was the escapee judged to
perfection. He made 36 last season,
he'll be concentrating on making
enough to win the frame here.
enough to win the frame here. But
it's going to be difficult to clear
up the way the reds are.
up the way the reds are.
certainly settle him down. A bit
edgy in the first frame but this is
exactly what he needed. It's never
easy coming out here in front of a
packed audience. What a wonderful
venue it is.
venue it is.
Just make sure the
black frame ball... Mark... Why did
you hit it that hard? He's 65 in
front, the black would have put in
72 in front and there's 67 on the
table. Why did he hit it that hard?
He thought he couldn't miss the pot,
but it just shows you.
It wasn't easy to pot that and get
on a colour. So Mark, now checking
the scoreboard, he must have known
before he played the black that he
only needed the black. So he needs
one red. I think he's just composing
himself here. The two reds over the
pocket is a tricky little safety
He could maybe put a colour
safe, green or brown. That's not
bad. Ronnie 65 behind needs five
reds. And possibly five blacks, four
black, pink, to win the frame. This
certainly helps Mark Allen's cause.
The problem about missing that
black, if you had a pot at the black
and one more red, Ronnie wouldn't
have gone back to the table. Now he
has to put himself through the
ringer a bit here. Just making him a
bit more edgy.
The red on the left
side of the table, he's thought
about doubling that cross into the
right corner pocket. If he tried
that he could kiss the red near the
left corner just the right of it.
That's why he's not that shot. --
not playing that shot. He's just
going to come off the top cushion
and land on this red, by the looks
of things. Now he is playing the
cross double and he's avoided that
red. That's a terrific shot. He
thought long and hard about it but
it was worth it in the end.
be in a bit of trouble here behind
the green and brown. If Ronnie gets
a snooker here... Almost, not quite.
Well, that's an amazing pot. He
knocks a long red in, superb cueing.
Ronnie concedes, so Mark Allen gets
off the mark.
Just been looking at Mark Allen and
there's a very contented look on his
face right now.
Yes, he's been known
for being a big occasion player and
raising his game to play the top
players like Ronnie but yes, he
looks calm. He took his chance well,
a little panic when Ronnie could
still win the frame but he's got a
frame on the birds in a crib or
daily and Ronnie has made more
mistakes than in his whole match
against Marco Fu.
The start of the
match can sometimes dictate the
pattern. Towards the end of the
match hopefully you've got up to
running speed. It would have been
tougher Ronnie to come out of the
starting blocks as well as he did
against Marco Fu. One thing at like
to see is that some stage in a
major, Mark start to absolutely
dominate one of the legendary
players of the game. I do think he's
dominate one of the legendary
players of the game. I do think he's
done that yet properly. When he can
do that, you'll see a different
player in deep.
Allen does have a
very good record against Ronnie
O'Sullivan in these events in the
World Championship and the Masters,
doesn't he? COMMENTATOR: He
certainly does and that will
certainly settle him down getting
the first frame on the board. Mark
Allen is a big-time player. Enough
to keep you scared of taking him on,
I think he'll relish it.
I had about ten minutes with Mark
Allen just chatting away to him just
before he came out and he was so
relaxed. Just chatting about his
family, as Ronnie tries to get a fly
there. We were just chatting about
his mum and dad. He's a great family
man, is Mark.
We may be looking at a possible
4-ball plant in this corner pocket.
He's left Ronnie a possible red here
Got it. APPLAUSE
He's lost the cue ball slightly.
It's a test of cueing.
No... AUDIENCE GASPS. It wasn't
Just a couple of reds available at
It's just a bit awkward, it's not a
good chance just yet.
He could play a little cannon on the
reds, just play for the loose red if
There's one more loose red
available, the want just to the
right of the pink spot into the
bottom corner pocket.
Not straight enough on it, that's
why he's shaking his head. He wanted
to be straight on this red. Watch
the cue ball, could go into the left
middle here. No, he judged it
nicely. He's got a nice angle on the
Must need a nice angle on this blue
now. No more loose reds available,
and he is judged it to perfection.
Just one nice split here and the
frame will be at his mercy. Has he
got it, is this red and into the
bottom right-hand corner? He's
having a quick look. Body language
suggests it is. There you see it.
This time he has a quick look at the
scoreboard to see how many he needs.
He only needed one more red. I don't
think he played to cannon that, I
think he played to slip past the
reds and believe the want of a right
which would have been an easy pot to
secure the frame. Didn't intend to
cannon that one.
I think he's been
lucky here. I think he's knocked the
plant on. A bit of distance between
the two reds.
He got away with that one. Very
The next shot will open the reds up.
It's OK... In fact he's really got
into that. He's gone further up the
table but that will do very nicely.
And he's throwing down the gauntlet
for Ronnie O'Sullivan, who just
missed that red when he was tight on
65 break in the previous frame. This
was the one that Ronnie missed.
He's had 20 centuries this year --
we've had 20 centuries this year in
the Masters. He's made 357 centuries
in his career, Mark Allen. One of
the great break-builders of the
And that's another one. Superb
performance from Mark Allen here.
That's certainly going to make this
quarterfinal very, very interesting
He knew the black was in... Oh no,
it's not in. He's had breaks of 65
and that magnificent 115 and Mark
Allen now leads Ronnie O'Sullivan
2-1. STUDIO: 41 centuries for Mark
Allen this season.
We've been saying it all week that
we are going to break the record.
Just magnificent snooker we are
seeing at this Masters.
like the standard this week has been
superb. Certainly from a
break-building 's perspective. Some
of the top break-builders in the
game are still in the event so I
think that augurs well for breaking
the record. Mark Allen is one of
those. It's great to watch him break
built. Easy canonical with the
distance the cue ball moves, keeps
it on a short leash. Short, sharp
cue action so there's not a lot that
can go wrong. Ronnie is very smooth
and sometimes goes through the ball
quickly. Mark Allen is slower.
settled down really quickly.
looks really calm. He said he was
looking forward to it. Obviously how
well Ronnie played in the first
match, we are saying is that his
tournament to lose but we forget
that other great, great players and
Mark Allen is one.
That was the
point Ken was making before the
match started, you can't
underestimate Mark Allen when he's
Ronnie parted a great
long red, maybe a bit unlucky to be
long red, maybe a bit unlucky to be
tight in the cushion. Mark Allen has
got to punish Ronnie for his
Allen leads, back to
Dennis and Ken. COMMENTATOR:
Important frame for both players
now, last one before the mid-session
interval. Ronnie would like to tie
things up at 2-2. Mark Allen will
want to press home his advantage.
Ronnie looks a bit more edgy than he
did in this first match, Dennis.
played so well against Marco Fu,
didn't give him a chance. He hasn't
found that form just yet, still a
long way to go of course. Best of
11. Very close. It's a touching ball
so Ronnie can just play away from
Hasn't blocked the path, Mark Allen
can get down off the left side of
the table there, as you can see.
That's not a bad flick on the
That might be touching again. No,
it's not. It's not as
straightforward to get back down the
Well, you're never quite sure what's
going to happen when you play off
the reds like that and it slipped
one over the corner pocket, but it's
all about the cue ball here.
all about the cue ball here. That
was the problem. He was never sure
what was going to happen to the
When we were chatting, he was
telling me about his son Robbie
whose only 13. He made 133 break in
a match. He lives in Antrim in
Northern Ireland. He was so proud of
his stepson Robbie, one to watch out
for, it has to be said making breaks
like that at 13 years of age.
That was an excellent safety shot
from Ronnie O'Sullivan.
from Ronnie O'Sullivan. Clipped but
read so fine and missed the red and
the blue on the way up, excellent
This looks pretty good. Not tight to
the baulk cushion but as you can
see, again blocked the path down the
left-hand side. Quite congested on
the right-hand side for Ronnie to
find the way back to baulk.
That's a beautiful shot. Excellent
Perfect length there.
He's hit it far too thin because
there is a red near the left corner
and Mark can pot that and get
himself onto the black. If this shot
works out, an early opportunity in
this fourth frame.
this fourth frame. Played it well.
Mid-session interval coming up after
this frame. What a result that would
be, if this man could go their 3-1
in front after losing the opening
Not only that long pot Dennis but
have a look at the little kiss that
knocks the red away from the black
spot as well. Watch this,
purposefully played. That would open
the black into both corner pockets.
Double whammy there, excellent shot.
If you'd like to get one of these
reds below the black out of the way.
He's got the angle to do that now.
Just a little bit short with the cue
ball. Still can just about hold it,
I'm sure. Just about...
I'm sure. Just about... He's looking
Yes, totally different
action to Ronnie O'Sullivan as Steve
Davis was saying in the studio. A
little sharp, doesn't bring the cue
back all that far. Very effective on
these very fast cloth. He's finished
a little awkward here.
I am sure lots of this practice here
at the Alexandra Palace were
thinking that Ronnie O'Sullivan
would carry on like he played
against Marco Fu. That was a
credible but snooker can change
Only one player can play at a table
so this is why this game is so
He did not mean to kiss into the
red, that is why he is shaking his
head. He cannot pot it down.
This is the last hope for Ronnie in
Tricky red for Mark Allen but if he
gets it he will win the frame.
The spectators may be surprised by
this but the players will not be, be
know what he is capable of.
They can relax down and see if you
can put in another century.
What a shame, no century break. It
is what he needed. He has played
magnificent stuff after losing the
opening frame to take the next
three. He leads 3-1 over Ronnie
JASON MOHAMED: many of you watching
were hoping to see Ronnie O'Sullivan
progress to the semifinals after
taking an afternoon of work, you
could be disappointed.
This is some
match. We go back to her Ronnie
played against Marco Fu and
everybody is expecting more of the
same. Every day is different. Ronnie
has made errors and Mark Allen has
He has made semifinals
before, Mark Allen.
Mark Allen has
one of the great attributes that all
of the best winners have, he is a
bleak out on the table and he has
got Ronnie O'Sullivan in a hole. It
is important for both players. Mark
Allen has a great chance and Ronnie
O'Sullivan has to dig deep. I am not
trying to give any answers but if
you are going out and your will to
win is not as strong as it should
be, if that is the case, when you
have to dig deep, there's nothing
left. That is it Ronnie O'Sullivan's
original statement about not giving
about winning or losing is totally
He said he was busy as well
and did not know if it was Bible or
the amount of training he was doing.
There was a shot on camera when he
was yawning and ruffling his head.
Did he looked tired?
He always looks
the same at the table, he does not
show many expressions. He has been
put under pressure and has two and
the questions. Is the interval after
battling for Mark Allen, he was
getting into a rhythm. He has got 20
minutes now. He cannot think too
much about it. He just has to stay
focused and just when the next
frame. It is time to hear from Mark
He has never reached the
final at the Masters, is this his
I always look forward to
speaking to you. You are someone who
is so honest. There was no better
example of that than how you got
involved having a laugh with Dennis
coming down the stairs after being
introduced as Mark Williams.
the Pistol, Mark Williams.
What is your second name again? Mark
Allen, ladies and gentlemen. I would
not fancy doing his job but it was
funny. I told him he was being
sacked in the morning.
sacked in the morning.
You are not
offended. It did not interrupt your
momentum in the match. You are
someone, I think who reacts quite
well on the big occasions and the
It is something about
my personality. I try to have fun
when I out there. In the build-up
during the match, I try to enjoy
myself. Nobody is forcing me to do
what I am doing for a living so you
have to try to enjoy it.
13-mac ranking titles, two of which
in China. Would you have expected
more silverware by now bearing in
mind how long you have been around
in the top 16?
I hope it doesn't
sound like an arrogant thing but I
did expect more. I came in on the
back of a good amateur record. I
have won nine times on tour. It is
not enough for me. I will be the
first to admit there was a few years
I did not work hard enough and got
what I deserved on the table with
results. In general, I have worked
very hard in my career apart from
that year when I was struggling. It
is a tough sport. You can only be
one winner of any event. The likes
of Ronnie, Henry, John Higgins, they
make winning that easy but it is
not. The strength in depth is as
good as it ever has been. It is nice
to push on and win more. Especially
Triple crown events.
element about you that I like, is
your honesty about yourself. We have
been public about struggling with
depression. I can remember a
brilliant moment when you displayed
so much emotion, I wonder what you
can recollect. It was the World
Championship, possibly 2011. They
came from 9-6 down against Matthew
and you needed to win that match to
stay in the 16. He said you had been
struggling with depression and your
reaction in the end was amazing. Can
you recall that with as much clarity
as I can?
I do remember it, it was
9-7 and that match. I felt very low.
I did not want to be there, I was
not enjoying it. Something clicked
in May, fighting spirit. I came back
to win the match 10-9.
to win the match 10-9. It was a dark
time. Getting through the match was
a big plus for me, on and off the
table. Kept me in the top 16. I
moved on from there. It was not a
nice place to be in that match, 9-7
It is nice to see you happy
with the content home life. You seem
to have reached a level of
contentment, perhaps a few years
ago, you did not have that.
relationships are the big thing,
family, friends or partners. Over
the years that is something that I
have spoken to when I received the
psychologist. Kyla has been a
godsend, she is a lunatic at times
which is great. Usually she is
level-headed in case my feet on the
ground. We have a daughter now and a
stepson that a lot of us.
outside of the circuit maybe
underestimate the difficulties of
being away from home for such a long
time? An outsider might perceive
your life is being glamorous and I
am sure you are grateful for the
living that you have for yourself
and your family but it is not as
glamorous as people think.
things first, I am very grateful for
what snooker has given me. People
would never understand what they go
through. Being away from home so
much. People say tiny- five and see
if you like that. You still get want
to see your family every day. --
9-5. I am living at my suitcase,
staring at the four walls in a hotel
room, room service on your own every
night. The actual competing side,
playing in front of big arenas, live
on TV. That is great for us.
purest sense, you still love the
sport, better still be sport you
were inspired to take part in when
you first watched Paul Hunter play
Stephen Newell all years ago.
Stephen Newell all years ago.
strange. I have played for so long
now. You think it would start to go
away. It still kills me when I lose
a match, it is the end of the world
for the next couple of hours or
days. The highs of winning do not
match the lows of losing for some
strange reason. We do not enjoy our
victories as much as we should. I
really love the game, I have been
practising as hard as ever in recent
years. It is giving me a new lease
of life. I tried to pass things on.
It is great funny watching him grow
and seeing how much he loves the
It is always a delight to see
you amongst the balls, thank you for
your honesty once again.
JASON MOHAMED: another great
interview. Fair play to Mark Allen
for answering those questions
directly. I was sat in the same
position asking Mark Allen the same
questions effectively about his
ambitions, but the fact he has never
won the Masters and maybe it is down
to practice or maybe he needs a good
draw and some luck?
It is tough to
win tournament is these days.
Everyone says that. What I love
about Mark Allen, always understands
us. It is refreshing in any sport.
Interesting what he said about the
sensation of losing, far more
intense than the sensation of
winning. Winning is great but it is
an anti-climax at the end of the
tournament. When you are beaten, you
suffer so badly.
As he matured in a
way? You remember when heated up his
mouth when he went into a press
conference because he was afraid of
upsetting someone in Bernd
Wiesberger. He's not doing that any
more, is it a sign of somebody more
-- in the World Snooker. It
is what makes him what he is.
is what makes him what he is. They
use my last name. Everybody does
Let us talk to Steve Davis. He
has got a special guest.
I am with
the Magician Shaun Murphy. He has
kindly decided to answer some
questions from twitter. Your
first-round match against Ali Carter
yesterday, you had a scare but you
got over the line.
I was very
pleased. He is a player that I tend
to struggle against. He is a class
player, good in all departments. He
usually has the beating of me.
honour roll this season. Some
questions from our fans. What advice
would you give to young people
wanting to advance their game? Let
us assume they are not a complete
beginner, you have a parent with a
child who has some ability, what is
The advice applies to
whatever level you are at, practice
and practice. It is about practising
specific things and learning to
improve in important areas. This
policy the most important ball-on
the table and if you can learn good
control of this ball as soon as
possible in your career you can make
the game easier for yourself.
practice of playing against somebody
in a tournament environment?
was telling a young person what to
do, play as much as you can, get in
the club you are lucky enough to
have a table to get access to. Get
on the table. Enter every
tournament. Learn the nuances of
Robert Francis, how
much do you watch other player's
matches when you're in a tournament?
World Championships with lots of
days off? I watched every match. We
were out for dinner last night and
be happy the phone propped up on the
table. Sad. It is not a cliche. I
genuinely enjoy watching it. If I am
not playing I am watching.
playing Judd Trump tomorrow, they
watched his match?
No. I have
watched and offer them over the
years to know what I will get. He
will go for his shots and get most
Lee James, what is the best
practice routine, the best practice
for using the rest?
You get lots of players these days,
they enjoy playing left-handed
rather than using the rest. I think
they are scared of the rest. There
are layers talking about the rest.
Instead of a routine, it is
important to get the key basics
right, the distance of the rest
headed to the cue ball. You do not
want to be too close. They don't
have room to operate. If you are too
far away there's too much sideways
movement of cue. You have to keep
your elbow up high when you're on
the shot. You see players using it
like this. I keep my elbow nice and
high, at least parallel with the
table and try to keep the backswing
as short as possible.
I don't think
I have ever seen you miss the ball.
I did but I was only eight years old
at the time.
Peter Holland, there is
a new chalk out on the market, it
costs £15. Is the new chalk that a
lot of players are using making a
difference to how the cue ball is
reacting or is it an unproven
fashion without making a key
I don't know if these
things get tested in a laboratory. I
don't know what goes into it. From
my opinion, it definitely has made a
difference. This is less
transference of chalk from the tip
to the ball and lest dust on the
table. We can see who is using it.
The brothers picking up less chalk
as it moves around. Produces
I have seen some
occasional miscues, is the chalk not
sticking onto the tip as much?
definitely have to load up your tip
of more than you did with the
traditional brand. You have to be
careful. I have miscued a few times.
When you make the switch to the new
chalk you have to get rid of the old
Some of the players are
playing with layered tips, what is
I am traditional.
one? Are you aware of your dominant
eye and do you all learn to look
Our players aware that? I
think we just get down as how we
were taught. From the Joe Davis
years. I discovered working with
Steve Finney that might eye
dominance is just to the right of my
nose. I have had to alter my
position is likely to get my central
vision onto the line of my game. It
has had a dramatic effect.
has had a dramatic effect. I am
nailed on to miss every single one
of them tomorrow.
It is great for
you to come in to see all these
things. Especially with the rest
day. It is nice to know that you can
still have the confidence, this is
how you do it. Even if you missed
the next shot does not matter. Thank
you very much, Shaun Murphy. Luck
JASON MOHAMED: thank you to Shaun
Murphy, preparing for his match will
stop anything to add, Stephen
He speaks very well. He is
the best in the world with the rest.
He is the only person who plays the
same way with the rest as he does
when he is on the table.
concentrating on Ronnie O'Sullivan
against Mark Allen, the quarterfinal
match live here on BBC Two. This is
what you have missed so far. It was
a wonderful reception for Ronnie
O'Sullivan. Poor positional shot
from Mark Allen allowed Ronnie in.
Ronnie O'Sullivan going on to win
the first frame. Mark Allen
bounceback in the second with a
break of 65. Mark Allen is in the
mood this afternoon. He was able to
steal the third frame of the break
of 115. It is looking good for the
man from Northern Ireland, taking
the fourth frame, he leads 3-1.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has lots of work
to do. He has to get on the
As I said in the
interval, Ebright later taken some
intensity away from the focus and
concentration of Mark Allen. -- as I
Alexandra Palace is
noisy. Ronnie O'Sullivan to break.
DENNIS TAYLOR: It is a noisy Ally
Pally but when the player gets down
on the shot, perfect silence. They
are a terrific crowd.
Ronnie O'Sullivan supporters will be
concerned. Sometimes the interval
can change matches. It stops the
player on the run.
That was not the best safety shot,
he hated far too thin.
He might not have a good angle on
the strength that has run through
for the black. -- on this red.
could just manage it. It was about
the best that he could do.
Good job playing the black into the
Bring position now. Prime position.
Another surprising this from Ronnie.
That was easier than the one that he
missed a few frames ago. That was a
And if the next shot works out for
Mark Allen winning plays the cannon,
he can bring quite a few reds into
Just a delicate cannon was needed.
He has ran out of position. That
could be the end of the break. He
just played a delicate cannon. I
felt he had brought the mag reds
Edna. He's hit that slightly cooler.
He is left with this tricky one.
Long rest and the extension on the
Difficult to judge but safely in the
centre of the pocket this time. I
was going to say back in print
position but that point ball
continued to roll. He is still OK.
If this red pots into the right, it
will then release the red above it.
Didn't expect him to miss that.
It is amazing the number of times
that a player takes a plant on, he
forgets a little bit about the cue
That is one way of having a look.
You have to keep at least one tool
on the floor.
on the floor. One foot. This must be
very tight because he cannot see. It
is very unusual to see a player
looking at the shot from that angle.
This is very risky.
That wasn't easy. At this red will
go into the right corner pocket. The
black is over the pocket and he can
play for the blue. Another good
chance for Mark Allen.
That was an unintentional cannon
onto the lead. He still has a couple
of available to him. He should be
able to recover the situation.
Just a nice angle on the blue. Can
get on the two reds bloated pink.
But Ms black earlier in the frame...
It was a missed opportunity. Did not
expect to come back to the table so
soon. Looks like he will go into a
4-1 frames lead. Just a couple red
Ronnie is going to have to win five
of the next six frames.
Well, it wobbled a couple of times
but safely in the pocket and that's
another frame for Mark Allen.
Worrying times for the Rocket.
He's won three ranking titles, Mark
Allen. He won the World Open twice
in China, 2012 and 2013. He loved
the Masters and the UK or the
worlds. He's got the game to do
Well, he lost the opening frame but
since then he's had breaks of 65,
115, 85 and that magnificent 81.
Mark Allen now leads Ronnie
Mark Allen now leads Ronnie
O'Sullivan 4-1. STUDIO: If you
stopped anyone in the street today
and said its Ronnie O'Sullivan
against Mark Allen and if we have an
early finish is going to be the
victor, the majority of people would
say Ronnie O'Sullivan, but it
If someone keeps
pumping one visit wins, it puts you
under pressure and Ronnie is under
He's walking around
the table enjoying every minute.
Ronnie is and, obviously. It's
difficult to look confident from
your chair and have a spring in your
step when you haven't got going.
Ronnie likes to pot balls and
contain the crowd, it's not
I'm not sure who's
as bonds above the front cover but
there's Mark gone. John Higgins,
still in, just about. Ronnie
O'Sullivan gone. I'm not into omens
I'm just thinking how interesting
that we could lose another big game.
At the top 16 players in the world
so theoretically they should all be
able to win. They aren't, there's
only a few that can win. When you're
under pressure you're under
pressure. Ronnie said he doesn't
care if he wins or loses, this is a
There's been lots of
yawning from O'Sullivan.
sitting in your chair you can start
yawning but if you're walking around
He was yawning during
I wouldn't be surprised
if he's a bit under the weather. He
looks a bit tired. Let's not make
excuses. He does seem like he's a
bit struggling to get his eyes right
and look. And that receivables Rob
Steve Davis being brutally
COMMENTATOR: I totally agree, Ronnie
O'Sullivan does look a bit tired.
The dizziness from the other day has
rolled over to today as well. He
certainly not playing the way he
played the other day. Here's another
He's first with the tricky pot, if
the yellow passes the red he'll take
it on, just roll it in. That looks
pretty good to me.
First chance in this frame falling
to the man from County Antrim.
to the man from County Antrim. He
really has played some exceptional
snooker here, winning those four
frames with one visit.
Spotted something on the white
there. Had a little ant on the cue
ball, never seen that before.
Steve Davis or stroking to Shaun
Murphy about tips and queues, if you
look at Mark Allen's tip, he's using
this new chalk.
Got a bit to do with the cue ball
now, but there's plenty of loose red
is available. He's timing the ball
very nicely, isn't he?
is. It's a good position. He's got
into a nice groove.
Could have gone wrong here. Didn't
have the ideal angle on that black.
That could be end of break. A
reprieve from Ronnie O'Sullivan. --
for Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Hill be disappointed.
Good pace of the cue ball there. Is
he having a go at this? He certainly
is. Great shot. APPLAUSE
He played it as a shot to nothing,
but it was a terrific pot.
but it was a terrific pot. You'd
have to say it's a must win frame
for Ronnie O'Sullivan, 5-1 behind.
That would be a real mountain to
Good hit on the red. He hasn't left
the one to the right centre, but...
He's certainly left two here to the
bottom left-hand corner pocket. OK,
he's using the rest. Under normal
circumstances you'd expect him to
pot this but this is not normal.
He's made a good job of it, right
into the heart of the pocket.
He needs to come back just another
inch or two to be perfect. He's not
that many pots away from securing
the frame. A slight change of plan
Just looking for one more red, is he
going to drop on it? Quite a sense
of humour. One person clapped and
Mark said cheers. Just this red
needed to make it five frames in a
row. It's there, right in the centre
of the pocket.
At the moment everything is going
right in the centre of the pocket,
not touching the sides.
not touching the sides. And Ronnie
signals to the referee he concedes
the frame. Mark Allen is unstoppable
at the moment. That's five frames in
a row and he leads the defending
STUDIO: He's cueing
beautifully, Mike -- Mark Allen.
Ronnie played a very good safety
shot. He's picked up this red and he
knew he could find a gap. He was
playing it as a shock to nothing,
but then he rolled tight up behind
the green, it's hard to beat that
sort of play, isn't it?
is. Everything he's licked that he's
potted, Mark Allen. Since that
fourth frame, look at the break...
-- everything he has looked at he's
potted. Some good pressure pots.
He's looking very relaxed indeed.
regards Ronnie O'Sullivan, he's got
to think about his match against
Marco Fu when he made three
centuries in the first four frames.
He could do with a feud century
break here. Just to get himself
going. He hasn't had a chance to get
any rhythm, he's missed a few but he
He doesn't look himself
today, he really doesn't.
today, he really doesn't. Can't take
anything away from Mark Allen.
Ronnie O'Sullivan to break.
I think if there's anybody in the
game that could pull this back it
would certainly be Ronnie
O'Sullivan, no doubt about that. But
he's going to need a bit of help and
at the moment he's not getting any
help from his opponent. He's playing
good safety, good matchplay snooker
any chance he's getting.
That black going right over that
pocket has put that pocket out of
Now then... There is a long read on
for Ronnie. This good kick-start his
comeback -- long red on.
It looked for a moment there he was
going to knock the black in as well!
Beautiful pot. He would have been
anxious when he saw the white
heading towards the black. I mean,
he's got fabulous support here but
to be fair they've always been a
fair crowd at Ally Pally and they
are appreciating Mark Allen but they
would love to see a comeback here.
Well, that's not what he played, he
didn't intend to cannon the reds.
It's the wrong side of the blue now.
He didn't intend to cannon and the
brown, and that makes things
snowball and gradually you run out
of position. This is a tough one
he's faced with now.
That's a terrific shot. APPLAUSE
AUDIENCE GASPS. He got a slight bit
of an unwanted side there. That can
happen when you're bridging over an
awkward ball like that.
Not a chance...
He's going to need a bit of help
from his opponent.
Could have worked out better. I
don't think he's on that red to the
right of the pink so he's going to
have to take this with the rest. I'm
not sure he can avoid the red...
Couldn't avoid it.
Look where the
red has gone that he's cannoned,
it's blocked the path for the black.
It's usually the case, when you're
playing well you get the run of the
ball. If you're struggling a bit
this is the sort of thing that can
Another awkward little one... He's
cued across it slightly.
Only one loose red, that's the one
just at the bottom of the pack
between pink and black.
between pink and black. This is what
he's got to try and get on. This
looks perfect, what a positional
shot that is. Fantastic. Couldn't
have played that much better.
Yes, his last visit at the table he
missed a straightforward black. He
lost a bit of focus there, Mark, he
was thinking about the cue ball and
missed a fairly comfortable black.
And maybe just... It's a frame that
will take the winning post and he
just underscrewed that one. Just a
tiny bit of tension there.
tiny bit of tension there. He's made
a couple of mistakes in this frame.
He hasn't made many more.
A very good shot there. APPLAUSE
He's good at that type of shot, Mark
If that holds up he's on the
brown... One good positional shot
here and he'll have a great chance.
He's not going to get an opportunity
-- he's not going to get a better
opportunity. Just having a look at
the scoreboard. The two reds that
are close to the ping, I think the
bottom one of the two, I think that
those pot -- close to the pink. They
are all there for the taking,
doesn't have to play any delicate
cannons or bring reds into play.
Another good recovery shot with the
rest there. Can he close this
quarterfinal match out here? Still
quite a bit of pressure on him.
Oh... Look what's happened here. He
decided maybe that red wouldn't go
and bought just nudge them and put
them and, and bought I'm bound to be
on the black. Look what happens
This looks good. He's played a good
Ronnie O'Sullivan tapped
the table so even though he's 5-1
down, he still appreciated that good
shot from Mark Allen.
shot from Mark Allen. This could be
a free ball. So he's got all sorts
of opportunities here. He can put
him back, take the brown as the
extra red, get himself and way,.
Yes, this could be frame ball coming
up, if this goes in. APPLAUSE
We've seen previously what can
happen when just a fraction of an
inch he ran out of position.
inch he ran out of position. He's
got himself five points in front and
they are sitting perfectly.
Can he hold himself together for a
few more pots for quite a famous
AUDIENCE GASPS. It's amazing. That
was just peer pressure. -- peer
was just peer pressure. -- peer --
pure pressure. Where is the red
going to finish? It's going to be
right over the middle pocket... That
last attempt from Ronnie didn't get
close to the pocket.
Even that one, that's just a bit of
adrenaline and pressure there are
overscrew that one.
I think he can
just hold it... No problem.
Ronnie O'Sullivan looks on, he
hasn't been at the races today.
I'm just thinking, a lot of people
will be surprised about this shock
result but there's one person who
went beta and that's the boy -- who
will not be surprised and that's the
boy knocking the ball is in. He has
great belief in his ability.
He has beaten him on a couple of
occasions. Ronnie looked like he was
out of stores. Great performance by
Mark Allen against the defending
champion with a string of breaks. In
the end, he has won the match
comfortably. Beating Ronnie
JASON MOHAMED: this is what it
means. The first defeat for Ronnie
O'Sullivan at the Masters since 2015
when he lost to Neil Robertson in
the semifinals. The last thing he
was beaten at this stage was in 2012
in the quarterfinals, losing 6-2 to
judge Trump. If Ronnie O'Sullivan
had beaten somebody 6-1 at the
stage, we would see it was
magnificent form. The story will be,
what happened to Ronnie O'Sullivan
but we have to give Mark Allen all
the credit in the world.
It is a
game when you try to dominate the
table and Mark Allen did that
successfully. He was magnificent
today. We don't know what happened
to Ronnie O'Sullivan but he was put
in his place by Mark Allen.
disappointed fans. He is the crowd
What is your reaction? He
was totally outplayed. Mark Allen
did what he had to do. The only way
that you can put pressure on people,
you can win frames scrap Labour to
does not put pressure on them. You
have to win it on one visit and that
is what he did, it puts pressure on
The game of snooker at the
top class level is margins. Ronnie
O'Sullivan is undoubtedly the best
player we have seen in the game but
he is not head and shoulders above
the top players in the game that he
cannot be beaten on the day and
outplayed. There was pressure on
Mark Allen. He knew he had the jump
on him. That is the pressure, can
keep it going? He did it very
successfully. At some stage,
dominating some players is the next
level for Mark Allen and he did
You did say that at the
beginning and here is the victorious
man. Great performance. You just
defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1.
is not the way I wanted to win, it
was twitchy at the end. Any win
against them is big, I am a realist.
I am very happy. I scored well at
4-1. And I fell over the line at the
You have to put pressure on
Ronnie with one visit.
I find I am
more aggressive against Ronnie
because you get fewer chances. You
have to impact of the game in some
way. He is the King at it.
merely have to be like that. You
have a great record against them in
big tournaments, you beat them at
the Masters and the World
Championships. I was talking to lots
of the fans and they were seeing
today they looking forward to seeing
Ronnie O'Sullivan. They had been
watching on television the way that
he despatched Marco Fu. Was it
important for you to get out to a
good start to quieten down the
I had chances in the first
frame but did not take them, two
cannons that I played. You can't
give Ronnie easy chances like that.
I scored easily after that. There
were some idiots in the crowd, I was
going down on joints and they were
shooting at. They were shouting from
Ronnie on my backswing, he was not
even at the table.
I used to get
that plane Jimmy White, people would
I was touch and go if I
was honoured and headed in the crowd
shouts, keep running. Shut your
2000 people watching. It was
not a reflection on body.
all you have got?
You recovered well
from losing position and the next
game and then started to dominate.
That is the next level for you. It
is a great chance at the Masters to
dominate the top players.
I am not
getting carried away, it is one
match, pleased to beat Ronnie but it
is one match. Two difficult ones
ahead of me. I am in the semifinals.
If you lost in the next round you
would still be disappointed.
to win the tournament regardless who
is in it. If I have to beat Ronnie
O'Sullivan along the way, so be it.
If I didn't get the trophy I will be
You look to be in
control of the cue ball.
I am glad
you said that.
you said that. I felt like I played
really well. It is a big match for
me, big match for anyone playing
Ronnie and I include Mark Selby in
It is the biggest test of a
player's belief in their own
I have said for sole mini
monster that I feel my game is in
good shape and that is the ultimate
test. -- for so many months.
you're suddenly 4-1 in front, you
are aware that a good turn over
Ronnie O'Sullivan and how much
interest that will have. We have to
cope with that.
I do not think that
much. I was just concentrating on
the next frame and 4-1. I felt I was
I said during the
interval that the chat that you had
with Rob Walker when you spoke
honestly about your career and a
virtual stripper life, I said to
Stephen Hendry, we were in the same
position, we talked many years ago
and we talked about your ambition to
win a major title, especially this
one. -- and you're very difficult
I have not won a tournament in
the early two years. I have not won
at least one of these big
tournament, I would be very
disappointed looking back.
can tell you is that we have got
some reaction from Ronnie
O'Sullivan's news conference. He has
gone to speak to the press.
gone to speak to the press.
disappointed this afternoon, how do
you sum it up?
He deserved his win.
I did not do much to make struggle.
Good luck to Mark.
Just enjoy the
rest of the tournament. Do you have
to give him credit to get over the
line against you?
You have to give
people credit. He has done a
fantastic performance, fantastic
game. He is in the semifinals so he
must be feeling amazing.
worked very hard on his game, is he
ready to win it?
I don't know, I
don't cue to be honest. It was a
tough match for me. From my
perspective, it is nice to be able
to be black Saturday. I can rest and
get ready for my next event.
are not the player who makes these
cases when you are ill but where are
you feeling the effects?
I do not
make excuses. I had to show up. If I
was a football player then I
probably would have missed this
game. Individual sports, you have to
get out and do it. If I had pulled
out then everyone would have been
shouting and screaming. Just turn up
and give it a go. I just had double
vision, it was bloody. I was
struggling against Mark. It wasn't
quite right. I am struggling, I
don't know if it is a virus or
whatever it is. I have had it
before. It is very difficult when
you are getting dizzy spells. I gave
it ago and was not good enough. That
I played some day that could not
pottable I might have done all
You feeling worse than you
I am feeling the same. I
do not make excuses. If I had one
and got through and then come back
on Saturday, it is not much fun when
you're out and not physically
feeling great. They don't feel you
can do yourself justice. I was all
about 60%. I had that Mark would
make of mistakes. I am glad it is
That is Ronnie talking to BBC
Radio five live. What is your
If you're not giving good
you're not feeling good. Everything
went and the other day and today was
the opposite. You cannot take it
away from Mark Allen. He did what
they had to do.
Interesting that he
said that he was a football player
he would have perhaps asked the
manager not to select them.
all played when we have been under
the weather. On some occasions when
you're not feeling great, you can
sometimes play through it and you
can win the match and you are OK.
When you lose, it is easy to feel
sorry for yourself. As the frames
slipped by, you start feeling worse
and worse. The adrenaline is not
pumping. At the end of it you are
very flat and he did look flat
Let us look to tonight, Mark
Williams who doctored Mark Selby on
the opening day in a cracking match
taking on Kyren Wilson, making only
his second appearance here at the
Masters. Let us find out more about
the young man from Kettering.
Kyren Wilson was born on the 23rd of
December 1991 in Kettering.
his first ranking title in the 2015
Shanghai Masters when he beat Judd
He has reached ranking finals
in each of the pass three seasons.
Kyren Wilson is being tipped as a
future world champion by someone who
On his 18th birthday he
took part in a skydive at 13,000
feet for charity.
He is a big
Chelsea fan and a visitor to
Stamford Bridge when he can find the
He won the gold medal at the
world games in 2017.
He made his
first tournament 147 in 2017 in
In September 2017, he
received a new member of his family.
His nickname is the warrior.
That is all you need to know about
Kyren Wilson. He has got a great
record against Mark Williams.
Beating him twice.
Tough match for
both players. It is always tough to
play a player who is on the up. Mark
Williams has is what for him.
grounds is in good form. Big match
for Kyren Wilson. Quarter-finals of
the Masters and playing one of the
all-time greats of the game.
be tough. We are asking the boys
about what they see in Kyren Wilson,
do you see a major title winner?
yet. He is capable of winning to
another spot to win 2-3 tournament
is a year and to always be in the
semifinals final, I do not see it
yet but he is talented.
look at experience when you see Mark
Williams playing the way that he is
It is fascinating. We have
three 42 golds in the quarterfinals.
Mark Williams is one of the most
experience. -- 42 Geralds. Kyren
Wilson is experienced for his age
and is a quick learner.
and is a quick learner. Mark
Don't know. That is why I
am here. You don't like giving your
viewpoint on who will win. I would
have said Ronnie today. He is
straight out of the box for
Williams. You can watch it live with
us tonight. We are on BBC Two. Steve
Davis will join me and 7pm. I am not
sure about Stephen Hendry. And then
highlights later tonight. Tomorrow
is Judd Trump versus Shaun Murphy.
Thank you for your company.