Day 7, Part 1 UK Snooker Championship


Day 7, Part 1

It is down to the last four in York and the first semi-final gets under way. Rishi Persad introduces live coverage of the match between Neil Robertson and Judd Trump.


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The into one table and that is going to be over longer distance,

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so I can just relax into the match. A remarkable talent, he really is.

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It is great to see that soap how that can't be in the game and not

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waste it. He enjoys himself but a lot of that has been over-hyped. He

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is a beleaguered professional at the tournaments. -- he is an really

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good. Be it is nice to be a bid it, but it brings some pressure. -- it

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is nice to be favourite. 1-1 at the moment, so, I think I will play

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better than I did in the worlds. I am going to be up against it. A

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monstrous opponent! I have always had quite tough games against Neil.

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He's an excellent player and a real battler. He's probably one of the

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best young potters in the game. I will have to build up a big lead,

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early. This, we will just have to see what happens. Here I am in the

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commentary box with two legends of the game, John Parrott, and Willie

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Thorne t. It is becoming an increasingly grey area, about who

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are the best players in the world. I think they have played their way

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into it. He showed brilliant character, he said he was not happy

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with his love will play, but yesterday, he was brilliant against

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Stephen Maguire. You have commentated on all the great

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players and again but these two are fascinating to commentate upon.

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When you dominated there was no, if you others who could be due, but

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now there are eight-10 players at any one time, going into a

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tournament. It is going to be a real putting match today. --

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potting. Which of these two players has their best B game? I would have

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to say Neil. I cannot see job, coming from behind, but he could

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win if he starts will quickly. you haven't got Europe a game today,

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-- your A game. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. What a match

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we haven't prospect here. It is semi panel time, and we have two of

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the best in the business, waiting to put on what should be quite a

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show. These will come a player who signals a new dawn in global

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snooker, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan and Stephen Maguire to make it to

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the last four. His fearless style as one fans around the world. He

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says he is creating his own brand of no the snooker this week, it is

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Another massive reception, a great occasion. How malty is this going

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to be? The naughtiest! -- how naughty. And his opponent. You

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right in the UK with barely a penny in his pocket, and has since

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conquered all before him. He has won six ranking event titles, never

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losing a major final. He has beaten Graham Thorpe and -- Graeme Dott

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and Ding Junhui. It is the thunder The two of you on top form this

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week. Presumably these are the reasons why you are playing again.

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Yes, the crowds have been great all week and it is another fantastic

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her mad, again, today. Ladies and gentlemen, Neil Robertson! --

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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. We have two of the best

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potters in the game, both of them left-handers. I wonder why that is,

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John? These two today, Old Quarter final performances were absolutely

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top-class. Thank you, ladies and I understand what you are saying,

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if you don't have you're A game, Look how close they are, not a

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percentage between them in terms of their tournament pot success.

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for their success in terms of Any advantage of the fact that Judd

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is playing his first match on this table? Well, we know that Robertson

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is a formidable competitor. He has been in six finals and he has one

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of them. That is not a bad record. It looks like an nothing see the

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shot, he will see the contract to pass between these two writs. --

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reds. We talk about looks, early on, and that some time we might be able

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to show those two looks, against Dominic Dale. He played that in a

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way that, OK, it was a bonus if he got it. It was a good choice of

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Already, he looks like he has got himself in a prime position. Hold

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on to your hats, hear! -- here. would have expected the bunch of

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grids to be moved there. He didn't quite get hold of the cue-ball. --

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bunch of reds. When he is in amongst the balls, he does not see

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any other shot, that under -- other than the pot. You do not get any

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points from safety plea. You get the occasional opening, but I know

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what you mean. Great at to go into, for on the black. -- great pack to

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go into from the black. It will be interesting to see whether he

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decides to call into them from the Well, looks pretty good, no reason

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why he shouldn't get the right angle to go into the park. -- pack.

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Amazingly enough, this is a better pack to go into, kitchen first. --

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cushion. He has finished absolutely straight on this. I was just about

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to see, he did not play that very well, this nice black. He could are

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run through and catch the jaws, and come route for the black, but they

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never seen to play at shot any more. That is all because of the shot

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report. To get on that big, it was pretty rough, by his standards. --

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He could have let himself an angle from this one. That was no good,

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but he has got yellow and blue, slightly out opposition, no.

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could see the left hand side of the pack, through the pink and green.

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Could decide to play off the It is a touching ball, so he can

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play away. He would possibly like to leave the pat on show for Neil

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Robertson, so that he opens them up. All was the best way, just to leave

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the snooker. It will be the same sort of shot for Neil Robertson,

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just drop into them. Because it was touching the red, he was hampered

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in trying to get at the Black. Exactly the same sort of shot,

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going into the side of them, instead of coned off two cushions.

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Foul and Amiss, Judd Trump, four. think he has played the right shot

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you. He could get in behind blue and yellow, if it is done enough,

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off the top cushion. I don't blame him for taking on that type of shot

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himself, John. Good quality match play rain here, from --frame here

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from Judd. Foul and Amiss, -- four, Judd Trump. He might be a little

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bit nervous at the moment, because it is the first rain, but that was

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along we short. -- the first frame, This is probably brand new club, it

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usually is, for semi-finals and finals. -- brand new cloth. This is

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the first time that Neil Robertson is going to get the upper hand on

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the safety. It is a path She -- say Taoiseach to play, right into the

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He didn't into a team that, at all, leaving the option of bringing a

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few out to Judd. Una has a short who play, where he is moving ribs.

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-- a shot to play where he's moving reds out. 51. Leaders fabulous,

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with the yellow and blue where it is. But he needs there tree or 40

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more points to come, very quickly. -- for a tea of 40. That is a

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brilliant shot. He went all out for the pot, knowing that if he missed

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it, he would lose the frame. Absolutely brilliant shot. Knowing

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full well you are going to leave the game open. There was some

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pressure on, there. It has worked in his favourite, leaving Judd to

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open the grids up. -- reds up. will get right back into the game,

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here. There is a snooker there, if he wants it, involving the deal. A

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couple of things that can happen later on. -- involving the yellow.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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It is at all possible, it would be better to play the middle of the

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three reds. He England and it, that we head close to be cue-ball is

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tricky for Neil Robertson. -- he, He has decided it is a bit who

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packed, so he's going for the one on the pink spot. That is a

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wonderful shot. There was a little bit of ball you, playing -- or

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He has certainly accomplished the main priority, which was to get

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himself back in this to him. -- frame. Well played, great shot!

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took the chance there, or playing He is trying to get into the

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position, to plea -- play the cannon. This is excellent so far.

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If this goes right. He has gone straight, that is very clear. --

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He's dead straight, he can play to get on to the yellow, and he has

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played that well, he has got an absolutely perfect angle now on the

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green. He could plead at the end -- the Brown as well. It is a bit

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tricky, this. It is a case of, where are you going to knock it

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That is amazing. I am sure he has snookered himself. The smile tells

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us he has. I said that he could snigger behind the blue, but I did

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not mean like that! -- snooker. the green, he could have had a lot

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more freedom with the cue-ball. That as well and reset, and he is

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No 17 in front. -- it is all in the past. Was not the best of safety

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shots. You have to say, a very poor safety shot. He needed to get that

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object ball say, and he has not done it. -- safe. What at rain this

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It does not look too bad, just to roll through by about at that. -- a

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foot. I think that blue is a lot harder than it looks on the TV

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screen, to be honest. Signs of What an excellent first Korean. --

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This is tricky. The one thing you do not want to do is get a double

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Occasionally, we question whose see the game, but Steve Davis would

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have been proud of that one. -- we He felt it rolled off. He has not

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played on this table before, so there are all these little

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idiosyncrasies that come into it. What an opening first frame.

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Brilliant. The young teenage sensation takes the opening frame.

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The quality on display already from Robertson and Trump. They are at

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the top of the market for the outbreak betting. The world

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champion is second favourite at 12- 5, and Ricky Walden, the outsider

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at 5-1. You look the draw from has had he has come through a tougher

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half of the draw, that is probably why he is bit rich. Fantastic worst

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rain. It seems to have been spoiled by the table rolling off. He played

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it a bit there could to get past a middle pocket. So he did not hit

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the ball as hard, running into the middle pocket. It was difficult,

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but still, a great frame. You get the feeling that trompe is going to

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have to play even better, because Neil Robertson looks like he's in

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very good form, very sharp. By the way, we are welcoming any questions

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for the world champions in the studio this afternoon. Three world

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champions available to receive your Questions, if you fancy getting in

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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touch, you can contact us via And the last rain, Robertson

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complained about a possible role of. You can see the white, just

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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slightly debating to the left. -- It might just look off one of those

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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reds, there, so see the, off the The I do not think Neil will be

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taking the left-hand red. -- I do A good clean pot, but nothing to

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come. It is always the same when you play a shot to nothing. These

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are hard to judge. That is superb. Some time Julie Guthrie ball if

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there is ever a colour in baulk. We have all done it. -- sometimes you

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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This could be good. If it goes through the gap it could be very

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poor. And brilliant. Because he caught it full on the right-hand

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side, he has left... He can hit these far and wide and hope he gets

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on the black. If not, he has the He is hoping for the black. He is

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almost bound to be on the pink, and what happens? He nearly snookers

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himself. Unlucky. If he played it slowly enough he could pot the pink

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A good pot. Typical - the only place you do not want to finish is

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He can swerve this. The slower you play it the more chance you have.

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Watch the white. When you hit the ball, even if you may have hit it

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thick, with that amount of side on it it is going to kick the ball

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over. In the old days you could not transfer her side with the old

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balls. Now you can. -- transfer He just did not get hold of it. You

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really have to get into it when Ideally, you would not like that

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cue ball to close to the side cushion. He might have to run round

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the ankles here. It is not a problem when you can cue like that!

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The pack has generated from that is remarkable. He was not even cueing

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down on it and still managed to Not many players would have had the

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confidence to play the blue at that Yes, look at this. He takes the cue

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right back, let it do all the work. That is why it generates the power.

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Unfortunately, he has just had a kick here.

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Watch the white bounce, and the red. When you have a kick it just kills

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Every pot he has gone for he has got it. No-one has ever won a match

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with 100% pot success rate. Do you think it will happen? I think he

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I think one of the key features when Judd plays is just how quickly

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he scores. It really is remarkable. That was another funny contact, I

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think. Not quite as smooth as it should have been. It is

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disconcerting when you sit in the chair, knowing that you have played

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a bad shot and you find yourself 60 behind in about two minutes.

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Judd is favoured in this match. We said that Robertson had to get off

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to a good start. Unfortunately, he He still needs this blue. They were

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a little premature with the applause. That his game ball. --

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We had a 43 in the first game and we did not think that was going to

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be enough. Robertson replied with 60. This break of 68 has been top

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draw. He has been tight to the cushion and he has still kept the

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Standby - potting machine at work. He does not have their finesse of

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O'Sullivan yet but he pots just as good to -- as good as him. He is

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the real deal, this boy. I thought he was good at Sheffield, but he is

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backing it up here. Roberts and has to look on as Judd

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Trump takes the lead. At some stage in the Turner, if you're going to

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win, there has to be the odd match where you need a bit of luck.

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certainly had it in the early match with Dominic Dale. He was 4-2 down.

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He looked like he was in trouble and then he played this shot. He

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came down, can and that -- can andd It has gone across the table twice

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here. How do you like those? played at shot as if he was gone.

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It was almost like he had given up. He was in trouble at point.

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Afterwards he said he was not quite at his best but I think he showed

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tremendous character. Again Stephen Maguire he was absolutely superb.

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He sent out a good tweet at the interval. He came out after the

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interval and never missed a ball. His brother tweeted that he had put

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a bit of oil on his elbow at half- time! We expected the quality of

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this match and, boy, have we got it! Roberts and has to hang on to

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him in this session. He can still win 6-2 but, at this stage, you

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have to get a foothold in the match. Judd's family often come to watch

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him play and they will be delighted at the moment. They are watching

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with earpieces. The commentary is They have seen him progressing

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through the junior events. There he is, 22 years of age, at the semi-

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finals of the UK Championship. I do not think we can call him a

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prospect any more, he is already here. I have had the pleasure of

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knowing him since he was 12. My late brother used to put it loads

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of junior tournaments on and everybody used to come to the club

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and play. My brother once said, one-day this guy will be world

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champion. OK, he may not be, but he Any room for improvement there, the

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thing? -- do you think? He was never going to get the cue

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ball topside of the blue there. There has been a new cloth put on

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today. It sometimes traps the white a little bit. He could not have

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We talk about having to settle in a match. Robinson had a body blow. I

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go back to the shot when he was on 60 and looked like he was in

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control. Since then he has looked a little bit shaky. Neil Robertson

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has a wonderful temperament. And he is going to needed today. -- need

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Brown is a natural angle here. This might be a little bit low. He knew

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full well that he had the other red. It is going to be tricky here,

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He may have to play safe up to the blue. It is definitely worth doing

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it. It looks like he feels he can get out of there to the pink spot

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I would never question his shot selection because he has played

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fabulously. But why give him a chance to get back in? If he was

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behind I might say that was the correct shot, but not when he is in

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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Once again, it does not look like He has played it plain ball. The

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angle is not there, is it? If he plays it that way he will keep

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going through the gap. Here you see him putting left Tyneside on the

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ball. Watch it when it hits the cushion. He had another attempt

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without check side and caught the pink. It was important to show you

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what happens with check side, the way it squares up. The problem he

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has here is that there is no red that he can drop onto. He cannot

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see the two reds on the right-hand side. He cannot play down the table

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and drop on to the one that is the other black spot. -- that is near

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the black spot. He changed his choice of shot so that he did not

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have to check it. It is worth persevering. He could throw the

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frame away. I do not know what the record is

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for points against, but this could get very close. REFEREE: Foul and a

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miss. Meal will come and have a look at

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this, but if there is nothing he likes then it will go straight back.

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I remember one match where there were 48 points on the board before

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anyone potted a ball. This is his sixth attempt. He has

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This may look dangerous. It is a lot easier to give this amount of

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At the seventh attempt he has hit it. Unfortunately it is not safe.

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This is massive for Robinson. He has to get a foothold in this match.

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He has a tricky decision to make These decisions make the difference

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I think he was right to play that. It helps that the green is off of

:56:15.:56:25.
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That is not a good shot. He needs to be a lot further down the table.

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He does not have the pace of this He has to try to find the gap

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between the reds to get up for a colour near the baulk area. He

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played a bit of late. Plenty of top spin. You can see it with the top

:57:11.:57:14.

spin. He could not have it that much better. That was the shot of

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I think he can see the second red of the two, which means he could

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Look what happens when you play with top spin. John talked about

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the white stopping before it went through. The top spin pushes it

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through. That is how he played at last shot, and played it

:58:00.:58:10.
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excellently. That has been the key shot of this break. He was not

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brilliant when he first came to the table. He has managed to get the

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green back on its spot and the pink. Judd may regret the attempt at the

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green should he lose this frame and Perhaps, in fairness, a little

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careless, that one. He has got a dead white there. Instead of

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screwing out it has stunned and sat on the black. It looks like he can

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still pot the black. It is pretty close. If I was worried about this

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I would be sticking the yellow on the side cushion here. No-one seems

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to play that shot very much these days. If he is worried about the

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black, put the yellow on the side cushion. Judd, being left-handed,

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that will be extra insurance. It He did that well.

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Watch this. He just flicks the red twice. The red is available in the

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Excellent break. Has recovered his bottom red of the two? If he has

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done that he is OK. I am not sure He could have done with slightly

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more on the cue ball, to get a better angle on the black. But the

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chance of developing the other one. If he sees a slight angle on that,

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He has got to be a little careful with this, nor do get the cue ball

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tangled up with the two reds there. -- not to get. Should be all right.

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Once again, hopefully, not dead He did not expect to miss that.

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He's very proficient with his right hand. Not quite as good with the

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other hand, as Ronnie O'Sullivan is He's thinking about playing round

:03:44.:03:54.

the table and just dropping on to the cushion. His snooker has been

:03:54.:04:03.

very, very good. Judd Trump always does that, looks down at the floor,

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It was a trickier than it looked, that, an acute angle. It looks

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pretty simple on there, but believe you me, on these tournament pockets,

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One snooker is needed, it is going to be -- going to have to be

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The fact that the blue ball is just slightly off the cushion, there may

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be some room to get a snooker in there at some time. Neil Robertson

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needs to get a frame on the board quickly now. He does not want to

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Not particularly easy to get a snooker you, sometimes it is more

:06:46.:06:51.

important just to get the object ball safe, you cannot have a

:06:51.:06:55.

snooker every time you come to the table. Although he has done well

:06:55.:07:02.

with that one, that is not bad. Neil Robertson putting the

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extension on, it is easier to get the required amount of side, not

:07:08.:07:16.

using the rest. Not quite enough. That would have been a tough shot

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if he needed the spider, or the Still has not had any great

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opportunities to get the snooker. There is a little age of the ball

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sticking out, but that was a brilliant try. Hopefully, it will

:08:52.:08:58.

move the blue, because it is really difficult to get behind that. If I

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was Judd Trump, I would pot the brown, and try to get the snooker

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off the blue, behind the pink or He has moved the black, which is

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If the game can be scrappy with these two great players, it could

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be called a little bit scrappy, but we still have plenty to talk about

:09:44.:09:52.

in this frame. He with a high break of 33, Neil Robertson will be

:09:52.:09:57.

delighted to get a foothold in this match. Will Judd Trump regret going

:09:57.:10:02.

for that long green? This is bubbling up nicely. In the first

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frame we saw some maturity from Judd Trump, in the sense that he

:10:06.:10:09.

took the chance to play safe when he would have been expected to go

:10:09.:10:13.

for the pot. Then we saw the old Judd Trump that we have loved this

:10:13.:10:20.

week, the Cavalier one. That is the way he plays the game. To be a

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future world champion, you can win playing like that. Shaun Murphy

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made more pots and everyone when he won the World Championship. You do

:10:29.:10:33.

not need to have such a strong safety game if you're knocking them

:10:33.:10:42.

in, all the time. It is tough, but it can be done. Somewhere along the

:10:42.:10:45.

line you will have to develop as safety game, it happens to every

:10:45.:10:54.

player. He has won ranking events, he has got the experience. He will

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definitely have a greater percentage game of the two, but

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that was an important frame, because at 3-0 down, the match can

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start to get away from you. Does stamina come into play? Yes, but it

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is a slightly different mind set, for a two session at match. A crowd

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has been enjoying this session. This will be the first session they

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have watched, where there is no conclusion. It is back to nil

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Robertson against Judd Trump, with Judd Trump 2-1 up. -- to Neil

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He cannot afford to leave any one What a clever shot that was. He had

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a look, found the gap, it was careless of Judd Trump to leave it,

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but he would not have dreamed he would have left an opportunity to

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I open talk about how you can make your own luck with an exceptional

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shot, and he knew that the gap was there, but the gap is only there,

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if you pot it. The players out there knows that if you get the pot,

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that was a prime example of a very There might not be too much of a

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problem if he can one through the pack, but I think he is just a

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little bit too low. Playing the screw shot now, for the blue. I

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know that people backed him at 12-1. That was a slight chance. But not

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He's a good competitor. You don't win the World Championship without

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being one of those, but when you first came, he was playing in, was

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at your club? This, he spent 18 months in Leicester once he arrived

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from Australia. He used to burn his table time by dishing the tables,

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and he was very poor, then, he made plenty of 50s and 60s, but he did

:15:55.:15:59.

not quite have the finesse, but he has turned into one of the greatest

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It is nice to have another professional in the camp, in the

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way you practice, because you can play a few games, for tenners and

:16:25.:16:31.

things, and it keeps you shark. you play someone at a higher level,

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it does not give you the opportunity to get lax, about your

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practice. He did well to hold that. The Iraq played. -- there a well

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That is a big target, to the left- hand side. It depends whether you

:16:56.:17:01.

want to take the chance on that. He is looking to see. Would you go for

:17:01.:17:08.

the yellow, and take out the pack? Absolutely, and so would have

:17:08.:17:11.

Ronnie O'Sullivan or and Alex Higgins. If you miss the pack, you

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still have the chance of being on a He still has that chance, or been

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on that red. I thought he would miss the pack on the left, not the

:17:27.:17:36.

right hand side. He did not quite get into the cue ball. When you

:17:36.:17:41.

play a screw shots, the white spins forward, before the stun takes on,

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and it is easy to misjudge that He's entitled to take this on, at

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A little unlucky, he is starting to cue very well, and he does not

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understand why he missed that. don't know whether he can get into

:18:17.:18:21.

the cue ball and flick if you out of the pack. Well, he could, and he

:18:21.:18:31.
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has. -- flick a few. And fortunately for him, he stuck it up.

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You do not envisage the red that you have missed, cannoning into the

:18:42.:18:48.

black and staying up this end of the table. This could be a bit of a

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body blow, because Neil Robertson had got himself right back into

:18:51.:19:00.

this game. All of a sudden, Judd Trump could produce the killer blow,

:19:00.:19:10.
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Now then, has he lined them all up? Is he on anything? He is looking

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He's looking at trying to make a plant. There is a bit of distance

:19:29.:19:39.
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This is different to the green, when I mentioned that it was too

:19:39.:19:46.

risky. He is entitled to take this on if he wants to. The fact that he

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is 50 odd points behind going to the table, but he has missed it, by

:19:51.:20:01.
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miles a! He took the red in the middle of the plant first, there.

:20:03.:20:09.

The yes, that is what happened. The red, closest to the one he played,

:20:09.:20:19.
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Good pot, that, he can be slightly aggrieved not to be left something

:20:37.:20:47.
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I thought he had hit the lower jaw of the pocket there. He decelerated

:20:57.:21:06.

on that. For one second, I thought he had missed that. Think of the

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years we have run to have, with these great potters, criticising

:21:11.:21:15.

the shots that they plea, were going to have abortions of time

:21:15.:21:19.

over the next five or six years. They are wonderful to watch, they

:21:19.:21:29.
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-- oceans of time. This has been a good performance from they are

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Robertson, at 2-0 down, since then, he has had a task, and he has

:22:03.:22:12.

passed it. Not quite as good in the last couple of frames, but you have

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got to do your own stuff, and he has certainly done that. Looking

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forward to see what Tweet he puts on his phone, on the interval, Judd

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Trump. He started like a house on fire with a 100% pot success rate,

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but since then, his pot success Excellent pot, both of these

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players appear to have got the measure of the table. I think this

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is going to be a very good match. It is not clear who is favourite to

:23:01.:23:05.

win at this stage, I'll be it Judd Trump was favourite before the

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Neil Robertson is also bidding to be the 11th man to be a world and

:23:32.:23:42.
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UK champion. A fantastic achievement. I suppose you are in

:23:46.:23:55.

the other 11? I would not have mentioned it, otherwise! You have

:23:55.:24:00.

got to take your hat off to Neil Robertson. He was 2-0 behind, and

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struggling, some 36 minutes with a, and Neil Robertson has stop the

:24:06.:24:10.

flow from Judd Trump. Judd Trump will be disappointed to come at a

:24:10.:24:15.

bad session level at 2-2. Absolutely wonderful stuff.

:24:15.:24:20.

Wonderful first session. Stephen? It looked like Judd Trump might

:24:20.:24:25.

have been getting away from it. He went for a rash plant, and almost

:24:25.:24:30.

got away with it, Neil Robertson had to pot a long ball after it,

:24:30.:24:36.

but then he cleared up, and now he looks solid. Steve, how good Tudor

:24:36.:24:40.

balance be? From the perspective of Neil Robertson, he will be

:24:40.:24:46.

delighted to have been given some chances, which he grasp. You have

:24:46.:24:55.

to look at Judd Trump and say that he is still a little raw and gives

:24:55.:24:59.

his opponent to many chances, so it will be fascinating to see how well

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that style play holds up over the next five years. Well that hold up

:25:07.:25:14.

against players who have that? You might win one tournament at playing

:25:14.:25:24.
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like that, but can you Dominic? -- dominate. We have been hearing from

:25:29.:25:34.

you on a widow. One tour says, do you think Judd Trump can win the

:25:34.:25:38.

World Championship, the way he plays, or will he have to mature?

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Another says, Judd Trump has the same long potting that you had at

:25:44.:25:50.

his age. I won seven world titles without much of a safety game, so

:25:50.:25:55.

it is fine! I think that is the way you have got to play it. You have

:25:55.:25:59.

got to create your own chances, you cannot be waiting for chances. He

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can definitely win a World Championship. You are the

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archetypal 80s safety player because you had the all-round game,

:26:07.:26:12.

it seemed to be based on safety. Is that someone -- something that

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nobody else is going to be doing these days, they will be firing in

:26:17.:26:21.

pots, like Judd Trump does? game has changed. You could

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dominate someone by playing good safety and they would fall to

:26:25.:26:29.

pieces because they could not play safety. That seemed to be how it

:26:29.:26:35.

was. But now everyone can pot, off the baulk cushion, so you have got

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to change your game. The game is changing all the time. It is like

:26:40.:26:43.

golf, you cannot play for the centre of the green anymore, you

:26:43.:26:48.

have got to go for it, because if you do not, someone else will. That

:26:48.:26:54.

was the style then, safety play, don't take any risks. The break of

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has become such an important shot. If you leave anything sticking out,

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you have lost the frame. In that case, does Judd Trump have a lot of

:27:05.:27:10.

maturing to do or just a slight week? I think the way he is playing,

:27:10.:27:14.

he dominates players, just by potting. He puts fear into you, if

:27:14.:27:18.

you're not really tight on the safety, he is going to pot the ball.

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The next question is from Kelvin, with a very good question, if you

:27:24.:27:28.

could combine three players, who and what part of their games we you

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have? I would have Ronnie's left hand. I cannot player left handed.

:27:37.:27:43.

Williams' temperament is scrappy frames. He does not care how badly

:27:43.:27:53.
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he plays to win a frame. And Steve's B game. I never had that.

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My A game was rubbish. I with Alex Higgins apportion his competitive

:28:12.:28:17.

instinct. If you look at the best statistics, this guy is the best

:28:17.:28:22.

break-builder. I cannot believe that you didn't have Willie Thorne

:28:22.:28:29.

in there! He filled out when you mentioned world champions! -- he

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felt left out. You guys at the end have to sign something, what is it?

:28:39.:28:43.

It is the score sheet for the match. You could sign any complaints but

:28:43.:28:49.

my notes were getting so long. is to destroy the Brazilian

:28:49.:28:53.

rainforests, and to prove that you lost. We have a copy of one of

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these. This has from the match between Shaun Murphy and Martin

:28:56.:29:04.

Gould. It is just a match resort sheet, both have signed it. --

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result sheet. The next one, also involves what you do as part of

:29:11.:29:16.

you're match retained. Natalie says, what do Stephen Hendry in

:29:16.:29:24.

particular, but any player, do in the 15 minute interval? In the

:29:24.:29:29.

Crucible, we have dressing rooms, I normally go and read the newspaper.

:29:29.:29:33.

If you have lost badly in the first session, you might have some

:29:33.:29:39.

practice, but, just relax and have a cup of tea. It is nice if you

:29:39.:29:42.

have your meets with you, just to have a chat about things, not

:29:42.:29:49.

necessarily about the snooker. It is a game where you can switch off

:29:49.:29:53.

and on, you just have to get the balance right. Ken Doherty is

:29:53.:30:00.

standing by. You are looking lonely out there! We have a couple for you.

:30:00.:30:06.

Tom says, how many cue tipsters the average player get through in a

:30:06.:30:12.

season? If you are playing a lot of snooker, a lot of tournaments, it

:30:12.:30:17.

depends on all the practice. would say, on average about four or

:30:17.:30:23.

five tips each year, but the world champions in the studio there,

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The next one is from Tim. He says, what is the best way of learning to

:30:32.:30:37.

see the potting angle? Out there, you will probably see them coming

:30:37.:30:42.

around and having a look at the target line, in this case the brown.

:30:42.:30:48.

They would light up the brown with their body and the cue. Here is a

:30:48.:30:52.

tip. Sometimes you can put an imaginary ball there, almost like a

:30:52.:30:57.

dead set plant. What you do is you take the red away and that is

:30:58.:31:02.

exactly where you want to hit the brown to pot the ball. And, of

:31:02.:31:12.
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course, you miss it, as usual! But you get the point. Normally he is

:31:12.:31:16.

100% accurate. His practising has been sensational. Very diligent as

:31:16.:31:24.

well. We will have more of you're tweets later in their programme. We

:31:24.:31:28.

are looking at last night's match between Shaun Murphy and Ricky

:31:28.:31:38.
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Walden now. Ricky Walden is in -- was in his first UK quarter-final.

:31:39.:31:49.
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He needed just one more frame to seal and semi-final spot. -- a

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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This match is now when the hands of He needs a perfect angle on the

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black to go into them. There is one Louis red. He needs to cannon into

:33:08.:33:12.

that. That would give him more chance of getting the other reds

:33:12.:33:18.

into play. If he plays with stun rather than with screw it could be

:33:18.:33:28.
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That could have gone horribly wrong. He always had that one to the far

:33:40.:33:47.

left corner. He can certainly see the bottom red of the pack, and

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Do he played it nicely. -- he He did not get into that properly.

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He potted the black very thick, which meant that the white did not

:34:42.:34:52.
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go as high up as he would have liked. He does not have the perfect

:34:55.:35:04.

angle to get straight on the blue. whatever colour he decides to play

:35:04.:35:08.

for, he is not going to be perfect on it. He is playing, for me, the

:35:08.:35:18.
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slightly more difficult red. As you can see, he is not on a colour now.

:35:20.:35:29.
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He looks a bit shaky. He is just about on the pink. It is a thin cut.

:35:30.:35:34.

The frame and the match are there for the taking. You feel that, if

:35:34.:35:44.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

:35:45.:36:34.

He has got it. 50 points of a lead. Red, colour, red for a big win.

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has a chance of beating another world champion tonight. This is the

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bigger shot he has played so far this week. And it is there. I think

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Ricky Walden now weighs in the semi-final. On reflection, John, I

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think he has been the stronger player of the two tonight. Yes, I

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think the first four frames were evenly matched. But since the

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interval I think he has been the better player. Now just the easy

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red. 57 points in front, best to go 58 points in front with just 51

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remaining. -- this to go 58 points in front. Shaun Murphy did not

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produce his best game this evening. If you do not produce your best

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game you will be susceptible to defeat. Will he finish this off

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with a century break? The frame and the matches well and truly in the

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back. -- the frame and the match are well and truly in the bag. He

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is now in the semi-final for sure. Shaun Murphy will congratulate him

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and say, well played. They are very good frames off the table. Ricky

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Walden will be absolutely delighted. Disappointment for Shaun Murphy,

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but take nothing away from Ricky Walden. After the interval he came

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out all guns blazing and leaves a very worthy winner. 6-3, he is in

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the semi-final. He is up against Mark Allen, who

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was in the semi-finals last year. It promises to be another cracking

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match. Ricky Walden is a player who, perhaps, has taken his game to

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another level. Even though the won in Shanghai, this is another

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difficult level that he has to lift his game to. Yes, this is all of a

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sudden the first time, perhaps, on the BBC that we have seen the best

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of him. He has a fantastic cue action. It does not look

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technically perfect, his legs are bent. When he pulls the cue back

:39:46.:39:56.
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and hits the ball it is beautiful to watch. How much as his

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confidence grown -- does your confidence growth when you keep

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putting away former champion after former champion? He has actually

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been missing for a couple of years. He won in China, but in the top 16

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briefly and then we have not seen him. But he has come back to form.

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How do you think that one is going to pan out? It is tough to call.

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Mark Allen is a ferocious performer. The last frame last night, you get

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in in those situations with his back against the wall, he is

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brilliant. Ricky Walden looks impressive. Ricky Walden is a

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scrapper, isn't he? Yes. He is unorthodox in terms of how he'd

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grips the cue. He is not as smooth as some of the other players, but

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it is very accurate on these superfine cloths.

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We cannot ignore the fact that Mark Allen has made headlines off the

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table this wake, but does it affect him on the table? He is a more

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laid-back character than people might think. I do not think it

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concerns him at all. His form on the table is what he will be

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focusing on. We will take you back to Neil

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Robertson and Judd Trump. It is going to be quite awkward for Neil

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Robertson because he is a member of the Forum.

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When East see some people walking around the table, and you take an

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instant dislike to them, that look of being aloof or arrogant, it

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reminds me of... Stephen and meal. I think he definitely has an aura

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about 10. The days a was a winning six or seven tournaments a season

:42:27.:42:34.

are gone. If you win two or three it is a good season. Neil has such

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an improved player from five or six years ago. Now he is a proven

:42:37.:42:47.
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winner. When you are playing him you know he is not going to crumble.

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I have known him for quite a few years. We lived together for a

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period when Neil was first on the tour. I used to practise with him a

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lot at Willie Thorne's club. Back then, he probably would say himself,

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he used to score well but he used to push the boat out a bit too much.

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He said to me that that was probably why he fell off the tour,

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he was taking on too many shots. In the last couple of years he has

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proved what a class player fears. I could watch him on TV and you would

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not know whether he was winning or losing. He has a great temperament.

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We know the story line, you were really on your uppers and then all

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of a sudden... Do you think that helped? What changed your game?

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think that, in some ways, I was a late developer. One of the problems

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I had was living in Australia and not playing with a lot of world-

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class players, although the standard of amateur snooker is very

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high. It is a completely different level from playing top professional

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players. I was always flying over to play in tournaments in the UK

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without much practice. It all changed for me when I moved to

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Cambridge in 2003, when I was practising with Joe Perry every day

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and players like Mark came. I had just built on it from there.

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never hear him morning in interviews. The thing I am most

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jealous of is that come on you think you have played a safe shot,

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and then he gets to it. What part of the game would you try to

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improve? My biggest focus this season was to improve my

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consistency. Watching somebody like Mark playing the last few seasons,

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I myself have been a little inconsistent. This season was just

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to practise really hard and try to get to the later stages as much as

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And that has helped him become one of the best players in the world.

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Back we got to this semi-final match. It is 2-2 with the promise

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of more top-quality snooker to come. John Parrott is standing by,

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Steve Davis, whom I have known for 25 years and two has never bought

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me a drink, has just sent some mince pies up to us! Thank you very

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Of the two players, I am sure Neil Robertson would have enjoyed his

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cup of tea more than Judd Trump. That is just awesome. The kiss may

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not have looked advantageous, but he feed goes for the black heat he

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will be splitting them. What a That was a little on the thick side.

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That is easily done. He could split the pack up from here. He may

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He has to hit it thick. He did not He can get through to the potting

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angle of the red to the left of the brown, but I do not see how he

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could miss the cannon on the black. If he is going to play it as a shot

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He would not mind hitting the black if he plays it slowly because he

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would be pushing it towards the That may have looked dangerous but,

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if it had worked, he would -- it I do not know whether this back red

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When Judd Trump was playing Steve Maguire yesterday, on three

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occasions Judd Trump was tight on a cushion and Maguire was thinking he

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That was all he could do, really. There was no path back to the baulk

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area. The start of this frame is a He chose to play the safety shot. I

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do not blame them. He played it You can see that both players are

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somewhat reticent tip open the side of the pack. The brown is up the

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table, the green is off its yellow -- off its spot, as is the law,

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there is not much to hide behind. If you're going to open up the reds

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you have to be pretty accurate to He may decide to stun round the

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back of the black, knowing that the blue is there if he does not get it.

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This red would be almost a certainty of the green were not

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He played it nicely, played round the black. I think he hit it a

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fraction too hard, he was probably The blue is not as easy as he would

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like, whether he plays it in the corner or the middle, neither of

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This is a really tricky set of I would suggest he is going to go

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off of the top cushion and rested He is cueing very very low, playing

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the dried shot. He could not have played it better. Under the

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circumstances, I think it was the We have a television screen that --

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he has a television screen that he can look at. He has to put the

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balls back where they were. I think the pink was on its spot. The red

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has to go nearer to the pink. The one in the middle of those three on

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the left. The one near the middle of the three. He does not have an

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He is getting there. It does not make an awful lot of difference.

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The pink still has to be in the way. It is not important whether reds

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are at this stage. -- where the Well that is where they were. Just

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trying to sort out where they are now. They have got everyone looking

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now. Anyone else want to have a look? Shall we nip down and have a

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quick look? It is still a big target off the side. He has three

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or four reds he could go into. LAUGHTER. APPLAUSE. Judd pointing

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at the table where he told him the cue ball was. You little fibber!

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will still play the same shot. We know the red two from the pink will

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pot in the left hand corner. So he doesn't want to hit it straight

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towards the pocket. REFEREE: Foul and a miss. Unlucky. I don't know

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why he's looking at the score board. I was asking whether the six-point

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Pennell tip was on. This red is pottable. But it is a tough snooker

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Judd had a perfect line the last time he played it. But the harder

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you hit it, the wider the white throws. He might not get the same

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line if he hits it harder. It is a new cloth and new cushions, the

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harder you hit the harder they slide. A lot harder he has played

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it and just about the same line. It is come back to, not where it

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was, but there is a cuttable red on. But he won't have much idea where

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He may have to go for a pot of some nature. It is difficult to get back

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to the baulk area. He may have to have a dig at one. He could try and

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get the cue ball into one of the Because he hit that thick, he

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didn't ark the cue ball between brown and blue and all after the

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tactical exchange it is a very good Be interesting to see how many he

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can score here. He has not made much above 306789 me needs to

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establish himself in this -- 30. He needs to establish himself in this

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A little bit short with the cue He may play the slow cannon into

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Decided to play for loose one x which is no probably. But he will

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need to get at least one more of those reds that are tied up at the

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Shows you how important it is to get the chance to play it on to the

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pink. He does need at least two Well that was nearly brilliant.

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We'll get a chance to show you what the white ball does. It is a shot,

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you can see he has arked it around the brown and blue and then the

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spins tuck. He got so much reaction. It was so late before it gripped

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A good 43. He will be glad to see those two reds go to the right hand

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side cushion. All the colours are fine, but the two reds on the right

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hand side cushion is a help. Immediately Neal chooses to get one

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I thought that red had covered the pocket. A fabulous pot again. Great

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Having considered what mood he would have been at the interval,

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when he let a two frame lead split, Eight frames played in this

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afternoon's session, the best of 17 What is he thinking of here? Oh my

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goodness! A bit of cue power do you think. If the pink hadn't been in

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the way he would have got on that red. It was a bit of exhibition

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snooker at the end. He made a break of 43 and he now leads 3-2. RISHI

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PERSAD: It may be fair to say we are going to get this. It will be

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to and fro. Both players have shown they're on good form. Well there is

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a point about a two session match, the mentality, because there is no

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finish to the match. It is eight frames so you're trying to play the

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frames as they come and see what turns up in the evening. But what

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is astonishing is the cue power both these lads have. They can hate

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ball and if they can do that, there is no shot you can't play. -- hit a

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ball. We heard John Parrott's reaction to the screw shot. Is it

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something you guys look at, having been capable of tremendous power

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yourself. Not me. You're Auking about other player's abilities, I

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would love to have that power. It is to do with the cue. If you have

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a stronger cue. But his power and the accuracy is phenomenal.

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else in the main players in your era would have had similar powers.

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Well Jimmy White. But I don't think he has the accuracy that Judd has.

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Steven Lee was a good screw back player. If you can screw the ball

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back a long way and get power on your shot, when you play those

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shots, you don't have to hit them as hard. It is a big advantage if

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you can strike the ball firmly and get lots of action on it. But it is

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a mystery to me how they do it! It is like watching boxers you see a

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boxer who can punch hard, but it Dun't look like he is trying hard.

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But another boxer looks like he is punching hard, but is not hard at

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JOHN VIRGO: John Spencer developed the screw shot. And of course Joe

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WILLIE THORNE: We saw an exhibition shot from Judd. If he had have

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kissed the pink, he would have got on the red. You have got to hit as

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low as you dare and really follow through. This is from a shorter

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distance, but look what happens to the cue ball. It stops for a while

:15:04.:15:08.

and when the spin takes the cloth, it bites and goes back. But I'm

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sure that young man who was playing that shot couldn't have have --

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have played the shot Judd played. And what a shot again. Able to hold

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it and make that into a shot to nothing. He played a three quarter

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ball pot and got a dead white. That You get what you deserve when you

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play a good shot and he could get plenty. You have got to hope when

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playing into the pack he gets out Hofs probably worried about

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finishing on the cushion. -- he was probably worried about finishing on

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the cushion. I expected him to He will be a little disappointed to

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that initial red that was a skrabger, to only get -- cracker,

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to only get nine. Judd looking to see in the baulk area whether he

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can cover that red that's in the centre to the right of the blue,

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Got to miss the yellow. Ooh! Good call, John. Those baulk colours

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have always been there and it is amazing how many times you hit them.

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The key was finding the baulk cushion and he has not done that.

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Didn't particularly want the kiss on the pink there. Just potted it

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slightly thin there. He will probably pot the pink and screw

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back and split the reds. The fact that the yellow is off its spot

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makes this blue very simple. He may He loves knocking long ones in. I

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think he is on one. He deserves to be on one. Because the blue was a

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lot easier in the middle. Never He seems to be getting back

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contacts at the moment. When you're cueing down, it is always going to

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bounce and you won't necessarily Well a very surprising miss, that

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after some of the shots he's played. The way he played that, the black

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He has decided it is too risky to play on that red behind the black

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spot just yet. But this is a very I think we got too excited with

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what will happen with this match. But it has been more exciting,

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because they have been missing a Playing into the three, you're

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bound to be on one. Still on. But cuttable. The white will be running

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loose. But it helps that the pink is where it is. He was able to held

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Stun done down on the green then a natural angle for the loose red on

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the left. And should have a perfect position now. Three reds just above

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the black are going to be, need to be promoted at some point. Like now

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He keeps looking at the score boorbgsd he is only 29 in front. --

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score board. Could still play for the two reds behind the black spot.

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But he is going to need one of This is not any good if this is

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straight, but I don't know what angle he has left himself. He

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He is going to have to play the kiss, but he is not guaranteeed to

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Played it well though. Very done. All his eggs went into one basket

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there. Couldn't have hit it better, It is going to be Lel pegging,

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At this level, you can't afford to miss a ball like this. He just

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misjudged it and Neil Robertson, he had the white running loose at

:26:48.:26:52.

times, but he still compiled a frame-winner. That is the important

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Not perfect on this yellow. Neil Robert son's only made one century

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in this tournament so far. This is How do you like those apple? Not

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many of those in a pound, John! Just to let Judd Trump know he is

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not the only one who can play with plenty of cue power. Trump missed

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an easy ball and Robertson replied 105 to level the game. RISHI

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PERSAD: With the 29th century of the tournament. We have another

:29:06.:29:12.

world champion, one playing, one commentating, not Willie obviously.

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Ken, how much did you enjoy Neil Robertson strutting his stuff?

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were gasping, a lot of the people in the crowd are gasping. I can't

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play those shots, all three 06 us can't. That is how difficult they

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are. There is not many players could play that shot. It is amazing.

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I did it in installments once. would be scared of doing my tip in.

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You would be wary. Somebody tweeted, can you sort of practice that. It

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is very hard. I just play safe on it. Do they practice. You can

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practice that shot, but you can perhaps generate it. The more you

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play it, the more you get used it. It is how quickly you can move that

:30:05.:30:12.

cue forward from a standing start and how explosive your muscles are.

:30:12.:30:15.

Ever tie time someone gets in, they're ready to take their chance,

:30:15.:30:22.

that is what makes it a great match. Judd was in first and missed a

:30:22.:30:27.

medium range red and Neil's punished him. Let's get back to it,

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Let us get back to a former Seniors world champion! They have been

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:30:51.:30:53.

having a go at me, those boys in Judd Trump has the first chance in

:30:53.:31:03.
:31:03.:31:35.

Tricky with Joe shot, trying to get the cannon right, so that he could

:31:35.:31:45.
:31:45.:31:47.

promote the red. -- tricky little shot back. This red is tricky. It's

:31:47.:31:57.
:31:57.:32:15.

Having to play for the single red, It was about 90 minutes ago that

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Neil Robertson was trailing 2-0 and we thought, he is going to have to

:32:20.:32:25.

get a foothold in this match. He is doing more than that now, with the

:32:25.:32:29.

chance to take the lead for the first time. A good shot needed here,

:32:29.:32:37.

to keep the break going. It is amazing how many times you lose the

:32:37.:32:47.
:32:47.:32:48.

white, winner pink is hit, half ball. -- when that pink. Stephen

:32:48.:32:53.

Hendry always goes into that shot with screw, to keep the white, in

:32:53.:32:59.

the centre of the table. With a slightly thinner Cup or not blue,

:32:59.:33:03.

Neil would be able to generate a bit more. It is just unfortunate

:33:03.:33:13.
:33:13.:33:27.

for him that it has run away a It is a big frame. You know that if

:33:27.:33:37.
:33:37.:33:38.

you win this, you cannot go into It takes a bit of pressure off,

:33:38.:33:48.

frame eight, if you are 4-3 behind. But, going into the interval, two

:33:48.:33:56.

frames behind... I think 4-4 would be a fair reflection of the

:33:56.:34:06.
:34:06.:34:18.

The red on the left-hand side cushion is causing problems. He has

:34:18.:34:23.

played round the angles, just inside that red, and he has played

:34:23.:34:33.
:34:33.:35:04.

That's Andy -- handy. A shot to nothing plant. He must have been

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thinking when he played that shot match he would give it three out of

:35:08.:35:13.

10, so it was an excellent shot. It had to be made. It was not

:35:13.:35:23.
:35:23.:35:25.

A lot of chalk on the table. I don't know if one of them has put a

:35:25.:35:31.

new cue tip on. That comes from those deep screw shots. It is

:35:31.:35:36.

getting through the ball, isn't it? Which these two certainly do, we

:35:36.:35:43.

have seen that with the screw shot ats they have been playing. We have

:35:43.:35:47.

seen two of the best screw shots we have ever seen on television, one

:35:47.:35:54.

on the yellow, which unfortunately hit the pink. And this one, just

:35:54.:36:04.
:36:04.:36:05.

We can show you Neil Robertson's there, where he purposely left it

:36:05.:36:10.

like this just to play the screw shot. That is just wonderful.

:36:10.:36:14.

Meanwhile, Judd Trump has got a chance of taking the lead again in

:36:14.:36:23.

this match. It has proved to be a very clever little shot, that plant

:36:23.:36:33.
:36:33.:36:34.

he played. There we are. There is a good chance it will go in, if it

:36:34.:36:38.

does not, the cue ball was going to be nice and safe. And this is the

:36:38.:36:46.

result. He has got to be careful here, not to cannon into something.

:36:46.:36:50.

The middle of the three reds above the black, if he hits that he is

:36:50.:36:54.

guaranteed to be on a red, if it hits any of the others, it is not

:36:54.:37:04.
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Not that I wish to contradict you but I was thinking that was the one

:37:22.:37:29.

thing that could happen and it went through the gap. He is the best

:37:29.:37:39.
:37:39.:37:42.

plan to an award. I do not see these things! We will be calling

:37:42.:37:48.

him Judd Titchmarsh, the way things are going! Plans, everywhere! --

:37:49.:37:58.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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He has developed this into a chance to win the frame. This is

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developing into a classic. And I'm sure there will not be a spare seat

:39:08.:39:16.

in the house for this game. He felt he got a bad contact there, and he

:39:16.:39:19.

is not over the winning line yet. If he is dead straight, he can

:39:19.:39:25.

screw back on to the reds in the middle. There are a lot of half

:39:25.:39:35.

kicks, that just deadens the cue ball. This is not guaranteed, this

:39:35.:39:43.

last red, which he needs. This could be a telling shot. You cannot

:39:44.:39:49.

go for this, surely, can you? If the cue ball was tight near the

:39:49.:39:53.

side cushion and he was cueing it left handed you would say that he

:39:53.:39:58.

had a good chance of knocking it in, but playing with this -- this, with

:39:58.:40:08.
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For mere mortals, anyway. What a shot that was! The pressure on that,

:40:14.:40:22.

knowing that it is frame ball, and he could throw the frame away, and

:40:22.:40:27.

we criticise him playing that green early on, but as Steve Davis was

:40:27.:40:37.

saying, it is the new game. He will pot more than he misses. A glance

:40:37.:40:43.

at the scoreboard will tell him that he is 56 in front. I will be

:40:43.:40:49.

surprised if Neil Robertson plays on. The break comes to an end at 69.

:40:49.:40:59.
:40:59.:41:29.

If Neil can screw this black in and leave the cue ball behind the red,

:41:29.:41:35.

he has a guaranteed snooker. He needs at you, but that would be a

:41:35.:41:45.
:41:45.:41:46.

starter. -- needs a few. He would love another two inches of pace, in

:41:46.:41:52.

that white ball, when tea? He could have made that such a tough snooker

:41:52.:42:02.
:42:02.:42:07.

You would fancy Judd Trump hitting this, off the cushion. If the red

:42:07.:42:10.

had gone in between blue and yellow, it would have been a tough snooker

:42:10.:42:20.
:42:20.:42:27.

Good chance to get another one, but he needs this to be tight behind

:42:27.:42:37.
:42:37.:43:02.

the blue. This is what he tried to Good effort. This is a good effort.

:43:02.:43:09.

This is a little bit more difficult to hit, he can just about go past

:43:09.:43:19.
:43:19.:43:25.

He needed to hit that one, otherwise it was a certainty to be

:43:25.:43:35.
:43:35.:43:43.

He knows his way around the table, Mr Robertson. We know what a

:43:43.:43:47.

fantastic potters ears, but he has been playing the likes of John

:43:47.:43:54.

Higgins and Steve Davis, and learning how to play snookers. I

:43:54.:44:02.

don't know how he managed to hit that, but he did. A glance at the

:44:02.:44:12.
:44:12.:44:16.

scoreboard will tell him he needs There will be a big sigh of relief

:44:16.:44:20.

from Judd, if this disappears, because he does not want to get

:44:20.:44:30.

involved in too many of these big safety battles. I am surprised when

:44:30.:44:36.

it is game ball, he plays it at that kind of pace. Now and again

:44:36.:44:42.

you have to give it a chance of being slightly off line with the

:44:42.:44:49.

pocket. That was a shame. Neil Robertson has decided that is

:44:49.:44:56.

enough, and a break of 69 puts Judd Trump in the lead at 4-3. Judd

:44:56.:45:00.

Trump over the last few years has become a sensation. He is covering

:45:00.:45:05.

his face, there. That is what makes him a character. Let us look at the

:45:05.:45:10.

walk on from last year's World Championship, when he rejoined the

:45:10.:45:20.
:45:20.:45:29.

This was the walk on at the Crucible, almost a standing ovation

:45:29.:45:34.

from the 960 people in the audience at the Crucible. That made my last

:45:34.:45:44.
:45:44.:45:47.

few years on my head stand on end! -- hairs. Yes, wonderful

:45:47.:45:52.

introduction, great atmosphere. He was brilliant and that tournament,

:45:52.:45:58.

and he is proving to be brilliant in this one, as well. Certainly the

:45:58.:46:04.

next superstar of the game, without any question. We have had some

:46:04.:46:11.

great players, haven't we? Alex Higgins, Jimmy White. All became

:46:11.:46:21.
:46:21.:46:21.

the crowd's favourite. And the two, the three legends in the studio,

:46:21.:46:31.
:46:31.:46:34.

Neil Robertson has been playing catch-up all afternoon. He needs to

:46:34.:46:38.

do it again otherwise he will be trailing 5 I think we, going into

:46:38.:46:48.
:46:48.:47:06.

He will need to get tight to the baulk cushion, and he has. Even

:47:06.:47:11.

then, it might not save him, but it has made this shot much more

:47:11.:47:20.

difficult than it would have been. He is usually exceptional at these.

:47:20.:47:30.
:47:30.:47:34.

It requires very straight cueing, It was a good long pot, but in

:47:34.:47:44.

between blue and pink. Amazing how difficult it is to get the required

:47:44.:47:49.

amount of top-spin when the object ball is so close to the cushion.

:47:49.:47:56.

This is a big shot at this stage of the game. Right into the heart of

:47:56.:48:04.

the pocket. Deserves to win a frame. You would wear the leathers out,

:48:04.:48:14.

with these two, that was bang in the middle. I thought 4-4 would be

:48:14.:48:24.
:48:24.:48:30.

a fair result, and a reflection of deja might's play. -- today's play.

:48:30.:48:35.

I think we can see that Neil is fully focused, from his demeanour,

:48:35.:48:45.
:48:45.:48:49.

and he knows the importance of Once again, he thinks he has had a

:48:49.:48:59.

fine contact. You can see the black, jumping off its spot. Makes this a

:48:59.:49:06.

little bit tricky. He is hampered now. He played to screw the white

:49:06.:49:09.

back to give them a choice of the red in the middle or the one in the

:49:10.:49:13.

corner, he was probably playing for the one in the middle. Because of

:49:13.:49:20.

the kick, it did not travel as far. He will try to pot the black into

:49:20.:49:30.
:49:30.:49:34.

the same pocket, and this can go wrong. You see? That can go wrong.

:49:34.:49:42.

Be sure that is switched off, please. Somebody has just had a

:49:42.:49:52.
:49:52.:50:03.

Great recovery shot. Thinner than it looked, with a little bit of

:50:03.:50:13.
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It has become a difficult shot today, on this table, to get

:50:28.:50:33.

perfect position on the blue. I was talking to Stephen a studio about

:50:33.:50:43.
:50:43.:50:45.

it the other day. -- to Steve, in the studio, about it. It has become

:50:45.:50:50.

harder to get good position on the blue with these cloths been the way

:50:51.:51:00.
:51:01.:51:01.

they are, so much more reactive. Talking about that shot on the blue,

:51:01.:51:11.
:51:11.:51:17.

if you go top side, you have always Both these players are having 90%

:51:17.:51:23.

pot success rate, and when you see a few balls missed, it shows you

:51:23.:51:33.
:51:33.:51:38.

how consistent they are, most of Only thing missing from this match

:51:38.:51:45.

has been someone winning the frame at one visit having got there first.

:51:45.:51:52.

That will be a first for tonight, control on the frame from the front.

:51:52.:51:56.

It has been a very enjoyable match but you would have thought there

:51:56.:52:06.
:52:06.:52:15.

would have been a little bit more If that had been forced room,

:52:15.:52:20.

without any fingermarks on the table, that would hard born in,

:52:20.:52:26.

that red. It has just came have slowed down there. That was a good

:52:26.:52:30.

news. The bad news was that the red went to the side of the black so it

:52:30.:52:34.

does not go into the corner pocket. He can try to play on the pink or

:52:34.:52:39.

the blue. But it would have been straightforward to drop that in and

:52:39.:52:47.

stay on the black. You can see, it doesn't go. He can get through to

:52:47.:52:50.

the red full ball, but he would like to hit it on the right hand

:52:50.:52:54.

side to make it easy to come out for the pink. But he would have to

:52:54.:52:58.

play it with side, to swerve it round the red a little bit. There

:52:58.:53:02.

is the alternative of playing one on to the other. You do not have to

:53:02.:53:07.

take the one that is over the pocket. You can knock the other one

:53:07.:53:11.

on to it. But you could leave that red in the jaws, and that can cover

:53:11.:53:17.

the pocket. So, he has got a few things to think about.

:53:17.:53:24.

guaranteed position is to get on to the pink in the middle. If he

:53:24.:53:28.

potted one red onto the other and screwed across to the black for the

:53:28.:53:33.

same pocket, the second red could stay on the pocket. He's playing

:53:33.:53:37.

lots of side, to swerve the white run that first red. He did not

:53:37.:53:44.

quite get enough on it, but it is a long way away from the pink. At

:53:44.:53:52.

this stage of the match, it can be missed. At 4-3 behind, there is

:53:52.:54:02.
:54:02.:54:12.

That was beautifully cued. Under the circumstances, that was a big

:54:12.:54:20.

shot. Well played. On reflection of what we have seen so far, that is

:54:20.:54:24.

the first real pressure ball, where you could either win or lose the

:54:24.:54:31.

frame from playing it, and he pleaded path it were. -- he played

:54:31.:54:41.
:54:41.:54:45.

He played to an area where if you are not on one, you are on another.

:54:45.:54:53.

There is a chance of three reds there. He's having a little work to

:54:53.:54:58.

make sure -- a little look to make sure there are no problems

:54:58.:55:08.
:55:08.:55:14.

elsewhere. Looks straightforward to I am really looking forward to

:55:14.:55:19.

tonight's session. It goes without saying. Whoever wins this match

:55:19.:55:24.

will be the favourite going into Sunday's final was up but both

:55:24.:55:34.
:55:34.:55:39.

players and the other semi-final It just shows under pressure, when

:55:39.:55:44.

you get a little bit twitchy. If he had played that a fraction harder,

:55:44.:55:50.

it would not have gone in. But he deserves it, he has played some

:55:50.:56:00.
:56:00.:56:11.

As you mentioned, it was not a match where players have been

:56:11.:56:20.

winning the frame at one visit, until now. We might see a little

:56:20.:56:26.

bit of exhibition snooker, two cushions in between green and brown.

:56:26.:56:35.

The session started out, and these players looking in great form, and

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tonight, we are in for some session of snooker. Don't miss it, at 4-4.

:56:43.:56:48.

Wonderful stuff. We predicted, some of us, that it would be fantastic.

:56:48.:56:53.

What we have seen from both players his confidence and class. You never

:56:53.:56:59.

know how were snooker match is going to unfold. But it has been

:56:59.:57:05.

entertaining. Not every ball was potted. Some mistakes, but it all

:57:05.:57:12.

adds to it. Two great players, at the jousting part of the match.

:57:12.:57:17.

Tonight is the big occasion for them now. Stephen, it has been

:57:17.:57:22.

touched on that they did not pot of the ball even though the potting

:57:22.:57:27.

rate was over 90%, but that is what makes it so exciting, the fact that

:57:27.:57:32.

they t con pots that could be missed by the majority of people.

:57:32.:57:37.

Neil Robertson's game is a little more reserved than Judd Trump's.

:57:37.:57:41.

His control of the cue ball has been better through the match. But

:57:41.:57:46.

it is the best of nine, now, tonight. Do you think that Judd is

:57:46.:57:51.

playing as well as he has all week? Both players are at the top of

:57:51.:57:58.

their game, on the crowd are loving it, it is a great atmosphere. There

:57:58.:58:02.

is not much between them. We said at the start of the tournament that

:58:02.:58:07.

there is not very much between the top players, and still, we cannot

:58:07.:58:14.

pick a winner. It is very finely balanced. Great stuff from your

:58:14.:58:17.

Roberts in the last frame of the session. Nobody had taken their

:58:18.:58:24.

first opportunity and gone on to win the frame. It shows his class.

:58:24.:58:30.

Of the two, Neil Robertson will be the happiest. From 2-0 it looked

:58:30.:58:34.

like he could be getting into a hole, but he dug himself out of

:58:34.:58:39.

that predicament. You could say that Neil Robertson has shown that

:58:39.:58:46.

he does not go away lightly. There was pork, that we had not seen Judd

:58:46.:58:52.

Trump behind, but the answer to that is that he has not been behind,

:58:52.:58:56.

many times! It would be interesting to see if one of the players get

:58:56.:59:03.

into a lead, how the other deals with it. Does one deal better than

:59:03.:59:13.
:59:13.:59:13.

the other, at 4-4? I think so. At 2-0 down, only six frames left,

:59:13.:59:18.

then the chances of coming out level are pretty slim. He has

:59:18.:59:25.

probably had less pressure on him this afternoon, Neil. Don't forget,

:59:25.:59:29.

during that match against Dominic Dale, he was one flick away from

:59:29.:59:33.

being 5-2 down and he could have been out, but how quickly he has

:59:33.:59:37.

changed his game and a much better he is playing from that first match.

:59:37.:59:42.

It is in the balance and there is not much between them. You can use

:59:42.:59:47.

all the cliches, but it literally is all to play for. Just tremendous

:59:47.:59:53.

stuff from Neil Robertson and Judd Trump. You have been sending us

:59:53.:59:58.

you're thoughts and questions on Twitter. This is from Matthew. He

:59:58.:00:02.

says, what is the opinion on what was the greatest snooker rivalry

:00:02.:00:12.

over the years and do all snooker All the players do get on with each

:00:12.:00:17.

other. We all rib each other, but we're all hewn from the same piece

:00:17.:00:23.

of rock. So we all know what it is like to be a player. Occasionally

:00:23.:00:30.

somebody gets out of order. But it doesn't last too long. Only five or

:00:30.:00:38.

ten years. I loved Steve and Alex Higgins. I used to h -- hate him

:00:38.:00:43.

for a while, because he stole my thunder. Bit race when players come

:00:43.:00:51.

at the same time as the peak of their game. It is hard to pick

:00:51.:00:57.

which is the best. My favourite was Steve Davis and Alex Higgins. They

:00:57.:01:03.

were two players who hated each other. Particularly Alex. He said

:01:03.:01:08.

he hated Steve. And totally different characters. I think he

:01:08.:01:13.

hated me, because I was the fast attacking one. That has been borne

:01:13.:01:19.

out by your style subsequently. This is from Robert, for you, would

:01:19.:01:25.

Stephen trade a world title to win one of this generation? I wouldn't

:01:25.:01:31.

give one away, because I have still got one more than him. To win now

:01:31.:01:36.

would be incredible. That is why I still play. If I won one now it

:01:36.:01:40.

would be worth more than the others put together. Because the standard

:01:40.:01:47.

is so high. Jake says, does Steve think he could take on Judd if he

:01:47.:01:54.

was still playing like he was in the 80s, that is you not Judd.

:01:54.:01:57.

views on snooker and how it has developed, I don't think any

:01:57.:02:01.

previous generation could have lived with the generation that is

:02:01.:02:06.

playing now. Why do you say that? It is just so strong, so attacking,

:02:06.:02:12.

so accurate. Among the balls, the players are better at clearing them

:02:12.:02:20.

up. The break building has got to the Nth degree. Yeah, OK you could

:02:20.:02:26.

tie players up in nots, but you can't tie Judd Trump up in nots.

:02:26.:02:31.

Were you saying defensive safety play is susceptible to a strong

:02:31.:02:37.

attacker? It is a thing of the past. I don't think it will work in this

:02:37.:02:42.

game. You can't work by playing safety. You can't win a tournament

:02:42.:02:49.

playing safety. You have still got to make the big breaks. Every era

:02:49.:02:53.

you gate couple who are spearheading that era and are above

:02:53.:02:59.

the general standard and they last a bit longer in the game perhaps.

:02:59.:03:04.

And Stephen is Jill just outside the top 16. That does happen. But

:03:04.:03:07.

somewhere down the line it is not just the age of the player, but

:03:07.:03:12.

somewhere the standard improves. We don't know how good Stephen is now

:03:13.:03:17.

as compared to the nineties, because the standard he is playing

:03:17.:03:22.

against is higher. And we have one more tweet from Ben. He says what

:03:22.:03:27.

is the best bit of advice you have been given in your career? Practice

:03:27.:03:37.
:03:37.:03:38.

hard. I think so work hard you have seen players with tremendous talent

:03:38.:03:42.

who perhaps haven't put the graft in. Steve, I don't expect you to

:03:42.:03:47.

say work hard. I remember my father saying, why don't you go down the

:03:47.:03:53.

snooker club, I'm trying to put a bet on. Keep your head still.

:03:53.:03:58.

Before during and after the shot. And Neil Robertson and Judd Trump

:03:58.:04:03.

have been doing that. We're going to show you, we saw Ricky Walden is

:04:03.:04:09.

through to the semi final. But would he play Mark Allen or Marco

:04:09.:04:16.

Fu? Mark Allen lost in the semies here last year. There wasn't much

:04:16.:04:22.

to choose between the two and they shared the first four frames. We

:04:22.:04:31.

join it in frame five. Dennis and Terry are in the commentary box.

:04:31.:04:41.
:04:41.:04:42.

Hello ooh well that changes things around a bit. DENNIS TAYLOR: never

:04:42.:04:47.

ceases to amaze me what can happen. You could stand all day and never

:04:47.:04:52.

be able to pull that shot off and all of a sudden there is enough

:04:52.:04:58.

points for Marco Fu to win. Mark Allen, well he couldn't stop

:04:58.:05:08.
:05:08.:05:09.

smiling there. TERRY GRIFFITHS: Well you will need four blacks.

:05:09.:05:19.
:05:19.:05:19.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

:05:19.:06:06.

Not an easy task where the reds are You have the perfect picture, if he

:06:06.:06:10.

can judge this with reverse side he will miss the pink and hit the

:06:10.:06:20.
:06:20.:06:31.

Another good shot required, but he has an angle to screw back off the

:06:31.:06:41.
:06:41.:06:58.

He can only draw if he takes the pink. That is interesting. He is

:06:58.:07:06.

taking the easier pot. A lot would flick the black in and try for the

:07:06.:07:16.
:07:16.:07:50.

Well let's have a look at the ang - - the angle. That is the angle he

:07:50.:07:54.

is faced with. If he plays that with deep screw, the white's going

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He's avoided the blue. He's played a superb shot. He has played a

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little gem there. Well Mark Allen, I bet he can't believe how this has

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He needs to go a bit. A little bit short. He thought the frame was

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over. He all thought it was over. He just played a straight forward

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double. But how he knocked the blue in, I'll never know. He had a fast

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This a an excellent shot. Absolutely perfectly played. He

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will just screw down over the brown spot and back for the pink. Back

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with a touch of side and one good positional shot here and it is a

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respotted black and Mark Allen, well I bet he can't believe it. He

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It is a respotted black. Spin the coin. It is a head, Marco. Do you

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want to go first. Marco not only cleared up, he won the toss. Mark

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Allen must be in a bit of shock after what's happened. Ref rf just

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-- REFEREE: Just wait there for a second, please. That seeps to be

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the shot to play these days. But it leaves the possibility of a double

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on. The old traditional safety shot was to get a bit of distance

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between them. What does particular Ideally he would want that black

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touching that cushion down there. That is very well played. What a

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great shot there. Can Mark Allen get this around the angles and on

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to the baulk cushion again? There is a chance to sneak this in. The

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white will go near the left middle pocket. He will need a touch of

:12:44.:12:51.

side on it to avoid going in-off. What a frame this would be to

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He's not sure. Just having a look there, what he''s -- he's thinking

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He's got it. Oh it looked in from here. I tell you what this is not a

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give me by any means, this black Didn't get that close to 1-1.

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tell you what, he'll settle for outcome. It ice a very awkward pot.

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The right corner would be the best one to take it on and he would have

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You can't beat a black ball fight, there is oohs and ahs all over the

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place from the crowd! Well he is such a devastating long potter, but

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there is a lot of pressure on this He's got it safe again! It just

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won't go in. This with less pace That is perfectly played. A

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Has he fluked it? Well the black's in. I'm not sure if he played it or

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was playing a similar safety shot to the one Marco Fu played. But

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what a frame and Mark Allen, I'm not surprised he has gone out. He

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leads 3-2. RISHI PERSAD: That was the I fourth respotted black of the

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tournament. People have been asked about how best to play a respotted

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black. We have had three of the four gays playing it like John

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Higgins did. It is the easiest shot to plai. Most would prefer to play

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the white more positively. So it is an easier shot than playing middle

:17:01.:17:07.

of the white. Graeme Dott is the only one who did it differently.

:17:07.:17:12.

Yes he is trying to do what Mark Allen did. You can play the long

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double and if it does miss, there is a likelihood it will wobble and

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go safe. Or go where he played it. The lowest risk shot is the one

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we're going to see, all three have played this shot. Pushing the ball

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side to side. Very unlikely that you will leave a realistic chance

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of a double. It is interesting, it is a containing shot more than

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anything. It is not a positive shot. We're going to take high risk and

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ask Ken how he would play a respotted black. Here is a couple

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of options, one is the Graeme Dott way and if he misses the black ends

:17:59.:18:05.

up in the middle of side cushion. We will try this one first. You see,

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you miss the pot, but the black will finish up somewhere here. This

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a pretty safe. There is the new option a lot of players are playing

:18:18.:18:24.

is chipping the black to the side cushion. And the white to the

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opposite cushion. Something like that. We will play it the

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interesting way, that would have been the Steve Davis way, that

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would have been the old way, up and down and leave the black in the top

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of the baulk cushion here. There you see something like that. That

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is, well pretty pleased with that is not bad. This is the Dennis

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Taylor way, 1985, black on the spot. Hit the black as hard as you can,

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close your eyes. Something like this. You know Steve Davis is going

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to miss a sitter and Dennis is going to pot it and do a silly

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little celebration. Something like that. And of course we didn't ask

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Ken to pot a ball! So he was safe. So that is some options. We had

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loads of people tweeting in. We're going to go back to Mark Allen and

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Marco Fu. Mark Allen leads 4-2 as DENNIS TAYLOR: he should have

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thought more about that one. REFEREE: Foul and a miss. But he

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was trapped there. TERRY GRIFFITHS: Marco's earned his chance with that

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snooker he played behind the brown. He needs to get his scoring boots

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There is a red on the right of the Let's see what he plays here. He

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likes to take them out one at a time. But I think that was the time

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to go into them. How is your luck? Pretty good!. He's got to make

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something happen now. That was the correct choice there, try and get

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some more of the reds open. Didn't quite get the cannon as he intended,

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but once that red came back across, He has got another three pottable

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Normally he would put the red in the middle pocket and go for the

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blue. But he can't, because of the position of the pink so he has to

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This is a very important shot coming up with a 02-point lead. --

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He has done well there. That is a good split. A very good chance now

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to clinch the frame. A good He has probably been a bit more

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aggressive in this frame than the previous frame, where he had a

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chance to go into the reds and didn't quite go into them hard

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The standard has been high, the two opening frames were scrappy, but

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then we have had braebs of 73 and 68 from Marco and 6 and 51 from

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He forced the stun there instead of Maying -- playing back spin. But

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A round of applause for that pot on the red. He is on the pink in the

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He has made 321 centuries in his There is a good chance to turn this

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into a century. What a response He will get a terrific round of

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applause from this Barbican crowd. The highest break still held by

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What about this for a positional He may as well take the lot. Oh he

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is going to cut it in. Unlucky. He was 4-2 down and that was his

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response. He almost cleared the table. But with 131 he is just one

:30:00.:30:06.

behind at 4-3. RISHI PERSAD: Particular Coe has a great record

:30:06.:30:14.

in this -- Marco has a great record in this tour flament. Now -

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tournament, we rejoin it with Mark He's getting closer to the winning

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Bringing the black into play, now. Mark Allen won his opening round

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match against Adrian Gunnell, 6-3. Nice to see him back after a couple

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He is well on his way to just leaving himself needing one more

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frame from a place in the six semi- final of a major tournament. --

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Oh, welll. That was never in. He had one area in that pocket that

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fell, but that didn't. Never in the middle of the pocket. -- earlier.

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Once again we have seen someone miss a straightforward ball, when

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it was the one he needed to be safe. He only needed that red, didn't he?

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These four reds might look awkward, For a right hander, the two near

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the side of the cushion are OK, these two are available behind the

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The fifth frame in this match was extraordinary. Mark Allen had

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assisted be, then sent a blue into that centre pocket which was quite

:34:10.:34:20.
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That is well played. He has an option, I am not sure if he can

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drop straight on to the reds, going into them and splitting them, but

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into them, it is. That worked out He is checking the scoreboard. 59

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points behind. He has an angle on the black to get on to this last

:35:23.:35:31.

red. He has got an angle, if he could get somewhere near that White

:35:31.:35:41.
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Dot, that would be perfect, and Pleaded perfectly. Much easier to

:35:58.:36:06.

get from blue to yellow, than black. That is why he screwed it back.

:36:06.:36:16.
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Mark Allen, if he loses this frame... Here is that miss, by Mark

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Allen. The applause as from the other table, where the game has

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just Dennis. Very important, this. -- the game has just finished.

:36:48.:36:52.

few times we have mentioned his temperament, but he has not batted

:36:52.:37:02.
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an eyelid with all that noise going on. Didn't he here it? -- hear. He

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might go for the pink in the corner, he didn't have the angle to play it

:37:12.:37:16.

into the centre, possibly. He is running through, off two cushions,

:37:16.:37:26.
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on to the black. He has just drop it in. -- dropped. Just the black

:37:27.:37:32.

to square things up. In a frame that looked out of his reach a few

:37:32.:37:42.
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minutes ago. Excellent break their from Marco Fu. That clearance of 60

:37:43.:37:51.

p bring some back level. -- 63. tremendous fightback from Marco Fu,

:37:52.:37:59.

and having trailed 4-2, he found himself 5-4 in front. Mark Allen at

:37:59.:38:09.
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the table, trailing by 13 poise. -- There is still one red that will go,

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in the middle of that bunch. If he is straight on the yellow, he might

:38:22.:38:30.

be able to screw back for it. is the only problem, he is going to

:38:30.:38:38.

come close to the cushion. That is the red he would like to get on. He

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is taking on the more difficult brown. He could play for that red,

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but you know what he is like, he might go into them. That is the

:38:48.:38:58.
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The black has been out of commission from the start. It does

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There is one red at the back that goes to have -- goes to the right

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The pink is going back on its spot. It is not easy to get on. Certainly,

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going into the middle pocket, not sure about its availability to the

:39:50.:39:55.

right corner. A I don't think he can avoid kissing the red or the

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pink. He has got to be a bit careful. Can he find the gap? I'm

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not sure. He might need the rest were this. Even though he is left-

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handed, I don't know if he can I think he's come up short, or has

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he just come up far enough for the pink? If he has, and those three

:41:11.:41:17.

reds are tied up, he might just be able to cannon into them. You have

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a perfect picture there to see the outcome. The back red does. He did

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not have to run through and cannon Five out of five for Mark Allen

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with the rest, the same for Marco This is a great response from Mark

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Marco was a little bit tentative, understandably so, but he had a

:42:42.:42:52.
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good chance to split the reds, and Well, Terry, we have got a deciding

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frame again, and everyone loves a deciding frame. Apart from the two

:43:14.:43:23.

players! One of them's going to love the deciding frame, that's for

:43:23.:43:30.

sure, it will get them through to this year's semi-final of the UK

:43:30.:43:40.
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The pattern has continued. Another break over 50. He is playing like a

:43:44.:43:54.
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pull player, not even getting down on the shot! -- pool. Excellent

:43:55.:44:02.

effort, that 66 from Mark Allen, brought him level again. It is 5-5

:44:02.:44:07.

result what a match this has turned into. The 5th of the tournament

:44:07.:44:11.

that has gone to a final frame decider. Here it is, Marco Fu at

:44:11.:44:21.
:44:21.:44:30.

It was a brave shot, and for one minute it looked as if he was going

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to be on the black, but there is no particular black on from there.

:44:35.:44:42.

Letters have a look at this double. He went back up for the blue.

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not think he thought that the white was going to go as close to that

:44:46.:44:51.

corner pocket. He was trying to get it back up to the baulk end of the

:44:51.:45:01.
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table, but that is too risky a He is having a look to see if he

:45:07.:45:17.
:45:17.:45:23.

could maybe take the pot on and go He did manage to get it round the

:45:23.:45:28.

back of the black in reds, did not get close to the pot, but will

:45:28.:45:38.

Act be able to get back down the table, although it looks pretty

:45:38.:45:48.
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tight. If he tries a thin one of that red, it might hit the other

:45:50.:46:00.
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one. I think he was looking to see Is he taking this on are playing a

:46:05.:46:15.
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safety? Just about squeeze past that. Is he going to cover this

:46:15.:46:25.
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red? I pink he has. -- I think he A might just be OK here, he has

:46:42.:46:48.

played for the blue to the middle, but, being a left-hander, it is not

:46:48.:46:52.

enough to send it past the green, but can he control the cue ball to

:46:52.:47:02.
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get on one of those reds that are I think he can. He has got a slight

:47:04.:47:07.

angle and he can find the gap for that red to the right of the black,

:47:07.:47:16.

but he will have to be so precise with this. And he has found the gap.

:47:16.:47:26.
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That is a great shot. And he can That seems good. He made a 66 in a

:47:42.:47:52.
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previous friend, so he has got It is going to be interesting to

:47:56.:48:01.

see what he does to the black, after potting this red. A couple of

:48:01.:48:08.

reds still available, and he has left himself an awkward shot, that

:48:09.:48:14.

was a little bit careless with the cue ball. He could have left the

:48:14.:48:17.

half ball pot, and gone straight into the reds with those two at the

:48:17.:48:27.

back of the bunch as a bit of Has to leave himself the more

:48:27.:48:37.
:48:37.:48:41.

difficult pot into the middle He is running through it. He cannot

:48:41.:48:51.
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come back for the black. He is The one other ingredient you need

:49:05.:49:10.

as a top class the good player is to have a lot of bottle, and this

:49:10.:49:16.

player certainly has caught that. He lost three frames in succession

:49:16.:49:26.
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to go 5-4 down. Responded with a 66 break, to level. And now, one good

:49:29.:49:35.

shot, but it is not a good bunch to go into, he does not have any red

:49:35.:49:43.

as a decent insurance. That was always going to be the problem. He

:49:43.:49:52.

holds his hands up to the heavens. Marco Fu will be delighted to see

:49:52.:50:02.
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that outcome. He is looking on to the issue of Marco Fu! It was not a

:50:04.:50:07.

good pack to go into, you cannot always be guaranteed to finish

:50:07.:50:17.
:50:17.:50:29.

nicely -- -- under the shoe. Why me, Surely not a double to get him out

:50:29.:50:39.
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of trouble. He might have left the Marco will just be pleased that

:50:57.:51:03.

that went wrong, and he is still in the frame and match. He has caught

:51:03.:51:08.

the red up to the left of the brown, he has looked at the possibility of

:51:08.:51:13.

a double, also, because of the doubles the red it is a free shot,

:51:13.:51:16.

he would finish on the black and the only shot he would leave would

:51:16.:51:21.

be the one he would try and double, so he is weighing up the

:51:21.:51:28.

percentages. He's trying to avoid the long pot, because his long pot

:51:28.:51:32.

success is 15% and this match, which is not great, to say the

:51:32.:51:42.
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least. Here we go, for the double. And Mark Allen might be tempted

:51:44.:51:50.

with the long red. If he can screw back for the black, the five reds

:51:50.:51:57.

are all covering each other, so, one good, long pot and screw back

:51:57.:52:07.
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for the black, and he could get And he might just have to play

:52:17.:52:22.

another little cannon, but it is definitely on, cannon the two reds

:52:22.:52:27.

there, and that will open everything up. He has played the

:52:27.:52:32.

cannon. He did not have to hit it that hard. It has finished

:52:32.:52:37.

awkwardly. If he just leaves the red -- the white there, without

:52:37.:52:41.

finishing it that -- hitting it that hard, it has just finished a

:52:41.:52:51.
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little awkwardly. Will he get another chance? I would be

:52:54.:52:59.

surprised if he did. Mark Allen is very strong under pressure. This is

:52:59.:53:04.

the second chance after the First split went wrong, but this one is

:53:04.:53:13.

not too bad. Just a fraction either way, and he would have had a sitter.

:53:13.:53:23.
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Writer in the middle of the pocket. He may be dead straight on this

:53:31.:53:36.

blue. Going round to look at the pink, but that looks far too thin a

:53:36.:53:43.

contact, so back to the blue. All he can do is come back in a

:53:43.:53:46.

straight line. He must be absolutely dead straight on this

:53:46.:53:55.

blue. Being a left-hander, much better leaving this one to the

:53:55.:54:05.
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right of the four. What a I think that difference, Terry,

:54:09.:54:16.

there is nothing between the two players, but he has been the more

:54:16.:54:26.
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aggressive player in the closing Marco had the chance in the

:54:27.:54:30.

previous frame and was probably just a little bit more tentative

:54:30.:54:39.

than Mark Allen has been. But what a performance, 4-2 down, but it all

:54:40.:54:49.
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might be ending. -- might be in He has played a good match, though,

:54:54.:55:01.

Dennis, lots of good stuff from both players. I have enjoyed every

:55:01.:55:11.
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Fair play to Mark Allen. It is a pity there had to be a loser. But

:55:26.:55:35.

he will be absolutely delighted. Marco Fu's had a great run in the

:55:35.:55:39.

sure's UK Championship, knocked out the world number one Mark Selby,

:55:39.:55:43.

and when he went 5-4 in front, would like he was going to beat

:55:43.:55:53.
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It is a great feeling when you're walking around potting balls when

:55:55.:56:05.
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Asked Terry said, it has been a terrific quarter final -- as Terry

:56:11.:56:21.
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He won't bother about that. It has been a very entertaining match.

:56:30.:56:34.

Played in a great spirit, but in the end it is the man from Northern

:56:34.:56:38.

Ireland who has won the last two frames to get himself into the

:56:38.:56:42.

semi-finals for the second year in a row, and he runs out a winner,

:56:42.:56:49.

and being congratulated there, by the closest of margins, 6-5. Well

:56:49.:56:54.

done to both players. Confirmation that Mark Allen is through to his

:56:54.:56:58.

second successive semi-final of the UK championship, and he faces Ricky

:56:58.:57:07.

Walden. Mark Allen is getting his wish, playing 17 frames. Yes, and

:57:07.:57:11.

up against a very good player in Ricky Walden. Difficult to predict

:57:11.:57:15.

the winner. Similar to the one today. Anyone who reaches the stage

:57:15.:57:21.

of the tournament has got to be cueing very well. Especially, Ricky

:57:21.:57:25.

Walden comes into this tournament in great form. Mark Allen seems to

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be finding form. Tremendous competitor. His record in final

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frames must be far more winning than losing. I have never seen him

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lose a final frame. That Robertson- Trump matches beautifully poised at

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4-4. Will it be won by great play or lost because of mistakes? Heart

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to tell. It is going to go right to the Wire. They're usually is at

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turning-point summer, I missed shot on a little bit of luck. A few

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people seem to think the winner of that match will win the UK

:58:09.:58:14.

championship, and I would not agree with that. Thank you very much. It

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has been a joy to be alongside three world champions, Ken Doherty,

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