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Last 16 - Part 3

Jason Mohammad introduces fourth-round action from the Barbican Centre in York.


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Welcome back to the Barbican, day

two of the last 16. A lot of snooker

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to catch up on, since you have been

away. John Parrott and Ken Doherty

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still alongside me. We are focusing

on Shaun Murphy, the 2008 UK

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champion, taking on Ricky Walden

afternoon. Murphy leads by a 6-3.

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When you left, Shaun Murphy was

leading by 3-1 at the mid-session

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interval, firing in a brilliant

break in frame three. And he needed

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just one to book a place in the

quarterfinals against King. We

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joined it in the early stages of the

next frame with Alan McManus and

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Dennis Taylor.

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I'm not sure if that red next to the

black is great, there are other reds

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he can play. If it goes into the

right corner, he may not be able to

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get to it this time but there's

plenty of room, as you can see. And

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he's played at that side of the

table so he has got the red at the

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back of the bunch and he can get

nicely on the black and do something

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about the red. It is making that

like a little awkward.

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He had to go for the blue because he

was dead straight on that red.

Just

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that shot there was typical of the

modern game. He potted a

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straightforward red and deliberately

played for a long blue. Did not even

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think twice about it.

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Welcome he has got the angle now on

the blue to play for that red next

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to the black.

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These are little shots whether cue

action comes in handy. These are

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missable. Clean as a whistle. Does

not mind leaving the cue ball near

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the side cushion, Shaun Murphy. He's

such a good potter. A great asset to

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have.

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It has certainly opened up the reds

with that shot and if he can get to

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67 points as you can see with the

side bar, he's into the next round.

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He does not want to hit the blue!

That is the worst possible outcome.

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He's great with the rest. Boy, this

is going to be difficult. I don't

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think he can get through to the

green either. We keep saying he's

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the best in the world with the rest,

he needs a good one here. Oh, look

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at that shot. But as we show you the

great pot again, if the red does not

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pass the yellow, from the corner

that he potted the blue, that is

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very tight. Half a pocket, you would

say. Well, what a test of the cue

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action. Only that much pocket

available to you.

Yes, he doesn't

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like it, it does go but probably not

even in the middle of the pocket.

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No. Once again, he has done all the

hard work, Shaun Murphy, to get into

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a prime position. And it was a prime

position. But the ramp -- but the

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red and the blue, why he did not go

for a baulk colour, no idea. You

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don't want to be critical of

players. He did all the hard work.

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This is the red, it actually makes

the pot easier. Not for a baulk

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colour. Ricky Walden is in the last

chance saloon. The match mentally is

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probably gone right now. We speak

about pride performance. He would

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just want to show this Barbican

crowd what he can do. You never

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know. You just have to hang in there

as long as you can. It can happen.

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The only way it will not happen is

if you mentally give up.

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I'm going to give him the benefit of

the doubt, I think he got a heavy

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contact. Let's have a look at this.

That did kick and that might be his

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last shot for this year at the UK

Championship.

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Not a nice way to lose a match. But

he's 5-1 behind. Just a

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straightforward little pot. And you

would know it was a kick because the

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white finished where it did.

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If Shaun does prevail and win this

match this afternoon, you would have

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to say he's playing very well. But

he can do better. Concentration

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wise, he hasn't been up to it today,

missing too many simple balls and

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too many elementary mistakes, but

increasingly likely he will go

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through the play Mark King tomorrow.

Yes, you would need to be in the 93

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department. With pot success rate.

He did have a century, Shaun.

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Another couple of 50 plus, 49 break.

Ricky Walden just missed too many

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pots this afternoon. And Mark King

is waiting for Shaun Murphy, as

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Allen said. Rob Walker introduced

him as Kojak and he was in his seat.

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Somebody gave him a lollipop. And he

obliged by sucking on a lollipop

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throughout the match. What a win

against John Higgins! But he will

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have to be on his guard to beat

Shaun. Well, they will not go in at

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that pace, but Ricky Walden... He

did not play well, but he

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congratulates Shaun Murphy. The

former champion goes through to the

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quarterfinal, eating Ricky Walden by

6-1. -- beating.

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You know, I played nicely, there was

some shots that did not quite go to

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plan and on another day, I think

Ricky being a bit more clinical

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might have punished me and we might

still have been playing. The game

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turns on a little mistake here all

that. I have lost matches from 3-1

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ahead and 4-1 ahead and you can

never afford to take your foot off

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the gas and I finished the match

nicely. I'm playing with a lot of

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confidence. I'm seeing opportunities

when I play rather than seeing the

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potential problems that can happen.

My attitude to the game has changed

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slightly. I would probably give my

game a seven, going on to eight this

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week. I'm a couple of shots here or

there, a couple of bad moments of

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the cue ball, not putting it in the

right place, from playing really

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clinical one visit to snooker. If I

can sort that, it could be

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dangerous.

A very good assessment of where

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he's. A good assessment of where

he's this afternoon.

He's always

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extremely honest. He's not stupid,

he's bright and he knows the

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situation, 6-1 was a very square --

very flattering scoreline, Ricky

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Walden did not play anything like he

can do and did not take his

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opportunities. On another day, it

might have been three or four each.

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He's hitting the ball well enough to

win the tournament, no doubt, it is

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the unforced errors and little

lifelines to his opponent when it

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looks like he winning frames.

Interesting hearing Shaun talking

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that he could be dangerous, he's

going to be a very dangerous

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opponent for anyone if he irons out

those mistakes.

Every now and again

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he might make a century break and

then he misses on 40 the easiest

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round and he did that a couple of

times against Ricky Walden. Against

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the top players like Ronnie

O'Sullivan or the other players

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playing really well in this

tournament, he will get punished. He

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has the cut out those little

mistakes and on his day, he's a

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handful for anybody and one of the

best players in the world.

This

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afternoon, we would talking about

Ricky Walden playing with his back

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injuries. He once made a semifinal

of the Crucible and you look at him

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now and you think, where is the

Ricky Walden from a few years ago?

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He's making inroads to come back, he

has had good results. In the last

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round, he beat Kyren Wilson by 6-2

who is a very good player. He just

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did not play well today, he did not

play anything like he can do, but

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he's on the way back from having a

bad back and terrible health issues,

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he will be glad to be near the

business end of a major tournament

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but a little disappointed he did not

do his stuff today.

Firm favourite

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for the UK Championship is Ronnie

O'Sullivan who is back in action

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this evening. He's taking on the

Thai 22-year-old sensation Sunny

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Akani.

I'm feeling very good and

very happy about myself. I'm very,

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very happy to play with Ronnie in

the next match. It is my dream to

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play with Ronnie. He's one of my

idols.

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It is fantastic to play with him.

The first match of snooker, it was

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with Stephen Hendry against Ken

Doherty in the World Championship in

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1997. I like Ronnie. Selby, Judd

Trump. It is not the same, Ronnie is

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very very good at beating the best

in the world. Mark Selby, his game

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is very good. Judd Trump, he's

really attacking, he's very

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accurate. And Stephen Hendry, he's a

machine. That is the biggest match

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of my career and my dream match to

play with Ronnie and very happy and

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very surprised. Fantastic. Excited,

displaying Ronnie's shots. Hopefully

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I will not miss a shot, not miss a

safety.

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What a great interview, that is on

BBC Two. Lovely to hear talking

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about a dream come true especially

after dumping Barry Hawkins.

To beat

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Barry Hawkins 6-0, not many players

would have that on their CV and he

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played superbly well. A lovely young

chap who goes round with his father,

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forever on the practice table. When

he wins and he loses, he's out

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there. I think he's going to really

enjoy it.

This is this afternoon

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when he popped into the practice

room. What a lovely interview and

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refreshing to hear him talking about

watching his heroes and coming up

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against them tonight.

Yes, fantastic

match, great experience all week.

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That is a great result the Hawkins

so you have you have to have

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confidence. As ever, so important at

the beginning of these matches to

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get a good start. Just a couple of

chances and getting involved, who

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knows what can happen? But you have

to be careful, if Ronnie starts

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quickly, who knows?

What would you

say, be relaxed and enjoyed it?

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Exactly, play as if you have nothing

to lose. Go out and smile and enjoy

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it and keep as calm as possible.

Fantastic stuff and we wish him the

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best, you can see that on BBC Two.

This is what is happening in the

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other match today, Martin Gould

taking on Xiao Guodong, of China.

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When we left it, it was 2-2. We are

now joining it in frame five and

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Martin Gould has a 30 point lead, it

is Xiao to play commentary from

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Stephen Davies and Stephen Hendry.

-- Steve Davis.

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Scoring opportunity for Xiao

Guodong. A lovely angle to go into

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the bunch of greens. A big target.

He might not feel that way inclined

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at the moment. He might not feel

that confident. It could not be

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better on the green. He doesn't seem

to have, when I have seen him as a

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youngster, he doesn't have the sea

there he doesn't seem to have the

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flowing cue action. I can't remember

the word used for it, Steve.

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Unflowing. He has put the cue ball

in exactly the same position now to

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go into the pack of reds. You might

as well have done it before. Perhaps

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he will choose another positional

shot.

Yes, well played. He did not

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go into the reds but it has turned

out perfectly because he can stun

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this red into the same pocket.

It

does beg the question, why did you

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not do it the first time? You could

not guarantee he would get it

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perfect on the green, the second.

Regardless, this is now a great

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chance. And at some stage in this

match, you would expect the

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standards to rise. Maybe it is who

gets off the ground first.

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Yes, everyone has bad days, no

doubt. Whoever wins this match, they

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know to play like this in the next

round. Against whom we presume it

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will be Ronnie O'Sullivan, no

disrespect his opponent. They will

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have to play a lot better. They are

going to be sat on their chair for a

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long time, otherwise.

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I think the only red that is notable

after this is to the right of the

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three, the right corner or the left

middle.

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It looks to be quite straight, the

black. So screw back and a touch to

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the right-hand side. Take the cue

ball up the table.

Not the best

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angle but he should get it right.

He

played it nicely. Even if he's not

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straight on the red, he can stomach

the cue ball through, the black into

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the same pocket, he could possibly

play the top spin to move the reds

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to the top middle, but I think the

stun is the shot.

He's going to need

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these remaining three reds.

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Cannon on the pink is ideal. Well

played. Playing with a little more

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with them, Xiao Guodong, taking

these well so far. -- more rhythm.

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He does not really want to be

straight on the black, that is Kelis

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if he's. The shot he played

previously, the screw-back shot, if

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he overdoes it, he could snooker

himself with the pink.

I don't know

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if he has checked to see if there's

a plant into the left-hand corner.

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Because of the pink, that was the

other side.

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He overhit that somewhat, and now

this red is permissible. He just got

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a bit too much into it.

Yes, the

last thing he wanted was frame ball.

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To be difficult.

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It would be a horrible ending to

this break, should you miss it.

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He got a kick on that. It is not his

fault he got a kick, but it was his

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fault he was out of position.

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It could be a big moment in this

match.

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He kind of playback shot like a hit

and hope. Did not seem to have a

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plan to get on a colour. -- he kind

of played that shot. Yellow and

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brown. Yes, this could be a bit of a

moment in this match. Xiao Guodong

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should have been 3-2 ahead by now.

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I think I'm correct in saying that

Martin Gould is still in with a

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chance of sneaking in to the top 16

in the race to the Masters. If that

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information has changed, I do

apologise for my lack of knowledge.

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But I think yesterday, he was in the

race. Depends on the results, of

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course.

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Well, because the pink is not on its

spot, Martin Gould has played the

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pink to the left but it seems to

have gone to the cushion a lot

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quicker than it went on.

A lot of

big bouncers we have had at the UK

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Championship. It seems to have been

something we have not had to

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discuss. So this is a tricky cutback

to hold for black.

He hit it very

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nicely. To get over the

disappointment of whether cue ball

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has ended up. So that was an

excellent frame, Xiao Guodong should

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have got it and did not get position

on the last red and Martin Gould

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takes the lead on 3-2.

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Martin Gould is back in front. This

is frame six and it is Xiao to play.

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A good recovery from Guodong. A

little bit of work to be done with

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the implements. Across the face of

the black, it looks like, a bit of

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screw back. Strange. What happened

there? It must have just caught the

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red, bounced the white ball a

fraction. He thought he could screw

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back without touching that. Well,

even though I said it looked like it

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was not going to be Guodong's day,

he is not in an awful position, it

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is just his general standard he

needs to increase if he is going to

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win. He is a player in this game

that could potentially just fall

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over the line. It would be like

pulling teeth. If it happens that

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way. But a win is a win.

Two reds in

the pink spot, I don't know if the

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bottom one will go into the top

corner. He obviously doesn't think

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that. Sometimes you need to be a

player down at the table to see the

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real angle, whether it goes or not.

You feel for his own belief in

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winning this match that he has to

win this frame at this visit. If he

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keeps failing, his confidence keeps

taking a hit, you wonder how he can

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come back from it.

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Couldn't keep position on the blue,

but always nice to have the Bal dock

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colours

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but always nice to have the Bal dock

colours available. Let up of danger

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with those three reds to the right,

could find yourself in a positional

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trap. So, he's playing down the

right-hand side of the table. Looks

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to have over-screwed this by some

distance... That's a long way out.

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So, this red into the middle pocket

wasn't the one he played, but has a

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chance, obviously.

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Although you could say he was

fortunate to have that red, he was

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that far out with his position, but

it was a good pot.

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35 ahead. Red, colour, red.

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So, very similar to the last frame.

Frame ball, he's left one which is

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missable.

Doesn't have to play

position, though. Should do, but

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doesn't have to.

STEVE DAVIS: Position was more or

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less automatic. So he'll be feeling

a bit better inside, that he's

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survived a little bit of a storm.

STEPHEN HENDRY: Yeah, as you said

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before, Steve, although the last

couple of frames he has had a couple

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of 60 breaks, he's not been playing

well, but he's still 3-3.

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50 points find - very unlikely that

you could get into the match from

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this position. So, barring snookers

it will be 3-3 arablea real

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topsy-turvy affair, this. Zarco

Donald Penn made it 4-3. Martin

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Gould then knocked in a couple of

breaks to draw level again. Let's

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take you to frame nine, with Stephen

Hendry and Steven Davis.

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STEVE DAVIS: Well, Martin Gould

hoping to reap the rewards from his

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excellent safety shot.

STEPHEN HENDRY: And talking about

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your scenario before, Steve, talking

about winning the last two frames in

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one visit - I would fancy Martin

Gould to be the more capable of

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doing that, winning if quick frames.

-- winning two quick frames of. I

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think when he gets in, his

positional play is just that little

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bit tighter than Xiao Guodong's.

He

missed that by miles!

Perhaps his

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rest play is not good enough!

That

is an astonishing distance! He must

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have got unwanted side spin on it.

The cue ball has ended up nowhere

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near where he wanted it.

Xiao

Guodong can play a very aggressive

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shot here, if he chooses, pot it and

screw the cue ball through the reds,

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put them everywhere. He would have

to be very unlucky not to be on a

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colour.

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Just got a duty to much forward

momentum on the cue ball, it started

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to go forwards first, before it

started to come back. Well, we've

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seen Martin miss a lot easier

chances than this. Straight cueing,

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shots you practice all day long.

Let's see how hard he hits this...

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No need to hit it hard. Hit kids do,

though. Why is he screwing back?

Why

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is he screwing back?! To get the

right side of a red, but I mean,

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that red over the pocket... It makes

that shot so much more difficult.

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Putting the extra pace in means that

the ball won't drop in the whole. I

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don't think you would have seen

Ronnie O'Sullivan play that shot as

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hard.

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Yeah, the priority there was just

potting the blue.

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He's out on the table, he can see

where that red is over the middle

0:35:220:35:25

pocket. If he just pots the blue and

stuns it dead. Surely he can get it

0:35:250:35:34

back down the table again. I would

love to know what was going through

0:35:340:35:37

his mind there.

0:35:370:35:42

This is tight - enough room, though.

0:35:450:35:49

Now, will he risk cropping on the

black? -- dropping. Oh, dear.

Well,

0:36:000:36:13

this is... This isn't good. He

didn't have much of a cheque before

0:36:130:36:20

he played that shot. That in itself

was an error, not knowing exactly

0:36:200:36:24

where the pink ball was going to

spot. He always had this red with

0:36:240:36:31

the extended rest, but not clever.

Can hit drop on the black? I don't

0:36:310:36:43

know if it's available to either

corner... Probably some sort of

0:36:430:36:48

cannon... Needs to be lucky here...

And he has been, what a result!

0:36:480:37:05

Well, he's played the aggressive

shot, I suppose you could say

0:37:080:37:10

fortune favours the brave. Just

about going to drop in.

0:37:100:37:22

That was in the middle when it

started, ended up going in off the

0:37:300:37:38

front jaw.

Well, here's a chance for

a frame-winning contribution. The

0:37:380:37:44

first one fell short with a poor

rest shot, but he shouldn't be

0:37:440:37:50

needing the rest for a while here,

if at all.

0:37:500:37:54

Didn't really want to come away from

the black, but must have felt he had

0:38:280:38:32

to.

0:38:320:38:37

Oh, and he's overhit that a little

bit. But there's a red below the

0:38:440:38:50

black that goes. Doesn't have to

stay on the black, as I said, he can

0:38:500:38:57

come back up the table. It's not

ideal, is it, Stephen?

I think he'll

0:38:570:39:04

play for blue here.

0:39:040:39:09

If he had gone the wrong side of the

pink there, could have come unstuck.

0:39:160:39:32

Well, he's kept this break going,

and now starting to look more like

0:39:560:40:01

prime position.

0:40:010:40:05

One more positional shot he's got to

get right, those five reds a bit

0:40:120:40:19

crowded. Ideally, he would like to

break them open and have an

0:40:190:40:27

insurance red, get one over the

corner. Perhaps he'll go into them

0:40:270:40:35

now... I'm not sure he's got the

angle. He would have liked to have

0:40:350:40:42

been lower on the black. He may have

to write the bullet and that

0:40:420:40:53

apartment. -- he may have to bite

the bullet. Guodong's only hope now,

0:40:530:41:02

that after this next black, that

somehow Martin Gould gets unlucky.

0:41:020:41:06

It's a he's chance. -- it's a slim

chance.

0:41:060:41:15

The red to the right of the five is

the one to cannon. He's played that

0:41:340:41:46

well. He has a choice of two reds to

either middle pocket. He's grimacing

0:41:460:41:54

slightly, but this one on the left

is OK, surely.

0:41:540:42:01

Still a good positional shot. Should

get this - and its frame over.

0:42:060:42:20

Surprise in miss on the red. 69

points in front. That was a careless

0:42:510:42:59

shot.

JASON MOHAMMED: However he still

0:42:590:43:08

took the frame, and Martin is now

one frame away from the

0:43:080:43:12

quarterfinals. Into the next frame,

Xiao to break.

0:43:120:43:23

STEVE DAVIS: I can't say that any

player is favourite at this moment.

0:43:230:43:26

STEPHEN HENDRY: Yeah, a player with

Martin Gould's experience should

0:43:260:43:32

have really seized that opportunity.

0:43:320:43:36

Wrong side of the blue, so further

away from the reds than he wanted.

0:43:480:43:53

From what we've seen so far, I can't

say that I'm absolutely confident of

0:43:530:43:56

this is going in.

0:43:560:44:04

Nice shot.

Yeah, in the end, it was

very well struck. But it's hard to

0:44:100:44:25

know how many chances in the frame

each player needs to get the job

0:44:250:44:29

done.

They are good for the morale,

though, when you knock one in,

0:44:290:44:43

especially after you've missed an

easy one.

Top spin is a strange

0:44:430:44:49

choice for me here. It would be very

hard to get right side of the blue.

0:44:490:45:00

Just looking at where the break is

going to end at the moment, aren't

0:45:000:45:05

you? It's terrible, but it's been

that type of game, you just fancy

0:45:050:45:10

that this is going to be a

frame-winning clearance. -- you just

0:45:100:45:18

don't fancy. But we're talking about

the best players in the world -

0:45:180:45:23

they're just having a bad day at the

office. It's not so easy to get back

0:45:230:45:31

out into open play.

He might choose

to use the bunch here, there's every

0:45:310:45:40

chance the cue ball will go up

towards that end of the table where

0:45:400:45:43

the colours are. He might possibly

be on the pink. Exactly what he

0:45:430:45:55

played, good shot.

That was good

thinking. Having criticised him for

0:45:550:46:06

some bad thinking - that was the

opposite. No! Actually I don't think

0:46:060:46:18

he's even on a red! From Martin

Gould's pass per if, once again,

0:46:180:46:25

you've got to be pleased he's missed

the blue. -- from Martin Gould's

0:46:250:46:32

prospective. Does this one go past

the, which yes, it does have.

0:46:320:46:48

If you can't win the match from

here, you can have no excuses.

Well,

0:46:500:46:56

he's 37 points behind, so he's

basically looking at a clearance.

0:46:560:47:08

If he doesn't do it from here, it's

only the situation and the fact that

0:47:090:47:15

he's not playing with full

confidence. Another shake of the

0:47:150:47:18

head - not where he wanted the cue

ball to be.

Looks as if he had a bad

0:47:180:47:25

contact there that took some of the

spin off the cue ball. Didn't sound

0:47:250:47:31

like one.

He might choose to play

the cannon on the pink, leave the

0:47:310:47:40

pink to the right middle here.

Pretty straightforward shot - but I

0:47:400:47:47

think at this stage nothing's

straightforward.

Could go off two

0:47:470:47:50

cushions... A bit short of pace

perhaps... That's a sign of tension.

0:47:500:48:02

Yeah, tension in the arm. Blue in

and out of baulk is never certain

0:48:020:48:10

position the. -- never certain

positionally. There's a lot at stake

0:48:100:48:23

for Martin Gould.

0:48:230:48:34

I think he's still involved the

mix-up for the race to the Masters.

0:48:340:48:39

Couldn't have played that much

better.

I was going to say, that

0:48:390:48:43

could be the match-winning shot.

Sometimes when you play a perfect

0:48:430:48:48

positional shot, it just gets you

right back in the right frame of

0:48:480:48:51

mind, when you're struggling for

position. Now he's in, I don't see

0:48:510:48:59

him going wrong from here.

0:48:590:49:02

Couldn't have slipped it up and

placed it better. Is they're going

0:49:100:49:13

to be one more twist? Will can hit

it over the line in style here? --

0:49:130:49:25

or can he get over the line?

Shaking

his head. He got in perfect has

0:49:250:49:34

issued but then managed to leave

himself the cannon, which he's done

0:49:340:49:39

very well. Just a series of little

stuns and screws now. Yeah,

0:49:390:49:58

sometimes playing off the blue

there's less Prussia than playing

0:49:580:50:02

off the back. You've got four

pockets to play for, rather than

0:50:020:50:09

two. -- less pressure.

0:50:090:50:16

STEVE DAVIS: Wouldn't want to leave

himself dead straight on the pink.

0:50:260:50:33

The line he's got on the red is

perfect to make sure that he doesn't

0:50:330:50:38

leave himself dead straight. So, pot

the pink, off the side cushion, out

0:50:380:50:49

into the open table - it really is a

gilt-edged chance now to get over

0:50:490:50:54

the line.

Would you go up for the

green here, Steve?

Well, he should

0:50:540:51:02

do. If he feels he's absolutely

plumb on it, he could play for the

0:51:020:51:13

blue, but really, if there is any

tension in the arm, the green is a

0:51:130:51:16

safer option.

That's perfect on the

blue, but if he had got straight on

0:51:160:51:28

the blue...

Yeah. Green gives more

opportunities, but he looks good, he

0:51:280:51:36

looks like he's got himself together

and composed. He takes the lead by

0:51:360:51:43

eight points. So, he needs up to the

blue.

0:51:430:51:50

A little bit further away from the

green than would have been

0:52:070:52:10

comfortable. Does he have to screw

for the brown to the same pocket? He

0:52:100:52:20

played it well. That's normally the

big shot in clearing the colours,

0:52:200:52:27

getting perfectly on the brown.

Should be automatic from here.

0:52:270:52:31

Steeling himself for the big effort

to pot these two balls. He's done

0:52:370:52:50

well, Martin Gould. He was 4-3 down,

his won three frames in a row. Xiao

0:52:500:52:57

Guodong has had plenty of chances to

get back in this match. The crowd

0:52:570:53:04

applauds, that's much more. It's

been a good break, this, from Martin

0:53:040:53:08

Gould. It's not been a pretty much

to watch, by any means, but that

0:53:080:53:16

doesn't matter from Martin Gould,

who wins 6-4 to go through to the

0:53:160:53:21

quarterfinals.

0:53:210:53:23

Martin, good clearance and a big

win?

Definitely. It was a strange

0:53:280:53:34

game, ebbing and flowing, I was

going in front, he was going in

0:53:340:53:37

front. It was one of those where I

don't think either of us really got

0:53:370:53:41

our true game together. Thankfully,

I used a bit of knowledge and

0:53:410:53:46

experience in the last two to make

two good clearances, but I'm

0:53:460:53:51

delighted to be through.

It's your

second UK quarterfinal in three

0:53:510:53:54

years, so FI putting a decent run

together here in York?

There must be

0:53:540:54:00

something about Christmas time,

because the last couple of

0:54:000:54:02

Christmases I've had a good run at

some point. So, yeah, looks like

0:54:020:54:09

there will be a fair few more

Christmas presents having to be

0:54:090:54:12

bought at some point this year.

It

has been a good season so far -

0:54:120:54:16

semifinalist at the International

Championship, things look like

0:54:160:54:21

they're clicking for you?

Yeah, to

be fair, apart from the first event

0:54:210:54:25

of the season, I've qualified for

everything. It's not like I've not

0:54:250:54:29

been playing half decent, it's just

I've not really had the good results

0:54:290:54:33

to show. And the last couple of

events, Shanghai, now this,

0:54:330:54:38

everything is starting to work

towards the main target, which is

0:54:380:54:44

obviously the World Championships at

the end of the season. So,

0:54:440:54:47

everything's going along nicely, so

just keep wheels in motion.

And

0:54:470:54:52

potentially, although he is not

guaranteed to be your opponent, but

0:54:520:54:55

in all likelihood it will be Ronnie

O'Sullivan - what an occasion that

0:54:550:54:59

would be?

Yeah, it would be,

definitely. Tact house, obviously, I

0:54:590:55:04

don't think many people would expect

in me to win, and the crowd will

0:55:040:55:11

certainly be on Ronnie's side I know

what I can do on my given day. If it

0:55:110:55:17

means that I'm playing him tomorrow,

then let the show begin.

Well done.

0:55:170:55:30

Mohamed label fair play to Martin

Gould, he's been saying all week he

0:55:300:55:34

is feeling confident and in the

groove?

Yeah, it is a lovely way to

0:55:340:55:38

win a match. Stephen made the point

in commentary, he made two really

0:55:380:55:44

good frames, 69 and 66 to get over

the line.

Yeah, very good, the way

0:55:440:55:50

he finish off. He can do that. When

he gets on run, it doesn't matter

0:55:500:55:55

who he is playing in the next match,

he won't care, he worries about

0:55:550:55:58

himself, and that's the best way to

be.

Rob and Martin were just talking

0:55:580:56:03

about Ronnie O'Sullivan, and he

takes on the man who is practising

0:56:030:56:08

in there, big occasion for the young

man?

Yeah, massive, the biggest in

0:56:080:56:12

his career so far. We mentioned

earlier, go and enjoy it, come out

0:56:120:56:17

with a smile on your face, all part

of the learning curve, you never

0:56:170:56:21

know.

Absolutely, with seems strange

results.

Yeah, we've had some shots

0:56:210:56:26

this week but it's going to be a

great occasion for him.

Boys, really

0:56:260:56:30

enjoyed your company as well. That's

our first match tonight on BBC Two

0:56:300:56:35

at seven o'clock. And later on this

evening, the highlights. Thank you

0:56:350:56:40

very much indeed for watching. Bye

for now.

0:56:400:56:48

Jason Mohammad introduces fourth-round action from the Barbican Centre in York.