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Marco Fu shrugs off nerves to secure big quarter-final clash with Allen

By John Skilbeck

Marco Fu won a final-frame decider as he came from 3-0 down to defeat Judd Trump in the first round of the Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace, setting up a potentially feisty quarter-final showdown with Ulsterman Mark Allen tomorrow night.

Allen and Fu have history after the Antrim cueman alleged in 2012 that Fu had cheated in the past. He has always denied the allegations.

Fu trailed throughout a thrilling match until eventually claiming a 6-5 victory with his third century break.

World number four Trump took the opener with a century before adding the next two.

The 39-year-old Hong Kong player, a runner-up at the tournament in 2011, responded with breaks of 130 and 88, before Trump edged 4-2 ahead.

Fu once again fought back to within a frame and, after a century break apiece, levelled at 5-5.

He began with a fluke in the final frame and, although he briefly let Trump back in, Fu eventually won with a break of 102.

Speaking of his victory over Trump in the £600,000 event, world number eight Fu said: "I think I've kind of done it the hard way because I missed three balls and (have gone) 3-0 down and I definitely could've won the second and third frames.

"At the interval I felt okay, I just tried to concentrate on the good things I'd been doing; 94 per cent pot success and I'm 3-1 down so it's not bad.

"No matter how many tournaments you've won before, this is a different place.

"Coming to the Crucible or coming to the Masters, they give you an extra buzz, sometimes it can work against you if you're not feeling that great and, at the beginning, I was feeling the nerves, definitely.

"When I'm in good form, I manage the mistakes a lot better. Before, if I missed one shot, then that's over.

"But now I feel a bit stronger, if I miss two it doesn't matter, three it doesn't matter, just keep going."

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