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Snooker Masters: Mark Allen sure he can be master in Marco Fu showdown

By Robert Jones

Mark Allen is approaching his big Dafabet Masters quarter-final clash against Marco Fu at Alexandra Palace tonight full of confidence.

The Ulsterman, who beat John Higgins 6-5 in a first round thriller, feels if he can produce his best form he can beat anyone.

"I can battle hard and never give up. That's one of my best attributes. It'll stand me in good stead when I find that good form I'm looking for," he said.

"I like to think that I can raise my game against the very best players in the world."

Mark Selby capitalised on a stroke of cruel luck for Mark Williams to reach the quarter-finals of the £600,000 event.

World number one Selby stayed on course to add the Masters to the World Championship and UK trophies, edging out Williams 6-5.

It seemed Williams was on course to cause a major upset when he began to build a break in the deciding 11th frame, only for a kick on the blue to send the ball fractionally off its intended course.

Selby produced an 89 break to take frame and match.

Selby sympathised with the two-time former Masters champion, as he kept his own bid for a fourth triumph alive.

"It's one of those where if I'm playing it I'll probably punch it in to take the kick out of the equation," Selby said.

"But that's the way Mark plays, he always rolls everything and he's won so much in the game by doing that, so why should he change his game? It's just very unfortunate."

Barry Hawkins reached the Masters final last year, losing 10-1 as Ronnie O'Sullivan lifted the trophy.

It was a clinical Hawkins who returned to the venue last night, showing his best form to beat Shaun Murphy 6-1 and set up a last-eight clash with Selby.

Breaks of 79, 89, 85 and 50 from left-hander Hawkins condemned 2015 champion Murphy to an early exit.

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