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Level up: Shaun Murphy took the last frame to make it 4-4

Level up: Shaun Murphy took the last frame to make it 4-4

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Level up: Shaun Murphy took the last frame to make it 4-4

World No.1 Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy were locked at 4-4 at the conclusion of an enthralling opening session in their World Championship quarter-final.

The quality on show from 2019 champion Trump and Murphy, the World No.7 and 2005 champion, was of the highest standard.

Every frame but one featured runs of 67 or higher as the pair slugged it out at the table, with Trump edging 4-3 ahead before Murphy took the last frame to level at 4-4 overnight.

The two players last met in February 2020 in the Welsh Open, where Murphy prevailed 5-3 in the quarter-final, but it was Trump who landed the opening blow at the Crucible.

Murphy had an excellent starting red and a couple of openings but could not make either count as Bristolian Trump pounced with a break of 87 to take the curtain-raising frame.

Both players appeared concerned by the cue ball in the opening stages and it was replaced before the second frame.

When Trump missed a red into the left middle, Murphy made no mistake as a break of 80 levelled the scores before they split the next two frames with 79 and 68 respectively.

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A thrilling fifth frame saw Murphy win a safety battle before being undone by a bad kick, only for Trump to break down on 44 as the 'Magician' hoovered up an 81.

But Trump took the sixth and seventh frames, compiling an excellent 105 in the latter, before Murphy scraped the day's final frame to leave the match perfectly poised.

Meanwhile, Mark Selby was in formidable form as he opened up a commanding 6-2 lead over fellow three-time world champion Mark Williams.

Earlier, Neil Robertson had converted two tons to establish a 5-3 lead over last year's runner-up Kyren Wilson in the opening session of their last-eight clash.

There was also little to choose between Stuart Bingham and Scotland's Anthony McGill with the scores all square at 7-7 last night.

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