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Allen believes he can become the Master


By Charlie Bennett

Mark Allen thrashed Ronnie O'Sullivan yesterday and then declared he is ready to win the Dafabet Masters and end his wait for a triple crown title.

The Northern Ireland ace produced the upset of the tournament at the Alexandra Palace as he thumped the seven-time champion and pre-tournament favourite 6-1 to reach the semi-finals.

Antrim's Allen has always been regarded as one of the most talented players on tour, but he's not kicked on as expected and is yet to win one of snooker's three biggest titles - the World Championship, UK Championship or Masters.

But the 31-year-old thinks that could end this weekend after he produced a fine display against O'Sullivan to book a last-four match against John Higgins or Ryan Day.

"I knew coming here that there was possibly four matches ahead of me and I am here to win it," he said.

"Anything less than winning would be very disappointing, regardless if I'd gone out against Ronnie or anyone else.

"You cannot go out there and be scared of Ronnie, you have to go out there and impact the game itself and that's what I did.

"I have two matches to go, and if I play like I have so far then I have a good chance."

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