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Fu battles to triumph over Trump

By Robert Jones

Marco Fu advanced to the quarter-finals of the Masters as he edged out Judd Trump 6-5 in an enthralling match at Alexandra Palace.

It was an arduous contest with neither man able to open more than a one-frame lead in the entire match, but 2011-finalist Fu claimed a decider which included nearly 40 minutes without a pot to progress.

Fu took the opener, but Bristolian Trump levelled things up and then secured a break of 87 in the third frame to move ahead.

The man from Hong Kong then hit back to make it 2-2 and registered a high break of 138 to get his nose back in front.

The nip-tuck play continued with Trump once again evening things up and he then hit a century of his own to edge 4-3 ahead.

Fu took the next two to move within a frame of victory, but Trump emerged victorious from a long safety battle to take the contest down to a deciding frame.

A longer safety battle ensued with no scoring for nearly 40 minutes, but when Fu eventually potted a red, he did not allow Trump back to the table and a break of 78 moved him into the quarter-finals.

Scotland's Stephen Maguire took his place in the last eight with a 6-4 win over Joe Perry.

A break of 112 gave Glaswegian Maguire the first frame and he took the second with a break of 80.

Perry hit back with a 78 break to win the third, but Maguire won the next three to take a 5-1 lead.

It was Perry's turn to win three-in-a-row to bring it back to 5-4, with a 106 break in the ninth frame, before Maguire sealed the win in the next frame.

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