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Trump shows class to stroll into semis

 

By Steve Simpson

Judd Trump returned to the semi-finals of the Masters after a stunning 6-2 victory against World number one Mark Selby.

The opening frame took almost three-quarters of an hour after Trump left the black ball in the jaws of a pocket and a tactical exchange followed.

A long drawn-out battle would usually suit Selby but, with the second frame also a tactical affair, it was Trump who pinched both to take a two-frame lead.

Selby pegged him back to 2-1, but Trump took control of the match with breaks of 81, 101, and 60.

Selby rallied briefly with a 110 clearance but Trump claimed victory in another prolonged 40-minute frame to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the fourth time.

Trump said: "It was a bit nervy at the end. A few of the frames took a long time and they are very important to win as it's a bit of a body blow to lose them after playing for 40 minutes.

"Mark is capable of coming back from any scoreline, really, but I've got the experience of losing leads before and I think that stands me in good stead.

"I felt winning the longer frames helped take the sting out of the match and I was able to close it out and it was comfortable."

Asked if he felt he had the game to go on and win the Masters, he added: "It's getting there. I've been a little bit nervy and I'd have liked to be a little more relaxed and enjoy it a bit more."

Trump will face Neil Robertson in tonight's second semi-final after the Australian beat Barry Hawkins 6-3 last night.

This afternoon's first semi-final sees Ronnie O'Sullivan up against Ding Junhui.

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