Judd Trump tipped Kyren Wilson for the World Snooker crown after seeing his title defence come crashing down at the quarter-final stage at the hands of the World No.8.
The Bristol potter had scooped six ranking event titles this season ahead of his trip to the Crucible, but the 30-year-old's hopes of becoming the only first-time winner to retain his crown since the tournament moved to its current venue in 1977 were dashed by the hugely impressive Wilson, who led for the majority of the match and ultimately dealt the World No.1 a 13-9 defeat.
"He's definitely my favourite to go on and win the title now," Trump said. "His long potting was brilliant over the three sessions and it looks like he's improved a lot.
"Everyone knows we didn't get on with each other that well in the past but that's changed now. I think it's great for the game if there's someone else in my age group to compete against for the next 10 to 15 years and I'm looking forward to our next battle."
Trump made breaks of 72, 100 and 62 to reduce his overnight disadvantage from 10-6 to 11-9 in the final session, but Wilson stylishly closed the game out with a break of 104 to seal his spot in the Crucible last-four for only the second time in his career.
He said: "I'm obviously delighted with the win. Really, it doesn't matter who you beat when you've made it to the world semi-finals, but to do it by beating Judd does make it that little bit sweeter.
"I've got a lot of respect for him. I'm striving to achieve what he has in the game and to have a rival in the sport who's about the same age can only be good for the sport."
Mark Selby's march towards a fourth world title continued as he got the better of Australian Neil Robertson 13-7 in their quarter-final clash.
The 37-year-old, who last lifted the trophy in 2017, will face either Mark Williams or Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last-four, with the Rocket having recovered from being 7-2 down to set up a tense finish in yesterday evening's session.
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