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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Trump sets up Robertson quarter-final clash

Published 29/04/2014 | 02:30

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Judd Trump in action in the second round match against Ryan Day during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 28, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Judd Trump in action in the second round match against Ryan Day during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield
Neil Robertson reacts after winning his second round match against Mark Allen during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 28, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Neil Robertson

Judd Trump set up a mouthwatering quarter-final against world No 1 Neil Robertson after beating Ryan Day last night. Resuming the final session 10-6 in front, Trump lost the first frame of the night but reeled off the next three to book his clash with the in-form Australian.

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Earlier, Robertson came agonisingly closer to claiming his historic 100th century break of the season as he won four frames in a row to beat Northern Ireland's Mark Allen 13-7.

Robertson recorded breaks of 59, 69, 94 and 92 but missed a simple black with the hundred at his mercy and will hope for another chance against Trump.

"I was gutted because (Stephen) Hendry was in the commentary box as well and I would have loved to do it with him in there," Robertson said.

"Those last two frames I was like a cricketer on 190 or something like that. It was unfortunate. I missed the black with one red left and I thought I hit the black perfectly and I was about to celebrate but it rattled in the jaws.

"That frame there, I missed a really tough red down the cushion and I thought I hit it pretty good again but it wasn't to be. The snooker gods are going to keep you guys waiting a little bit longer."

Former champion Shaun Murphy will face Ronnie O'Sullivan after wrapping up a 13-8 victory over Marco Fu.

Resuming at 9-7, Murphy won the first three frames before Fu rallied with a break of 92 to narrow the deficit. An awkward break of 25 was enough to see Murphy over the line in the next round.

In the afternoon session, Dominic Dale claimed the one frame he needed to wrap up a 13-4 win over qualifier Michael Wasley and now plays Barry Hawkins. Alan McManus completes the quarter-final line-up against Mark Selby.

Irish Independent

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