Tuesday 28 January 2020

Snooker: Trump rally sets up 'match everyone wants to see'

Judd Trump celebrates his win
Judd Trump celebrates his win

Judd Trump set up a semi-final showdown that Crucible audiences have been longing for after stopping Shaun Murphy at the Betfair World Championship.

With Ronnie O'Sullivan finishing off Stuart Bingham 13-4 after just one frame in last night's session, Trump earned his shot at the defending champion by winning a thriller 13-12 against Shaun Murphy.

Trump promised, when trailing 8-4 at Tuesday's evening mid-session interval, that he would tear his shirt off and throw it into the crowd if he came through. He might not have kept to that pledge, but the comeback was memorable enough, with Trump battling through a 53-minute final frame.

Having won five frames in a row to draw level at 8-8, Trump edged ahead for the first time since he pinched the match's opener as they began the concluding session.

Back came Murphy with 128, and from there until the tense decider the quality stayed stratospheric. Trump saw a 59 in the next frame countered by 70 from Murphy to sneak it on the black.

The theme of Trump inching ahead in the match and Murphy drawing level continued. Trump ploughed in further breaks of 77 and 90, and Murphy responded with 62 and 88, the latter forcing the match to a decider.

The table was messy throughout the final frame but Trump showed more adventure and the 23-year-old was rewarded for his positivity. When he clipped in the yellow, Murphy needed snookers. He could not find them, Trump slotted green and brown, and the pair shook hands.

"I'm very disappointed to lose, but that's one the best matches I've ever played," Murphy said. "He just played unbelievably from 8-3. It was a classic match; I'm obviously biased but I think that'll go down as one of the matches of the tournament."

Murphy gives Trump a chance against in-form O'Sullivan.

"I think it's probably the match everyone wanted to see," Murphy said. "It's a shame it's not the final. If anyone's got a chance of beating Ronnie, then it's Judd."

Trump was thrilled to survive the test of nerve, and said: "I'm happy, I'm really pleased to be into the semi-finals.

"But it was only one game. It's obviously tough coming from where I was behind. A lot of people wrote me off but friends, family and management all believed in me. I believed in myself and I'm just really proud to have come back.

"At 6-2 I was playing badly and I had to get out of there. I went away, had a sleep, and felt like a different person, and felt like I was going to play well."

Earlier, Barry Hawkins wrapped up a 13-7 win over Ding Junhui and set up a semi-final against Ricky Walden who beat Michael White 13-6.

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