Masters 2023: Judd Trump defeats Barry Hawkins to reach the semi-finals

Judd Trump won the Masters in 2019
Location: Alexandra Palace, London Appointment: January 8 – January 15
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Former champion Judd Trump came from behind to beat Barry Hawkins 6-5 and reach the Masters semi-finals.

Both players made numerous mistakes in a scrappy contest, but it was Trump who held on to progress.

The pair shared a century each and had traded frames at 4-4, Hawkins took the next but Trump’s ton forced a decider before he claimed victory.

Two other former winners are in action during the evening session, Shaun Murphy taking on Stuart Bingham.

Hawkins stroked in 110 and Trump made 69 as the first four frames were shared, but the standout 2019 champion was punished as he trailed 4-3.

Trump, 33, responded by scoring a sublime 143 – a tournament-high break – but Hawkins, 43, pulled away from a winning frame, aided by a red shot into the middle pocket.

Trump refused to be beaten and dug in with a cool 107 to take the game to the end, sealing the progression with a nerfless break of 81.

A delighted Trump told BBC Two: “I needed to go down 4-3 with a bit of pressure to come alive. The crowd is so good, it’s amazing to be involved here, the bigger the crowd, the better I want to play.

“The two games I felt so bad and nervous before, that’s the only reason I’m not playing well – the nerves. I seemed to relax, take control and feel better towards the end.”

Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry, working as a sports pundit at the BBC, added: “The sign of a truly great and world-class player is to produce the best snooker when your back is against the wall. . The frames he won at the end of the match were magnificent.”

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