Judd Trump beats Mark Allen to move into Masters quarter-finals

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  • Judd Trump
    Judd Trump
    English snooker player
  • Mark Allen
    Northern Irish snooker player
  • Stuart Bingham
    English snooker player
  • Kyren Wilson
    English snooker player

Judd Trump moved into the Masters quarter-finals after edging out Mark Allen 6-5 at Alexandra Palace.

Trump made 101 breaks either side of a 92 from Allen to go 2-1 up and went 3-2 ahead with an 88 before the Northern Irishman won back-to-back frames to lead 4-3.

Allen then failed to take a great chance to make it 5-3 as Trump levelled, and the world number two went on to move 5-4 in front via a 135, the highest break of the tournament at that point.

After Allen subsequently claimed frame 10 to force a decider, Trump wrapped up victory with a break of 62.

The 32-year-old Englishman – who won the competition in 2019, a year after Allen – said in a post-match interview: “Wow. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’ve lost a few close ones this season and to battle back there…

“It’s just you lose the belief when you lose these close games, but to finish how I did, I’m so proud of myself.”

Trump had given a small fist pump after drawing level at 4-4, and when asked about that, he said: “Normally I’m quite reserved, but I couldn’t help it, with this crowd in here. They pick you up, and I love the sort of rowdiness of this London crowd, it’s amazing.”

He added: “I’m just getting warmed up now. I’m so happy to still be in it.”

Trump’s quarter-final opponent will be Kyren Wilson, who got past Stuart Bingham in another contest that went down to a deciding frame.

Having been 3-0 and 4-1 down, 2020 champion Bingham – who saw Wilson call a foul on himself in the sixth – fought back with three successive frames, the third secured with a 139 break to surpass Trump’s mark.

Bingham then registered a 132 when drawing level once again at 5-5 before Wilson claimed frame 11 to clinch the match.

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