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By Ben Parsons at the Crucible
Judd Trump cruised into the last 16 of the World Championship with a dominant 10-4 victory over Iranian debutant Hossein Vafaei.
Trump, 32, has had an underwhelming season by his sky-high standards, despite claiming two titles at the inaugural Turkish Masters and the Champion of Champions.
But the 2019 world champion found his groove as he asserted his control with a 6-3 overnight lead.
And the Bristol potter claimed four of the next five frames to progress through to the second round.
Trump lacked his free-flowing break-building with just four runs of over 50, but leaned on an impressive long game to ease through.
“I wasn’t at my brilliant best but there was a lot of good long potting,” he said.
“I never play my best in the first round ever so it’s just about improving as the tournament goes on.
The lineup for the second round of the Betfred World Snooker Championship is complete as @judd147t beats Hossain Vafaei 10-4.
However, Judd is yet to reach his best form.#ilovesnooker @wearewst pic.twitter.com/c8whLjuydb
— Betfred (@Betfred) April 21, 2022
“You want to get through the first couple of rounds unscathed, - and to beat him 10-4 - I'm happy with that."
Trump came into the Sheffield showpiece openly unhappy after suggesting he feels burned out following two draining seasons.
And his mood has not improved despite a comfortable start to his tilt for a second Crucible crown.
“Not really, no,” Trump said when asked if the win lifted him.
“I’ll be a lot happier when I’m on holiday, I think.
“When you get to a level and you’re not producing it all the time it’s difficult for anyone.
“But I feel a lot more comfortable and relaxed at this event with my friends and family here rather than doing it alone like I do in a lot of tournaments.”
Vafaei became the first Iranian player to walk out into the iconic Crucible cauldron.
And he believes his best is yet to come after ultimately being overpowered by world No.3 Trump.
“Judd was fantastic and the better player over two days," Vafaei said.
"He’s playing very well, didn’t miss anything and every time I was coming to the table I was in trouble.
“I’m very proud I made history for my country - it was a great journey and I’ve enjoyed it.
“I will come back stronger and this is just the beginning.”
Trump will meet Scotland’s Anthony McGill in the second round, starting on Saturday.