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Masters snooker: Will Judd trump the field at the Ally Pally?

by Sean Goff | January 17, 2013
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ACE IN THE PACK: Judd Trump is favourite for the Masters title (pic: Getty)

By Andrew Robinson

The Masters is hotting up as the competition has reached the quarter-final stages, with some of the world’s top players set to go head-to-head in the run in to the final at Alexandra Palace.

Today sees the first two quarter finals taking place, with Neil Robertson playing Mark Allen and John Higgins going up against Shaun Murphy.

Robertson has been in great form in the tournament so far, but was put under huge pressure by Ding Junhui in the first round, having to come back from 5-3 down to take a tense 6-5 victory.

The Aussie really wants to pick up the title as screamed “You beauty!” after sinking the clinching red.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods when he rolls in a 12-footer to win a major, they all show emotion. It’s good to see passion.

The Aussie is the defending champion at The Masters, and is on offer at 9/2 with Paddy Power to retain his title.


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He’ll be taking on Allen in the quarter-final, with the Northern Irishman in fine form after a 6-2 win over Mark Davis. He’s 6/5 to knock out the champion and 8/1 to go all the way and lift the trophy.

Snooker’s hottest property, Judd Trump also made it through to the quarter-final stage, despite a huge scare against Barry Dawkins. The Ace was 5-3 down, even though he was wearing £2,000 shoes, but he got his potting together and claimed a tight 6-5 win.

Barry scored pretty heavily today and I don’t know how I have turned it around. I kept breaking down and the nudges were not happening for me today but I am glad to get through.

He’s 3/1 favourite to win outright but to do so he’s got to get past Graeme Dott, the former world champion. The Pocket Dynamo struggled against fellow Scot Steven Maguire, but scraped through 6-5 and is looking to get his career back on track after some lean years.

Mark Selby is into the quarters and looking for his third triumph at The Masters. He takes on Mark Williams, who is still doing it at the top of the game and looking for his third win in the prestigious event.

The pair came through tough opening matches and will be confident heading into the quarter-final. Williams is one of the outsiders to win the event, priced at 9/1, but his experience means he can never be counted out.

Selby came back against Stuart Bingham in the first round and is second favourite to reclaim the title at 4/1 – alongside John Higgins.

The tournament has been an exciting one so far and looks like it will get better as the top players in the world go head-to-head. You can even have a flutter on the players providing a 147 in the matches between 12 and 14/1.

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