Fu dumps Trump out of Masters
A review of Monday's action at The Masters with Marco Fu and Stephen Maguire into the last eight.
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Marco Fu advanced to the quarter-finals of the Masters as he edged out Judd Trump 6-5 in an enthralling match at Alexandra Palace.
It was an arduous contest with neither man able to open more than a one-frame lead in the entire match, but 2011-finalist Fu claimed a decider which included nearly 40 minutes without a pot to progress.
Fu took the opener but Bristolian Trump levelled things up and then secured a break of 87 in the third frame to move ahead.
The man from Hong Kong then hit back to make it 2-2 and registered a high break of 138 to get his nose back in front.
The nip-tuck play continued with Trump once again evening things up and he then hit a century of his own to edge 4-3 ahead.
Fu took the next two to move within a frame of victory but Trump emerged victorious from a long safety battle to take the contest to a final frame.
A longer safety battle ensued with no scoring for nearly 40 minutes but when Fu eventually potted a red, he did not allow Trump back to the table and a break of 78 moved him into the quarter finals.
"It was a bit scrappy, but I played well in patches," Fu told www.worldsnooker.com
"I felt pretty good among the balls to win the final frame.
"I expected it to be a deciding frame. I've lost four or five matches on the deciding frame so it is nice to win one in the Masters. It was difficult to get away from Judd in the end."
Trump, who exited both the Wuxi Classic and the Shanghai Masters in the opening round before making round four at the UK Championship, is hoping he can find some form before the World Championship in Sheffield.
"I've gone out early in all the big ones which is very disappointing," he said.
"There is only the World Championship left, but all the tournaments now are worth winning especially the German Masters next month."
In the evening session, Stephen Maguire had to survive a spirited comeback from Joe Perry to claim a 6-4 victory.
The Scot raced out into a two-frame lead with breaks of 112 and 80 before the world number 15 rattled in a 78 to close the deficit.
Maguire then took the next three frames to leave himself needing just one more for victory but Perry showed some spirit to claim the seventh.
The Englishman also took the eighth to raise hopes of a comeback and when he made a break of 106 in the next it looked as if the fightback was on.
But Maguire regained his composure to take the next and will now face the winner of the match between Neil Robertson and Mark Allen in the last eight.