Masters Snooker 2018: Quarter Finals Decided as Murphy and Higgins Go Through
January 18, 2018 12:13
Shaun Murphy survived an Ali Carter comeback yesterday to step into the quarter-finals of the Dafabet Masters.
After leading Carter by a comfortable 4 frames to nil at the mid session interval Carter rallied and pulled within a frame a 5-4 before Murphy managed an tremendous break of 76 to wrap up the match.
Murphy started the brighter and although the first two frames were relatively scrappy he then compiled a break of 119 in the third frame to put him in a commanding position. This was followed up with another one-visit performance in frame four where an 86 break was enough for a 4-0 lead.
Whatever Carter had in his cup of tea at the mid session interval seemed to do the trick as he rattled off two frames in succession with breaks of 99 and 110 respectively.
Murphy then produced another frame winning visit to lead 5-4 before Carter had another strong showing in frames 8 and 9 where he got breaks of 50 and 93 to trail by one.
All Scottish Affair
In the final match of the first round it was an all-Scottish tie between veteran John Higgins and Anthony McGill.
It was a gritty performance from Higgins - aren't they all - as the former Champion led 2-0 only to see his fellow Countryman win the next four frames on the bounce, the best coming in the 4th frame when McGill made a lovely break of 122 to level the match up.
After the interval the younger of the two Scots won two more frames on the bounce to lead the match 4-2 and momentum looked like it was certainly favouring McGill.
But as has so often been the case throughout the years, John Higgins does not know when he is beaten. He is still, in his 40's, one of the best match players around.
In the next four frames he made breaks of 67, 81, 65 and 50 to win all four frames and reach the quarter-finals. McGill during those four frames managed only 54 points in total.
Today's Quarter Final Matches
Afternoon session: Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Allen
Evening session: Kyren Wilson v Mark Williams