Judd Trump powers through to make Masters semis - John Higgins also through

Joann Johnston
January 22, 2018

Wilson beat favourite Judd Trump with a spectacular comeback at the Alexandra Palace earlier in the week, and he will be looking to produce another shock in the Masters final.

The 28-year-old Trump was 4-2 up before Murphy levelled at 4-4 but breaks of 111 and 113 wrapped the match up for Trump.

The two-time Masters champion Higgins will face Mark Allen, who beat holder Ronnie O'Sullivan, in the last four.

Wilson, though, took inspiration from the late Paul Hunter - victor of the Masters title three times between 2001 and 2004 when it was played at Wembley Conference Centre - to produce a stirring recovery.

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Wilson felt he had been given an opportunity to spark a fightback after Trump "took a liberty" with a pot attempt when appearing well set to close out victory.

Astonishingly, the world number three Trump would only score 28 more points in the final four frames as knocks of 57, 107 and 72 proved enough for 2015 Shanghai Masters victor Wilson - ranked at 14 in the world - to reach the final of the sport's biggest invitational event. That was the first time a two-frame gap had been opened after a tight start to the match.

Two-time Masters victor John Higgins moved into the semi-finals of the 2018 event with a 6-1 victory over Ryan Day.

Allen was not to be denied, however, showing his class and excellent break-building skills to take the next two frames for a 10-7 triumph.

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