The Masters - Murphy lands in semi-final

01:20:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Shaun Murphy gets the last of the semis spots
Shaun Murphy has become the last player to grab a spot in this year's edition of the Masters semi-finals after beating Mark Selby 6-2. 

World number one didn't seem to stand a chance in front of Murphy's magic powers.

Shaun Murphy met two-times Masters champion Mark Selby in the last match of the quarter-finals, match that surely erased "The Jester from Leiceste's" smile. 

It's true that Selby wasn't at his best in the previously played match against Stephen Lee, but he did manage to win it when his opponent's comeback was about to become a reality. Today though, it wasn't going to be his lucky day.

Murphy ended the first session by leading Selby 3-1, breaks of 36, 88 and 52 being used in the process. The Leicester man didn't took advantage of the chances Goddess Fortuna handed to him, but after the break many of us thought he'll perform a comeback, as he is well known of doing it.

Selby's form wasn't a winner
But it didn't happen. A break of 72 and a 65 were putting Shaun 5-1 up, within one frame from victory. 

However, the next frame was won by Selby with a beautiful 112, which in reality was meant to be a maximum. Sadly for him he missed one tricky last red and his break ended soon after crossing the 100 bridge.

Murphy put an end to Selby's misery in the very next frame by using runs of 20 and 48, thus winning the match 6-2. 

Tomorrow the semis are kicking off and with them we approach the end of what has been an incredible tournament. On Sunday the remaining two competitors are crossing their cues and engaging in fierceful battles, in the end only one of them prevailing.

But we still have two more days of intensive snooker, so let's see the schedule, shall we:

Neil Robertson v. Judd Trump

John Higgins v. Shaun Murphy
*all hours are UK time

TV coverage:
13:00 - 14:00 British EuroSport
14:00 - 16:00 British EuroSport 2
13:00 - 16:30 BBC One
16:30 - 17: 30 BBC Two
19:00 - 22:00 British EuroSport 2
20:00 - 22:30 BBC Two
00:10 - BBC Two (the highlights)