2015 Shanghai Masters - Day 3

20:00:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The third day of the Shanghai Masters thrill brought with it a bit of drama as Shaun Murphy had to perform a tremendous comeback from being 4-1 down to go on and win 5-4 against Peter Ebdon, while Jamie Cope beat former world champion Neil Robertson by the same scoreline, despite Aussie crawling back from being led 3-0.

Shaun Murphy and Peter Ebdon got together for one hell of a match, Ebdon looking favourite to win from the very beginning. Still, it's not a victory until the fat lady sings ... or the last ball is potted (something like that).

Ebdon opened the scoreline with a great break of 60, followed by a tremendous total clearance of 134 and a more modest 37 to go 3-0 up, while Murphy seemed all over the place.

The forth frame seemed to be going Ebdon's way too (thanks to a break of 55), but Murphy came back and was only needing the black ball to win his first frame. But he missed it!

Ebdon came to the table, tried to pot it, failed and so Murphy was able to break the ice and win his first frame of the day.

After the break Ebdon took revenge and won the fifth frame on the black (ironically!) to go 4-1 ahead, but that proved insufficient as Murphy stormed in with breaks of 74, 67 and 81 to win.

Still, not every comeback ends with a victory, Neil Robertson's one being a living proof of that. The Australian took on Jamie Cope who in no time found himself in the leading chair at 3-0.

In spite of the 2010 world champion's efforts not only to comeback into the match, but also to turn tables, at 4-3 Cope kept it cool and closed the match with runs of 39 and 56.

Kyren Wilson obtained an indisputable victory of 5-1 in front of Joe Perry, while Mark Davis did the same by confronting Michael White with breaks of 73, 61 and 126.

Mark Allen has also assured his position into the Last 16 after beating Belgium's best Luca Brecel 5-3, while Mark Williams hammered Tom Ford 5-1 thanks to breaks of 128, 108 and 59.

As many of you already know, Mark Selby had to pull out of this event after finding out the sad news of his father-in-law death, this leaving David Grace with a bye to the Last 16 round.

Tomorrow, the matches continue:


Stuart Bingham v. Mike Dudd
Mark Williams v. Jamie Cope
Michael Holt v. Kyren Wilson
Shaun Murphy v. Mark Davis


John Higgins v. Martin Gould
Judd Trump v. Matthew Selt
Ding Junhui  v. Ryan Day
Mark Allen v. David Grace 

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