2017 Masters (Day 3) - Marco Fu - the man to beat

11:41:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The third day of cue action from Alexandra Palace in London witnessed a tremendous display of snooker talent as Marco Fu and Judd Trump delighted the audience with amazing shots and one ton after another, while Neil Robertson and Ali Carter took the story further.

Another day, another match that saw all its frames being played and played with style: Marco Fu managed to retain that out-of-this-world form he displayed when he won the Scottish Open, and beat Judd Trump 6-5.

The match had it all: century breaks (five to be more precise), great shots and drama, so the perfect recipe for a day of snooker entertainment.

Although Trump dominated at the beginning of the match, breaks of 102, 87 and 67 taking him 3-0 up, Fu was sure to come back and hit with a marvellous 130 to which he added an 88 break.

"The Ace in the Pack" fired a break of 79 to re-open the gap, but Fu was right there for the kill, runs of 58 and 110 making the scoreline go 4-4. This was sooooo game on! 

The 2016 European Masters champion found the perfect moment to produce one of his special breaks, this time a 112, to move ahead, but when he missed the black off its spot in frame 10, Fu was sure to take advantage and use an 80 break to force the decider.

It was with a century break that Marco closed the deal (102), the 2011 Masters runner-up now facing Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.

The evening came and with it the snooker encounter between Neil Robertson and Ali Carter, "The Aussie" prevailing 6-3.

The match refereed by Paul Collier, had a very balanced start as Robertson was the one to take the opener with a 85, to which his opponent responded with a slightly similar 83 to draw level.

However, runs of 78, 49 and 69 were taking the Australian player at 4-1 up, before Carter could shake things up a bit and fire in breaks of 73 and 93 to keep the hope alive.

Sadly though, the Englishman's comeback wasn't strong enough to face Robertson's consistency of breaks like 73 and 117 that secured him the match and a very interesting meeting with Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarters.

This beautiful snooker madness continues today with:

Mark Selby v Mark Williams

Shaun Murphy v Barry Hawkins

*all hours are UK time

Photos credit: World Snooker