2017 Masters (Day 4) - Selby prevails Williams' test

12:44:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

We are half way there with this year's edition of the Masters and yesterday we witnessed the fourth consecutive decider, Mark Selby prevailing Mark Williams' test and winning 6-5 after quite a battle of nerves.

On a totally different note though, Barry Hawkins recorded an outstanding victory of 6-1 over the 2015 Masters champion, Shaun Murphy.

Mark Williams started the match with a strategic 65 clearance that awarded him the opener, but by the time the mid-session interval kicked off, Selby was 3-1 up thanks to breaks of 139, 62 and 109.

But after not potting a single ball during the last three frames (in compassion with Selby's 327 carefully collected points), Williams won two scrappers to draw level at 3-3.

The reigning world champion managed to regain his leading position by winning frame 7, but Williams caught up with him after hitting a half-century break, the pattern repeating itself when Selby took frame 9 and the Welshman used runs of 53 and 58 to force the decider.

Unfortunately for Williams, a tremendous kick proved to be quite costly, his opponent using a solid 89 to close the match and get his quarter-finals place.

The Alexandra Palace's atmosphere is clearly magical, but when the evening came it seemed that there was no magic left for Shaun Murphy, "The Magician" being defeated 6-1 by Barry Hawkins.

Hawkins used breaks of 79, 89 and 85 to fly at 5-0 up before Murphy could win his first (and last) frame of the match and added a 50 to close the deal and set a quarters meeting with Mark Selby.

And since we are talking about the quarter-finals, it's time to see the first ones:

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Neil Robertson

Marco Fu v Mark Allen

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Photos 2&3 credit: World Snooker