It’s getting a bit repetitive to keep saying how impressive Judd Trump is but it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
He demolished Ronnie O’Sullivan yesterday, as O’Sullivan was the first to admit. It was another big performance on the big stage by the 22 year-old.
It seems absurd now to think that just a year ago people were questioning his talent and his ability to deliver.
Today’s two matches again feature proven winners...
MARK WILLIAMS V NEIL ROBERTSON
These two let me down in my first round predictions by winning. Williams probably should have won more easily against Stephen Maguire but got the job done in the end. Robertson was superb against Mark Allen, whose claim to have ‘lost interest’ was surely a reaction to losing. He actually competed very well.
Williams has always been able to win matches in tournaments where he hasn’t been playing at his best. He has been there, done it, worn the t-shirt and tweeted about it afterwards.
Robertson is yet to reach the Masters semi-finals but against Allen once again proved how strong he is under pressure.
These two left-handed winners of the World Championship invariably come good when the stakes are high. The standard is likely to be, too, but I just feel the Australian will shade it based on what I saw in the first round.
Prediction: Robertson to win 6-4
MARK SELBY V SHAUN MURPHY
Another tough one to call between two good friends. Murphy was brilliant against Martin Gould but Selby’s performance against Stephen Lee was hard to judge.
Lee was poor early on but when he started to come back Selby began to get a little edgy. However, he has won this tournament twice and that has to count for something.
He will also most likely raise his game against Murphy, a player he likes, respects and knows is playing well.
A close encounter is on the cards and Selby has won so many of these in the Masters that he would be favourite if it went all the way.
Prediction: Selby to win 6-5