We’re down to the semi-finals at the Ally Pally...
NEIL ROBERTSON v SHAUN MURPHY
A repeat of last year’s final, which Robertson won 10-6, between two players who could easily have been knocked out in the previous round.
Last year, Robertson beat Judd Trump at the semi-final stage, after which Trump made a few less than kind comments about his pace of play. This week, the Aussie said Trump had been right, and that he was looking to get less bogged down and play a more instinctive game.
This is typical Robertson: even when someone is having a go at him he remains positive. It’s one of his best attributes, this ability to always see the glass not so much half full as overflowing.
Murphy was defensive early on against John Higgins. It didn’t work so he attacked and he turned it around. There are few better playing this sort of snooker.
These two could serve up another Masters classic.
PREDICTION: Robertson 6-5
MARK SELBY v GRAEME DOTT
Selby arrived at his 3-0 lead over Mark Williams last night having made a highest break of 28. This was poor fare but Selby potted the key balls and, crucially, he kept his focus.
Towards the end he started to play better as he seeks to emulate Williams, Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry in winning the big three titles in the same season.
Dott must have been surprised by how poorly Trump played. Everyone was, Trump included.
These two played in the recent European Tour final in Germany, which Selby shaded 4-3. They can both get stuck in when they need to but Selby is better when attacking and may have enough firepower to get the job done.
PREDICTION: Selby 6-4