Trump turns on the style to dump O'Sullivan and storm into Masters semis
Judd Trump saw off crowd favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan to reach the semi-finals of the BGC Masters at Alexandra Palace.
Trump, the game's rising star and reigning UK champion, raced into a 4-0 lead at the mid-session interval in the best-of-11 encounter.
Although O'Sullivan looked better after the resumption – hitting a tournament-best break of 141 – Trump always had plenty in reserve and picked up the remaining frames required for a 6-2 victory.
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His century break aside, four-time champion O'Sullivan failed to live up to the promise of his first-round win over reigning champion Ding Junhui, but the inexorable rise of Trump continues, and he will play Neil Robertson or Mark Williams in the final four.
The match got off to a scrappy start with neither player able to find their rhythm, but the frame eventually went the way of Trump with a 39.
O'Sullivan's safety play let him down in the next to open the way for Trump to rattle off an assured break that broke down at 66.
O'Sullivan attempted to play on but a missed red spelled the end of his efforts as Trump moved 2-0 ahead.
The Bristolian missed a red early in
the third to clear the way for O'Sullivan to finally put a break
together, reaching 49 before running out of options.
His attempted safety was not aggressive enough, however, and Trump
needed no second invitation to surge back into the frame, a 78 clearance
further extending his lead.
Trump picked up where he left off in the next frame, a brilliant break
of 140 – at the time the highest of the tournament so far – handing him a
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O'Sullivan finally got off the mark with a 67 in the first frame after the break, but Trump responded in the next, three modest breaks putting him in charge after O'Sullivan had broken down on 28.
With Trump 55-28 ahead, the frame came down to an exchange of safety shots on the green, but when O'Sullivan left the ball over the hole, Trump had an easy chance to tuck it away and move to within a frame of victory.
O'Sullivan delayed Trump's celebrations with a supreme performance in the next frame, reeling off a break of 141 to stay alive at 5-2.
The 36-year-old looked like he might pull back even closer in the next when he made a good start only to break down on 54, which gave Trump just enough points on the table to clear up and book his place in the semis.
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Trump confidently stated after the match that he is now the man for the rest to beat.
I've come into it full of confidence and thinking I can win it, and the players are more under pressure playing me now than I am playing them, and they all really want to beat me now,' he told BBC Sport.
Asked if he felt any apprehension around the table, he replied: 'Not at the moment.
'I've controlled all my games really since maybe the first round in [last month's] UK Championship. Apart from that, I've got in front and I haven't really had to come back against anyone yet.'
To beat O'Sullivan Trump also had to overcome a partisan London crowd, but the 22-year-old insisted he was never fazed by their boisterous support of his opponent.
'It was a brilliant atmosphere out there,' he said. 'Even though Ronnie had a lot of the support, I just go out there and play my game and hopefully they enjoy my game as much as him and come back and watch.
'Ronnie is from London, he's going to have the majority of the support, he's done what few in the game have done, so I look up to him, and I've just got enjoy it out there. If you can't enjoy that there's no point playing.'
O'Sullivan, meanwhile, reflected that he was beaten by the better man on the day.
'He scored heavily, potted some fantastic balls and under pressure made some good clearances, so all credit has to go to him,' O'Sullivan told a press conference.
'He's performed better than me on the day and deserved his victory.
'When someone's scoring as well as he is and full of confidence, it's hard to stop them.'