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Neil Robertson will play Shaun Murphy in the BCG Masters final

Robertson and Murphy to make Masters final debuts after seeing off Trump and Higgins

Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy will battle for the BCG Masters title on Sunday after both reaching the final for the first time.

Robertson held off a fightback from rising star Judd Trump to prevail 6-3 in Saturday's first semi-final.

And he was joined in tomorrow's showpiece by Murphy, who produced a fine display of scoring to beat John Higgins 6-4.

Final hurdle: Neil Robertson beat Judd Trump to reach the Masters final

Final hurdle: Neil Robertson beat Judd Trump to reach the Masters final

Opposition: Shaun Murphy lies in wait, after defeating John Higgins

Opposition: Shaun Murphy lies in wait, after defeating John Higgins

Murphy took the first frame with a break of 86 and a superb opening red put him in among the balls in the second, which he duly wrapped up before coming from 62 behind to take the third with a 70.

Higgins needed to get himself on the board in the final frame before the interval and did well to pick out a long red to get him started, but was unlucky to go in off after potting a green.

There were no excuses for a missed black off its spot at his next visit, but he finally got over the line after snookering Murphy and taking full advantage.

He took the fifth as well but Murphy responded with a break of 122 to move 4-2 ahead.

Huge: Murphy said the chance to win the trophy was massive

Huge: Murphy said the chance to win the trophy was massive

Higgins was in first with 20 in frame seven but then missed a black off its spot. Murphy could only make eight, though, and the Scot took the frame at the second time of asking.

Another wretched missed black from Higgins allowed Murphy to the table in frame eight, and he took full advantage with a run of exactly 100 to move 5-3 ahead.

Higgins kept himself in the match by winning the next frame with a 72 but Murphy took a step towards victory with a 55 break in the next. A wobble with the winning line in sight allowed Higgins to come back into the frame with a 48, but he missed a difficult pink and a relieved Murphy claimed his place in the final.

He told BBC2: 'Having had such a bad record in this tournament, to finally get to the final is great.

'I would have been devastated to have to watch it on telly so to know I'm there tomorrow with a chance of winning the trophy is massive. You can buy things in life but you can't buy your name on those trophies.'

Earlier, Robertson was the more clinical in a scrappy match with Trump, making a strong start and moving 2-0 up with a century clearance.

A break of 76 helped Trump get off the mark in frame three but Robertson regained his two-frame advantage in the next. A break of 89, with his opponent once again scoreless, meant Robertson went into the break with a 3-1 lead.

Robertson just edged home in the next to lead 4-1 and even presented his opponent with chances in the sixth before taking it to stand on the verge of the seventh tournament final of his career.

Disappointed: Robertson said he was unhappy that some crowd members cheered when Judd Trump fluked a few shots

Disappointed: Robertson said he was unhappy that some crowd members cheered when Judd Trump fluked a few shots

Trump belatedly fought back to win two frames in a row but was again the architect of his own downfall in the ninth frame when he missed a blue into the middle.

Robertson needed two visits from that point but was able to clinch the frame to win the match 6-3.

Robertson had been upset by cheers from the audience when Trump fluked shots but claimed it helped him to secure the victory.

'If anything it made me play better,' Robertson told BBC1.

'It's disappointing because Judd is a fantastic lad and he is nothing like those guys.'

Robertson admitted he was surprised Trump kept going for his shots rather than adapting his style of play.

'It was interesting because he kept going for it and going for it. I thought I played really good matchplay snooker and thankfully he missed a couple today.'

He will put his unbeaten record in finals on the line against Murphy, who noted: 'He's been in so many finals and not lost one yet. That's going to end at some stage, and maybe that's tomorrow.'

Ronnie O"Sullivan is the man to beat, says Judd Trump

O'Sullivan in the right frame of mind to win fifth Masters title, claims Trump

Judd Trump believes Ronnie O'Sullivan is 'in the right frame of mind' for this week's BGC Masters and will have to be at his very best to oust the four-time champion when they meet on Thursday.

Trump booked his place in the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace after seeing off world number 14 Stuart Bingham 6-3 in the first round on Monday and will now face an in-form O'Sullivan, who progressed on Sunday at the expense of Ding Junhui.

A superb 125 break was the highlight of O'Sullivan's 6-4 victory over the defending champion, which was played out before a partisan London crowd.

In the zone: Judd Trump believes Ronnie O'Sullivan is in the right mood to win another title

In the zone: Judd Trump believes Ronnie O'Sullivan is in the right mood to win another title

With the support of the spectators behind him, O'Sullivan is sure to be a threat this week and Trump has no doubt that the 36-year-old's temperament – so often questionable at big tournaments – will not undermine his game.

'Ronnie's been in the practice room, he's been putting the work in and and he's really in the right frame of mind at the moment,' Trump told BBC Sport.

On top of his game: Judd Trump knows he has to be in his best form to win

On top of his game: Judd Trump knows he has to be in his best form to win

'I watched him the other day and he seems positive.

'I'm looking forward to Thursday now and just seeing what Ronnie turns out.'

Trump, the reigning UK champion and last year's World Championship runner-up, admitted that he had been below his best against Bingham today and would have to raise his game significantly for his meeting with O'Sullivan.

'I felt after the first frame that I've got a lead and I thought I could run away with it, but I just kept giving him chances,” the world number five said.

'I'll have to improve probably 50 per cent if I want to beat Ronnie – I cannot give him those chances I was giving Stuart.'

Getting through:O'Sullivan beat Ding Junhui on Sunday

Getting through:O'Sullivan beat Ding Junhui on Sunday

The 22-year-old from Bristol managed two centuries in the best-of-11-frame contest but his quickfire style all too often gave way to errors that Australian Open champion Bingham was quick to capitalise on.

After opening with an 87 break Trump stumbled in the next two frames to allow Basildon potter Bingham into the lead, but a break of 107 got Trump back level.

An assured 73 re-established Bingham's lead at 3-2 but Trump responded with four frames in a row – including a superb 121 to go 4-3 ahead – to seal his progression.

'The first round can be the hardest round,” Trump added. “You want to get it out the way, no matter how you do it.'

Trump believes the confidence of winning the UK Championship last month has made him a better player and he is determined to use that to his advantage this week.

'I feel really comfortable out there now,” he said.

'Even when I miss I manage to stay positive whereas before it would get me down and worry about it and I'd come to the table and miss again.

'Now I can put it to the back of my mind and remember what I've done at the Worlds and at the UK, and just look forward to every match.'

Steven Gerrard to play on for Liverpool after 2014

I'm not finished yet! Gerrard plans to prolong playing career beyond 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is targeting another contract at Anfield despite only just signing an extension.

The 31-year-old agreed a new deal on Thursday which will keep him at the club until 2014 – but the midfielder doesn't want his career to end there.

‘I’m hoping to play beyond the length of this contract,’ he told the Liverpool Echo.

Signing on: Steven Gerrard puts pen to paper on his new deal alongside Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli

Signing on: Steven Gerrard puts pen to paper on his new deal alongside Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli

One-club man: Gerrard on 1998 debut

One-club man: Gerrard on 1998 debut

‘I’m feeling fit and strong and I want to play for as long as I can.

‘I don’t want to put any time frame on it. As long as I feel good and I’m performing at the top level I’ll keep going.

‘Hopefully over the next few years I’ll earn another contract with my performances.

‘But even if Liverpool don’t offer me another contract after this one I don’t think I could play for anyone else.

‘I’ve been at this club since I was eight and I’m living the dream.’
Manager Kenny Dalglish said Gerrard’s example of staying at the same club for his entire career was a rarity.

‘It doesn’t happen very often but it depends on the people and if they are happy where they are and happy with the people they are working for then why would you move” said the Scot.

‘Everyone knows the service he has given to the club and the success he has brought to the club and knows how much it means to him.

Slotting home: Gerrard scored a crucial penalty at the Etihad Stadium

Slotting home: Gerrard scored a crucial penalty at the Etihad Stadium

‘For him to be extending his contract and looking to work here beyond playing is a great lift for everyone here.’

Gerrard will take up an ambassadorial role for the club when his playing days are over.

And Dalglish said they were also looking at doing the same with Jamie Carragher, 34 later this month, who also came through the academy.

‘We will have the same conversation with Carra to try to keep him at the club as long as we can and involved with the club,’ he added.

Delight: Steven Gerrard has committed his future to the club

Delight: Steven Gerrard has committed his future to the club

'We will see what his plans and ambitions are and what he would like to do.

‘It is hugely important for the club to keep people who have been as great a servant as those two have in and around the club in some shape or form.

'If they want to be here then we should do what we can to accommodate them.

‘They are fantastic assets to the club on and off the pitch and it is something we should look to develop.’

Big boost: The news is hugely welcome to boss Kenny Dalglish

Big boost: The news is hugely welcome to boss Kenny Dalglish

Steve Kean to hold crisis talks with Christopher Samba as QPR, Spurs and PSG lurk

Kean to hold crisis talks with Samba as QPR, Spurs and PSG court captain

Talks: Samba

Talks: Samba

Blackburn manager Steve Kean will hold talks with Chris Samba to determine if his captain is in the right frame of mind to face Fulham after the Congo defender indicated he wants to leave Ewood Park.

Samba, 27, is said to be concerned that Blackburn are pricing him out of a move after Queens Park Rangers had an offer of 6.5million rejected.

Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested, and Samba admitted in an interview in France that he would welcome a return to the country of his birth.

He accused Blackburn of breaking promises to him and failing to progress under owners Venky’s.

‘I’ll get it translated and I’ll have a chat with him about it,’ said Kean. ‘We’ll hopefully get him in the right frame of mind to continue to play here. He’s not for sale. I’ll be telling him that. He’s in the middle of a long contract. I’ll listen to anything that has changed in Chris’s head and I’ll pass it on to the owners.’

Venky’s are reluctant to sell their most important player in the middle of a relegation battle, but are under pressure from Barclays to pay off half the club’s 20m debt and might consider offers of 10m-plus.

Hearts players set to invoke FIFA rule and leave for free

Hearts crisis: Players set to invoke FIFA rule and leave for free over unpaid wages

Hearts players plan to strike back at Vladimir Romanov by walking out of Tynecastle for nothing in January.

Sportsmail understands a number of senior players are examining the possibility of invoking FIFA”s Article 14 – “Terminating a contract with just cause”.

Uncertain future: Hearts players could invoke a FIFA rule to leave for free

Uncertain future: Hearts players could invoke a FIFA rule to leave for free

The clause allows players to walk away from a club if their contract has been breached by non-payment of wages.

Infighting: Referee Stevie OReilly had to break up an argument between Ryan Stevenson and Rudi Skacel during last Saturdays home defeat to St Johnstone

Infighting: Referee Stevie OReilly had to break up an argument between Ryan Stevenson and Rudi Skacel during last Saturdays home defeat to St Johnstone

Hard sell: Romanov

Hard sell: Romanov”s plans to cash in on big-name players could be thwarted

Although wages due on October 16 were eventually paid 19 days late, that has given rise to the possibility the players can now take radical action.

The accepted time frame from test cases is 90 days from when a contract was first breached, meaning a mass walk-out could be on the cards in mid-January.

That would scupper Romanov”s plans to sell his prized assets in the transfer market.

The players would need to then justify their actions to FIFA before being allowed to sign elsewhere.

The squad have been given a token 1,000 towards their November pay packets and, as Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, the players have been told not to expect to see any more cash in 2011.