The Masters 2013 – Day 3 Report

Judd Trump fought back from a precarious position to beat Barry Hawkins.

Judd Trump fought back from a precarious position to beat Barry Hawkins.

JUDD Trump produced a fightback of stunning quality against Barry Hawkins to secure a place in the quarter finals of the Masters.

It looked like a major upset was on the cards when the Australian Open winner and world number 17 battled his way to a 5-3 lead.

But Trump, searching for his first Masters title, produced his best snooker when under the spotlight winning the final three frames in style including two century breaks.

Trump cruised into a 47 point lead in the opening frame but Hawkins showed his opponent he was in for a battle when he fought back to  take a 1-0 lead. Trump responded winning a scrappy second frame.

Hawkins then regained the lead with a break of 83 before the Bristol star levelled terms again with a class break of 99 going into the interval.

After the restart Trump took the lead for the first time with a break of 73 but Hawkins kept in contention with the first century break of the match (109) to fire level at 3-3.

A smooth 85 clearance from Hawkins saw him move to a 4-3 lead and victory in the next frame put him on the verge of a fantastic win.

But Trump managed to produce his A game when he most needed it. A break of 105 reduced his deficit to 5-4 before he forced the match into a decider punishing a costly mistake from Hawkins who missed a simple black when trying to get over the winning line.

And the final frame saw Trump reach win it with a superb break of 107 which set up a quarter final against Graeme Dott on Friday.

Tonight Shaun Murphy ensured a place in the last eight with after beating Ricky Walden 6-4.

Murphy looked to be cruising into the next stage when he took a 4-1 lead before Walden hit back winning three frames on the bounce to level things up. But Murphy closed out the match winning the next two frames to set up a quarter final clash with John Higgins on Thursday.

Wednesday sees an all Wales affair as Mark Williams takes on Matthew Stevens and world number one Mark Selby start his bid for a third Masters title against Stuart Bingham.

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