MARK Selby stands just one win away from defending his Masters title after a dominant display against Shaun Murphy saw him cruise into Sunday’s final.
Selby, who beat Neil Robertson to win the prestigious title last year, was in blistering form as he beat his good friend on the baize 6-1.
Should he win the grand final for a second straight year, he will become just the third player in the history of the game to have won the Masters trophy on four or more occasions joining Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan.
And Selby, who could meet O’Sullivan in the final, will go into the big game with huge confidence after producing by far his pest performance of the tournament so far.
Buoyed by his superb comeback win against John Higgins on Thursday evening, Selby continued where he left off by racing into a 2-0 lead with high class breaks of 86 and 104.
Selby increased his lead to three frames in the next before making it 4-0 with a break of 66 after Murphy missed the pink on a break of 48.
The chances of a clean sweep win for Selby increased when he won a scrappy fifth frame but Murphy managed to avoid the whitewash winning the sixth frame.
But it proved to be just a concelation for the 2005 world champion as Selby sealed a deserved 6-1 win in the next frame.