Shaun Murphy spoke of his frustration after he lost a final frame thriller to Mark Allen in the Tour Championship.
The former world champion lost 9-8 in the opening round – despite knocking in six century breaks throughout the match.
But it was 2018 Masters winner Allen who came storming back from 8-7 down to win and book a place in the semi-finals of this season’s penultimate ranking event.
He will next face three-times world champion Mark Selby with the winner advancing to the final, which will be held on Friday.
Allen made the most of a fortunate opening red in the final frame to close out the thrilling victory. And Murphy clearly expressed his disappointment on losing after the match when speaking to ITV4.
He said: “I’m left licking the wounds, Mark’s beat me twice over best-of-17 and in both matches he’s fluked match ball.
“So that seems to be the only way he can beat me over distance at the moment, so if we have a fair fight maybe I might win the next one.”
According to snooker data website Cuetracker, the only other time Allen defeated Murphy in a best-of-17 encounter was in the 2018 Scottish Open final – which the Ulsterman won 9-7.
The first Tour Championship semi-final between Stephen Maguire and Judd Trump will be played on Wednesday.
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