Relief for Judd Trump after defeat of Stephen Maguire

Relief for Judd Trump after defeat of Stephen Maguire

Judd Trump admitted his relief after he managed to hold off the challenge of Stephen Maguire last night to reach the quarter-finals of the Masters for the first time in three years.

Looking to gain revenge for Maguire's victory over him at the same stage of the 2015 tournament, Trump built some momentum after losing the opening frame of the first round encounter and established a 4-1 lead.

Scotland's Maguire then rallied well to bring things level at 4-4, but Englishman Trump subsequently claimed the next two frames to seal the triumph.

The last eight will see the world number five face the winner of tomorrow's match between Neil Robertson and Marco Fu.

Reflecting on the win at London's Alexandra Palace, Trump told "It was a very high quality game.

"I managed to get a good lead, then he played some great stuff to get back to 4-4. In the end I did well to win the last two frames.

"It's hard when you've got a big lead and then someone comes back at you, it puts you under a lot of pressure. It was important for me to make a break in the next frame.

"This venue is only 20 minutes from where I live so I really want to do well this week. I've lost in the first round here for the last two years so it's a relief to get through.

"I had a problem with my technique at the UK Championship (where last month he lost to Liang Wenbo in the last 32) which I couldn't correct at the time, so I went away and worked on it and it should be fine now.

"I've always had belief in myself and today's win gives me more confidence. Whoever I play next will hopefully be more scared of me than I will of them."

Yesterday's other round one match saw Barry Hawkins secure his first ever victory in the competition as he saw off Joe Perry 6-3.

Having been 2-0 up, Hawkins found himself 3-2 down to his fellow Englishman before reeling off four straight frames to wrap things up and set up a quarter-final clash with Mark Allen.

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