The 2013 Betfair Masters Quarter Final’s
As I promised in my previous post this years Masters would be something to savour the first round of ties have certainly not let us down.
This is how the draw for this years Betfair Masters looks:
THURSDAY 17 JANUARY
Neil Robertson (Aus) v Mark Allen (NI) 13:00 GMT
John Higgins (Sco) v Shaun Murphy (Eng) 19:00 GMT
FRIDAY 18 JANUARY
Mark Selby (Eng) v Mark Williams (Wal) 13:00 GMT
Judd Trump (Eng) v Graeme Dott (Sco) 19:00 GMT
The action breaks off with my tip for the tournament Neil Robertson taking on in form Mark Allen. This for me is a match that promises an awful lot, Mark Allen demolished his opponent Mark Davies and provided the moment of the tournament dropping the rest which spread the balls all over the table! Robertson defeated Ding Junhui to make it to the last 8 but must again be at the top of his game to overcome a very tricky opponent.
Thursday’s second tie sees one of the bookmakers favourites in action John Higgins who will be taking on this years UK championship finalist Shaun Murphy. Again I can see this match being a close affair but one I see John Higgins edging. Higgins a two times masters champion fought past Ali Carter in round one recording an impressive 6-3 victory. Shaun Murphy’s place in the last 8 was sealed by beating Ricky Walden 6-4.
Friday starts with an intriguing tie between reigning UK champion and world number 1 Mark Selby who takes on the Welsh man Mark Williams. To make it to the last 8 Mark Selby produced a quite stunning comeback to dispatch Stuart Bingham coming back from 5 frames to one down. It’s fair to say Selby will be brimming with confidence after such a performance but must keep his form up to dispatch a tricky opponent in Mark Williams. Mark’s journey to the last 8 was secured thanks to a scrappy 6-4 victory against Matthew Stevens a game at one point that looked beyond his grasp.
The final tie of the last 8 sees bookies favourite for the crown Judd Trump up against Grahame Dott. Trump navigated his way to the last 8 by winning what was for me the match of the tournament against Barry Hawkins. The match seemed lost for Trump who at one point was 5-3 down and looked very likely that he would have to again change his choice of footwear this time not from Roller Boy £2000 Louboutin’s to loafers but from loafers to walking boots! His opponent is the ever competent former world champion Grahame Dott who battled past his great friend Stephen Maguire in a deciding frame to win 6-5.
So that is this year’s Betfair Masters semi final schedule and a brief run down of what’s happened thus far at Ally Pally.
As I’m sure your aware I’m a man who loves to make a prediction, so here’s who I believe will be in the semi finals; Neil Robertson, John Higgins, Mark Selby and Judd Trump.
I for one can’t wait to watch these matches that promise so much!
Aidan Fulham (@AidanFulham)