The 2013 Betfair Masters Semi Final Preview
After 4 intense quarter finals I can reveal the semi finals will look as follows;
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY
Neil Robertson (Aus) v Shaun Murphy (Eng) 13:00 GMT
Mark Selby (Eng) v Graeme Dott (Sco) 19:00 GMT
Up first is a fantastic game in prospect between two players who have played an immensely entertaining two matches en route to this years semi final, Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy. To reach this far in the tournament Neil Robertson has already dispatched Ding Junhui 6-5 in the opening tie and edged an inform Joe Allen in the quarter finals again in a incredible deciding set, which included the red of a life time, a red Neil described on twitter ‘My opening red was like reading and draining a 30 footer in golf. Good judgement with a bit of luck to get perfect on the black :)’. Up against the clearly brimming with confidence Thunder from down under is The Magician Shaun Murphy. Shaun Murphy’s route to the semi final included a opening round 6-4 victory against Rickie Walden and an impressive 6-5 victory against one of the favourites John Higgins. Shaun’s match went late into Thursday night and was again a treat for those of us who are somewhat snooker loopy! To come back from 4-1 down and then from 5-4 down in this match up Shaun has clearly shown the metal that could lead him to possibly completing the illustrious triple crown he craves dearly.
The second match up sees the winner of the last of the quarter final match ups Mark Selby taking on Grahame Dott. Marks route to the semi’s have seen him see off Stuart Bingham 6-5 and Mark Williams tonight 6-1. Dispite the Jester’s comprehensive looking victory the scoreline is quite deceptive with neither player really hitting top gear playing possibly the worst game of snooker at this fantastic tournament, with hardly a big break in sight along with some poor misses in general, this game wasn’t really the best advertisement for the neutral. Taking on Selby is Grahame Dott, the man who has arguably pulled off the shock of the entire tournament handing out a hiding to the favourite Judd Trump demolishing snookers new golden boy 6-1. Prior to dismantling Trump in such convincing fashion the Scot overcame his fellow countryman Stephen Maguire in a decider to win 6-5. But more on that incredible quarter final victory against the Juddernaut, a terrible day at the office for Judd allowed Grahame to rack up a fantastic victory which is credit to the Scot who has been battling away to change his form which has been poor for quite some time and a first appearance in the last four of this tournament is excellent reward for The Pocket Dynamo’s persistence.
If you have managed to see any of my previous posts during this years Betfair Masters you may have noticed I’ve made a few predictions and surprisingly for me I’m usually terrible at this sort of thing my favourite for the tournament is still very much in with a shout and despite some excellent performances from all who have reached the semi’s i still feel this tournament will be heading back home with Neil Robertson.
Aidan Fulham (@AidanFulham)