Masters snooker: Marco Fu tops Judd Trump and Stephen Maguire ousts Joe Perry
Marco Fu edged out Judd Trump 6-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.
Last Updated: 13/01/14 10:29pm
It was a tight contest with neither man able to open more than a one-frame lead, but 2011-finalist Fu claimed a decider which included nearly 40 minutes without a pot to progress.
Fu took the opener but Bristolian Trump levelled things up and then secured a break of 87 in the third frame to move ahead.
The man from Hong Kong then hit back to make it 2-2 and registered a high break of 138 to get his nose back in front.
The nip-tuck play continued with Trump once again evening things up and he then hit a century of his own to edge 4-3 ahead.
Fu took the next two to move within a frame of victory but Trump emerged victorious from a long safety battle to take the contest to a final frame.
A longer safety battle ensued with no scoring for nearly 40 minutes but when Fu eventually potted a red, he did not allow Trump back to the table and a break of 78 moved him into the quarter finals, where he will play either Ding Junhui or Shaun Murphy.
In Monday's evening session, Stephen Maguire claimed a 6-4 victory against Joe Perry.
Breaks of 112, 80 and 56 helped Maguire into a 5-1 lead before the Scot came under pressure as Perry mounted a comeback.
The Englishman took four frames on the bounce, including a 106 break in the ninth frame to reduce his deficit to 5-4.
But Maguire was finally able to get across the finishing line in the next and will play Neil Robertson or Mark Allen in the last eight.