Judd Trump claimed a brilliant comeback win at the Turkish Masters last night to keep his hopes of a first ranking title of the season alive.
The Juddernaut thrillingly pocketed the last four frames for a 5-4 victory over China's Liang Wenbo in Antalya.
World No 3 Trump, 32, is the tournament favourite with the other three members of the top four absent from Turkey’s debut ranking event.
But after an early century he was hit by a barrage of big breaks from Liang before digging very deep to scrape through.
Trump’s last success in a ranking tournament came a year ago at the Gibraltar Open which is the next stop in the calendar.
And reaching the final could also see former world champion and world No 1 Trump, a leading contender at the Crucible next month, qualify for this month’s Tour Championship.
Trump said: "I am so happy to have got through that one, you take a real sense of achievement from it. I had to hang in there and didn’t play as well as he did, but that’s what great players do.
"I hope it is a good omen for the week – I have got another life and it is a big tournament for me coming off the back of getting to a final last week.
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"It was looking very bad at one stage at 4-1 down, but he was playing unbelievably well and I thought I was off home.
"The one thing I kept in my mind is that I have seen in the past Liang struggles to get over the winning line.
"So that made me believe it was possible to come back if I could put him under pressure – and in the last deciding frame he went for a long one and let me in.
"I am mainly here to win the event but there are other little possible bonuses and if I can get into the Tour Championship then I’d like to do that."