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Judd Trump was ‘absolutely over the moon’ for his mate Jack Lisowski after he stunned Neil Robertson in the second round of the World Snooker Championship, admitting that he wasn’t sure Jackpot believed he could score the huge win.
It was a Crucible classic in the last 16 as Robertson made just the 12th 147 break at the Sheffield theatre, but Lisowski held his nerve to take the game to a decider and got over the line.
It is the first time the Englishman has reached the last eight at the Crucible and to do it against the best player of the season so far was an enormous achievement for him.
Trump had beaten Anthony McGill 13-11 shortly before Lisowski’s big win on the other side of the Crucible dividing wall and was told about his friend’s victory in the post-match press conference. A huge smile shot across the 2019 world champion’s face as he could not hide his delight.
‘Did he win?’ Judd asked. ‘I’m over the moon, absolutely over the moon. I’m delighted fir him, I know that’s a huge, huge win for him so I can’t wait to see him now.’
With Lisowski still looking for his first big title in snooker, Trump feels victory over Robertson on the sport’s biggest stage is comfortable the biggest win of his career.
Jackpot has Peter Ebdon in his corner this tournament and it is hard not to believe that the former world champ had an impact on Monday night’s result.
‘Yeah, [it’s Jack’s biggest win] by an absolute country mile, to be honest I didn’t think he believed in himself enough to win that game,’ said Trump.
‘I don’t know how much Peter’s played in that, if anything. But probably just having him there has mentally helped him.
‘For him to do it in the way he did as well, to go 12-11 down, I used that as inspiration in my own game because it was getting tough.
‘I didn’t want to be the person that let the other one down. For us to both still be in the event is incredible.’
Lisowski has another huge task ahead of him in the quarter-finals where he takes on John Higgins, while Trump meets Stuart Bingham in the last eight.
Ronnie O’Sullivan faces Stephen Maguire and Mark Williams plays Yan Bingtao to complete the superb quarter-final line-up.
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