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Stuart Bingham knows he has a tough test ahead of him in facing Judd Trump in the World Snooker Championship quarter-final, but says the former world champion does not hold any kind of aura or fear factor.
Bingham impressively booked his place in the last eight with a 13-9 win over Kyren Wilson in the second round, while Trump came through a bruising battle with Anthony McGill.
The clash is a rematch of an epic World Championship semi-final from 2015 which Bingham edged 17-16 before going on to lift the trophy at the Crucible.
Not only has the veteran scored a huge win over the Ace before, but their difference in ages means that Trump does not hold an aura of invincibility for the older man.
At 45, Bingham is 13 years Trump’s senior and it is players of his age and older that he might feel the presence of at the table, but not the 2019 world champ.
‘Obviously we had a great battle in ’15, in the semis, went all the way,’ said Bingham after beating Wilson. ‘Then obviously he’s sort of been the man of the decade, winning five and six tournaments in a season.
‘You get to a point where you concentrate on your own game. I’ve grown up with the likes of [Stephen] Hendry, [Steve] Davis, Ronnie [O’Sullivan], John Higgins, Mark Williams. Judd was a bit behind that.
‘He’s a great player, a great world champion, but I suppose that aura of the likes of Hendry, Davis, Ronnie, Higgins and all that have. For me, he ain’t got that. For me personally, obviously he does frighten other players, but as he’s come after me, I don’t see him in that limelight.
‘I sort of see him as, if you take your chances against anyone, you’re going to win.’
Bingham’s victory in 2015 is the only time the pair have met at the Crucible and their only other clash in a Triple Crown event came back at the 2012 Masters, which Trump won.
It is Trump who will start favourite when their quarter-final gets underway on Tuesday afternoon (2.30pm) but Bingham will not be bothered about that.
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