World number one Judd Trump beat rival Kyren Wilson 5-2 to book his place in the semi-finals of the BetVictor European Masters in Milton Keynes.
Triple Crown winner Trump, a two-time European Masters champion, has been in imperious form so far this week. In five matches, he has won 25 frames and lost just four.
Trump’s win today means he now trails World Championship runner-up Wilson 8-6 in their head-to-head record.
The Ace in the Pack showcased his break building power this afternoon, composing runs of 55, 105, 76, 81 and 100 on his way to wrapping up the 5-2 win. He’ll face Martin Gould in the semis. The Pinner potter came through a final frame decider to beat China’s Yan Bingtao 5-4.
Mark Selby eased to a 5-1 defeat of Asian number one Ding Junhui to book his place in the last four.
Remarkably, Selby has only won three matches in reaching the semis. He received a bye in the first round after Michael White was required to self-isolate and last 32 opponent Mark Davis had his cue stolen, Davis has since had it returned.
There were no signs of rustiness for the three-time World Champion, who wasn’t troubled in this afternoon’s encounter. He crafted breaks of 60, 70, 70 and 58 on his way to victory. His semi-final opponent will be 2005 Crucible king Shaun Murphy.
Murphy booked his place in the semi-finals with a thrilling 5-4 defeat of Australia’s Neil Robertson. Breaks of 51, 69 and 94 saw nine-time ranking event winner Murphy open up a 4-2 advantage.
However, the momentum appeared to have shifted when Robertson when he took two on the bounce to force a decider. However, it was Murphy who clinched a tense frame to secure victory.
The semi-finals will be played this evening from 7pm, over the best of 11 frames.
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