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Merciless Mark Allen dumps out Ronnie O'Sullivan at The Masters

Allen dethrones O'Sullivan at Ally Pally (credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Mark Allen sent defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan crashing out of the 2018 Masters after a 6-1 thrashing in the Quarter-Finals at Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

Eighth seed Allen produced a clinical scoring display as he recovered from losing the opening frame by reeling off six on the spin to tear up the form book.

O'Sullivan had emphatically whitewashed Marco Fu in the First Round but was a pale shadow of his usual self as he saw his hopes of a third consecutive Masters crown ended by the Ulsterman.

"Any win against Ronnie is a big win," admitted Allen. "Ronnie is the benchmark in this game and I'm very happy.

"I scored very well up to 4-1 and kind of fell over the line. Against Ronnie I play more aggressive as you get less chances.

"I'm not getting carried away, it is one match and there are two very tough ones ahead of me if I'm going to win. I came here to win the tournament and if I go home without the trophy then I'm very disappointed."

It was home favourite O'Sullivan who began the brighter of the two as he took the opening frame with a break of 75.

Allen, though, responded superbly with consecutive breaks of 65, 115 and 85 to open up a 3-1 advantage as they headed to the mid-session interval.

The left-hander sustained his dominance after the restart as he powered in a break of 81 before leaving 'The Rocket' pointless in frame six.

O'Sullivan had a chance to stop the rot in the seventh but failed to convert and Allen duly stepped in to close out his third consecutive Triple Crown triumph over the five-time World Champion.

O'Sullivan, who admitted to feeling ill during his First Round match, conceded: "I'm struggling.

"I don't know what it is, a virus or something and I was having dizzy spells.

"Mark deserved his win, I didn't give him much to make him struggle. You have to give people credit and he had a fantastic performance.

"I'm glad it is over. I don't make excuses and I had to show up, if I was a footballer I would probably have missed this game but it is an individual sport so you have to turn up."

Allen will now face either John Higgins or Ryan Day in Saturday's Semi-Finals.


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Merciless Mark Allen dumps out Ronnie O'Sullivan at The Masters

Mark Allen sent defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan crashing out of the 2018 Masters after a 6-1 thrashing in the Quarter-Finals at Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

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