Judd Trump won through to his fourth Masters Semi-Final after a commanding 6-2 victory over a below-par Mark Selby at Alexandra Palace on Friday.
After a cagey start to the match, the in-form 29-year-old raced into a 5-1 lead and quickly banished any hopes of a trademark Selby comeback to book his place in the Last Four.
“In the past maybe I would have messed up,” Trump told BBC Sport.
“You just have to stay patient against him and you can’t go for anything stupid, just wait your chance. I think my safety has improved and I was able to compete against him.
“When a frame is going on for 40 minutes, it is demoralising to lose it. Even if it had gone 5-3 at the end it would have been tough to get over the line after that.
“You know he can come back from any scoreline. I’ve got the experience of losing a lead before so that stood me in good stead.”
At 43 minutes, the first frame of the match proved to be the longest of the tournament so far and was won by Trump after a tense safety battle.
The Northern Ireland Open champion produced a break of 54 to double his lead before Selby got off the mark with a 64.
Trump hit back with a clinical break of 81 to restore a two-frame lead at the interval and went on to make 101 and 60 to stretch his advantage.
Three-time Masters Champion Selby stopped the rot in style with a break of 110, but it was Trump who got over the line in frame eight to seal a comfortable victory.
He will now face either Neil Robertson or Barry Hawkins in Saturday’s Semi-Finals.