Judd Trump looks to continue his impressive form against Mark Selby when they clash in a mouth-watering Shanghai Masters quarter-final.
We should be expecting a tightly contested affair between the players ranked fourth and fifth in the world respectively, with a tasty top half of the draw meaning either Ronnie O’Sullivan or John Higgins awaits them in the last four.
However, the recent head-to-head record would make Trump a heavy favourite. Indeed, outside the Championship League, the Ace has prevailed in each of the last five meetings between the players.
Both players are fresh from prevailing in final-frame deciders in the second round. Though pegged back from 5-2 up, Trump battled past good friend Jack Lisowski, while Selby ended his three-match losing streak against Hossein Vafaei to deny the Iranian.
A three-time runner-up at the Shanghai Masters in 2012, 2015 and 2017, Trump will be hoping this is the year he goes all the way as he aims to end his 19-month wait for silverware.
The Bristolian, whose most recent triumph came at the 2022 Turkish Masters, almost did so at the European Masters last time out – losing out to Barry Hawkins – and will look to build on that momentum this week.
Selby was also denied by eventual champion Hawkins in Nuremberg, going down 6-4 in the semi-finals.
The Jester lifted this trophy in 2011 – beating Mark Williams 10-9 in the final – and was runner-up to Ding Junhui five years later.
And having ended his jinx against Vafaei in the previous round, the reigning English Open and WST Classic champion will now be confident of doing the same against Trump.
A semi-final showdown with either O’Sullivan or Higgins awaits the winner of this match in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals.
Play gets under way at 7am BST on Thursday and will be contested over the best of 11 frames at Shanghai Grand Stage.
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