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Judd Trump sets up Selt showdown in the Turkish Masters final

Trump and Murphy go shoulder to shoulder once more

Judd Trump is targeting a second final in as many weeks when he locks horns with Shaun Murphy in the Turkish Masters last four on Saturday.

The two highest-ranked players remaining in the inaugural event collide for the right to face Matthew Selt or Ding Junhui in Sunday’s showpiece.

Runner-up to Joe Perry at the Welsh Open last week, Trump is aiming to go one better at the Nirvana Cosmopolitan Hotel in Antalya.

Still seeking his maiden ranking silverware of the season, the Ace has recovered from the brink on a couple of occasions during his latest quest.

Indeed, he trailed 4-3 against Liang Wenbo and Zhou Yuelong, but turned things around to scrape through in a decider, while he pulled away from 3-3 against Ali Carter in the quarter-finals.

The Bristolian has won 22 of his 34 previous meetings with Murphy, but lost the three most recent encounters – including their epic World Championship quarter-final last season.

That will certainly provide an additional confidence builder for the Magician heading into his maiden semi-final of the campaign.

Hampered by back and neck problems, Murphy had endured a torrid term, with a run to the Northern Ireland Open quarter-finals representing his best performance prior to this week.

The former World champion opened with a 5-0 whitewash of Lyu Haotian, before recording 5-3 victories over Jimmy Robertson and Jak Jones.

He then came through an epic clash with first-time ranking quarter-finalist Oliver Lines; recovering from 4-3 down with a timely break of 106 to force a decider, in which he produced a calm 44 clearance to snatch a dramatic victory from under his opponent’s nose on the final black.

Play gets underway at 5pm GMT on Saturday with the match contested over the best of 11 frames at the Nirvana Cosmopolitan Hotel in Antalya.

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