Maguire and Fu seal last-eight spots
Updated: Monday, 13 Jan 2014 22:10
Stephen Maguire and Marco Fu advanced to the quarter-finals of the Masters at Alexandra Palace today.
Fu advanced as he edged out Judd Trump 6-5 in an enthralling match this afternoon.
It was an arduous contest with neither man able to open more than a one-frame lead in the entire match, but 2011-finalist Fu claimed a decider which included nearly 40 minutes without a pot to progress.
Fu took the opener, but Bristolian Trump levelled things up and then secured a break of 87 in the third frame to move ahead.
The man from Hong Kong then hit back to make it 2-2 and registered a high break of 138 to get his nose back in front.
The nip-tuck play continued with Trump once again evening things up and he then hit a century of his own to edge 4-3 ahead.
Fu took the next two to move within a frame of victory but Trump emerged victorious from a long safety battle to take the contest to a final frame.
A longer safety battle ensued with no scoring for nearly 40 minutes but when Fu eventually potted a red, he did not allow Trump back to the table and a break of 78 moved him into the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s Maguire overcame England’s Joe Perry in the evening match.
Maguire raced into a 2-0 lead courtesy of breaks of 112 and 80, but Perry replied with a 78 to get his name on the scoreboard.
A 56 in the next put Maguire 3-1 up and the next four scrappy frames were shared to leave it at 5-3 to the Scotsman.
Perry piled on the pressure with an excellent 106 in the next but Maguire took the next for 6-4 victory.