Murphy enjoying Masters run

2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy (13/2 tournament outright) has admitted he is delighted with the return to form in the Masters tournament after reaching the semi-final stage.

The 31-year-old produced a magnificent comeback in the quarters against Hong Kong’s Marco Fu, having been 3-0 and 4-1 down in the match.

Murphy has been in dismal form since becoming World Champion nine years ago, claiming just three ranking events since the magnificent feat, and the Sale-based professional did admit that the improved form is a huge bonus.

“I came here with no form whatsoever and I’m just on a bonus now, I can’t wait to play again.”

Murphy has said he has been working extremely hard to get back to his previous best, with the experienced pro believing an aggressive style of play is exactly what he needs.

“I’ve realised playing my natural, more aggressive, style is where it’s at for me. The likes of (Mark) Selby and (Neil) Robertson are more rounded players, but that’s not my style, it’s not the way I’m made,” he said.

“I’ve been working really hard, to get used to my new cue has taken longer than I thought but I made a 147 last week in the Championship League and I thought ‘yeah, you know it’s there son, you know you can play this game’.”

Murphy will now face up against Mark Selby, who defeated John Higgins in a thrilling 6-5 encounter, and the Jester from Leicester is 11/4 second favourite behind Ronnie O’Sullivan (6/4) to claim the title for a fourth time.

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