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Day One Win Away From Claiming Biggest Title

Ryan Day is one match away from his biggest career title after holding his nerve in a final frame decider to defeat Robbie Williams 6-5 and secure his place in the Cazoo British Open final.

The three-time ranking title winner admitted he had to “fight tooth and nail” to overcome Williams, with both players not at their fluent best.

Day, who came from 4-2 down in the match, won three consecutive frames to lead 5-4, before Williams won the tenth to force a decider. But, in the end, the Welshman pulled through to book his spot in the final where he will play Mark Allen – who beat Noppon Saengkham 6-1 earlier today.

After wins in the Riga Masters, Gibraltar Open and more recently, the Shoot Out, Day will be hoping to claim a fourth ranking title and take home £100,000 – the biggest payday of his career.

Day, who is ranked 27th in the world, took the lead with a break of 55. Williams hit back with a break of 77 before going on to win the next two frames and enter the mid-session interval with a 3-1 lead. The next two were shared then Day edged the seventh, 56-31, before a break of 61 ensured the match was finely poised at 4-4. He then moved in front for the first time since the opening frame.

Day had a match-winning chance in the tenth but missed the last red to a top corner with the score 51-50. Williams, who was seeking to reach his first ranking final, cleaned up for 5-5.

In the decider, Williams led 28-24 when he misjudged a containing safety, handing his opponent a chance to pot a red to a top corner. Day made a break of 45 which proved enough to secure a spot in the final.

“I was massively relieved to fall over the line,” said Day. “What you’ve seen tonight is two players that are not up the top of the rankings, fighting tooth and nail, letting the pressure affect them. But tomorrow is a different day. I’m playing Mark Allen, who is the form guy of the whole week and I know I’m going to have to improve massively, but I’m sure I’ll be better than I was tonight, for sure.

“I’ve won three ranking titles but they were not really massive events. This one would go down as a proper big event on home soil. So it would mean the world. I’ve got to come out of the trap early tomorrow and try and put Mark under pressure.

“I’ve got nothing to lose. Everyone, especially after watching that match tonight, will be expecting Mark to win. He’s trounced everybody he’s played. I’ve got a nice cheque coming in at the end of the week that is going to help my ranking, probably get me into one or two extra events that I wasn’t guaranteed before this week and I’ve just got to try to enjoy it.”

Day, who is a Manchester United fan, will now miss the Manchester Derby against rivals City tomorrow. The 42-year-old joked: “I’m not sure if that is a good or bad thing really! City are in good form, United have been a little bit better lately so hopefully, there is an upset in both the football and the snooker tomorrow!”

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