Murphy has won five tournaments in the past 15 months
Shaun Murphy cruised into a 12-4 lead over Joe Perry to draw within one frame of a place in the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship.
Murphy, who lifted the trophy ten years ago, has dominated his last 16 contest against Perry and will surely set up a clash with qualifier Anthony McGill.
World number eight Murphy led 7-1 after the first session and, sporting a cherry-red suit, reeled off the first three frames tonight with top breaks of 57 and 50, raising the possibility of finishing the match a session early.
Gritty world number nine Perry fought back to take the next two with runs of 74 and 131. Murphy got the better of frame 14 then made an 88 to lead 12-3. But Perry ensured he would live to fight another day by making a 74 in the last of the session.
Judd Trump is also on target for a place in the last eight as he won five of the eight frames in his second session against Marco Fu to lead 10-6. Trump, runner-up to John Higgins in 2011, will face Ding Junhui next if he can add the three frames he needs tomorrow.
Bristol’s Trump won a tight opening frame tonight by clearing from the last red, then reeled off the next three, making a 111 in frame 12 to lead 9-3 at the interval.
Hong Kong’s Fu made a 32 clearance in the next then made runs of 54 and 34 to close to 9-5. Trump’s 75 put him five frames ahead, but Fu dominated the last of the session to raise his hopes of a fight-back tomorrow.
Both matches resume at 1pm on Monday.
Trump has appeared in five finals this season and won two titles