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Trump And Selby Storm into Quarters

TrumpJudd Trump and Mark Selby both enjoyed 4-0 wins on Thursday night to reach the quarter-finals of the European Masters in Bucharest.

Trump took just 49 minutes to whitewash Andrew Higginson.  It has been a slow start to the season for the world number four – he has yet to reach a semi-final – but he now looks to be hitting top form and faces a showpiece clash against John Higgins at the Circul Globus on Friday afternoon.

A break of 61 helped Bristol’s Trump win the opening frame today, then Higginson might have levelled but missed the black off its spot when trailing 44-48 with one red left. Trump capitalised to go 2-0 up and that proved the key moment as he rattled through the last two frames with runs of 118 and 94.

“I felt very comfortable out there and I punished his mistakes,” said Trump. “I’ve changed my cue three times this season so I didn’t expect a flying start. I’m comfortable now and happy with the cue. With the form I have shown this week I feel I’ve got a good chance in this tournament.”

SelbySelby’s 4-0 victory over Barry Hawkins was less comfortable, but a series of errors from Hawkins allowed World Champion Selby to secure a meeting with Alfie Burden.

Breaks of 44, 48, 42, 63 and 48 were the highlights for Selby as he stepped up his bid for a second ranking title of the season, having won the Paul Hunter Classic in August.

Friday’s quarter-finals
John Higgins v Judd Trump

Not before 2pm
Mark Selby v Alfie Burden

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Mark Davis

Not before 8pm
Neil Robertson v Anthony McGill