Top Trump at his very best

Judd Trump in action at the Dafabet Masters 2016 at Alexandra Palace (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Judd Trump in action at the Dafabet Masters 2016 at Alexandra Palace (pic: Adam Davy/PA) - Credit: PA ARCHIVE IMAGES

Grove Academy star Masters Robertson

Judd Trump believes he produced the best performance of his career after coming through arguably the greatest match in Masters history today.

The Chigwell cueman, who practises at the Grove Academy in Romford, won 6-5 against Neil Robertson in an incredibly high-quality encounter featuring six century breaks – the most of any best-of-11 contest in snooker history.

Trump made four of those hundreds in the quarter-final at London’s Alexandra Palace and although he never trailed, still needed a majestic 129 in the final frame to clinch it.

World number three Robertson has won the last two major events – the Champion of Champions and the UK Championship – playing the best snooker of his career, but was simply outgunned by an inspired Trump.

“It was a superb game and we both probably played as well as you can play,” said Trump.

“We dragged each other along and it’s definitely one of the best games I’ve been involved in.

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“It’s up there with my best-ever performances and that’s got to be the best I’ve played on the big stage, certainly in terms of break-building.

“In that last frame I just said to myself ‘there’s no point playing like this and losing’ so I made sure I went out and won the last frame.

“Under pressure recently I haven’t been very good –I’ve been edgy and twitchy. So to make a century under pressure in front of a big crowd gives me a lot of confidence.”

By his own admission, Trump has never really felt comfortable at the Masters, despite it being the closest tournament to his home.

But as he gears up for a semi-final with world number eight Barry Hawkins on Saturday, the 26-year-old is convinced he will be in good shape if he can produce anywhere near a similar performance.

“It will be fantastic if I can play like that again, but you can’t expect to play like that. That’s the sort of level where if you have two or three of them in a season then you’re lucky,” added Trump.

“If I can play anywhere near that then I’ll have a chance against Barry, but Barry is a tough player – he’s very consistent.

“This is probably the only one of the three big BBC tournaments that I don’t feel comfortable in, but this year I’ve managed to turn that around. It would be fantastic to reach the final.”

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