Judd Trump beat Mark Allen by 6-4 yesterday evening, to book his place in the final today. He will face Neil Robertson over best of 19.
TRUMP TO MEET ROBERTSON FOR MANBETX CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TITLE
Judd Trump 6–4 Mark Allen
67-8 (52), 89-0 (61), 95-0 (67), 24-70 (56), 0-140 (140), 0-114 (106), 0-69 (69), 93-35 (82), 80-43, 98-0 (98)
Judd Trump will face Neil Robertson in the final of the ManBetX Champion of Champions after the World No.1 defeated Mark Allen 6-4 in their semi-final at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Trump took a 3-0 lead in the match and looked on-course to be four up at the mid-session interval, but a kick with 24 on the board handed control to Allen. From there it was 45 minutes until the World Champion would score again.
Allen made 393 points without reply to go from 3-0 down to 4-3 up with breaks including a 106 and the tournament’s highest so far, a 140. Trump responded with an 82 and with the help of a fluked red regained his lead in the ninth frame. A perfect split early in the tenth presented Trump the opportunity to seal victory, which he did with a break of 98.
“At 4-3 down he was looking in complete control,” said Trump. “I was unlucky not to go 4-0 up, I got quite a bad kick but the same happened to him when he could have gone 5-3 up. The game turned a little bit on a few bits of luck either way. I looked out of it; he didn’t look like missing from where I was sat. He looked in complete control but I managed to pot a few crucial balls at crucial times, I got a bit of luck to go 5-4 up and made a good break in the last.
“Over the last few years Neil has really come back to form, the same as me. He had a massive win over Ronnie from what I saw last night. They were both playing well so he will take a lot of confidence from that but my record against him is pretty good so I go in fancying my chances.”
I think the Judd Trump was a bit lucky that Mark Allen got off to a very slow start. Judd missed his fair share of long pots in this match, but for the first three frames and a bit, Mark Allen looked completely out of sorts. When Mark was coming back at him, Judd didn’t look at all confident sat in his chair. If Mark had been competing right from the start, the match could have been very different. Also, the fluke in frame eight was massive.
Why Mark was so out of sorts, I’m not sure. There were quite a bit of “Go Mark” shouting in the crowd at the start of the match, and, in the past, Mark has been known for not coping really well with those situations where he has a lot of supporters in the audience. His record in his home tournament, the Northern Ireland Open is far from great; last year he lost to Niu Zhang in the first round, the previous year he had lost in round 2. So, maybe – only maybe – that’s what happened again here.
So, who will win today? Well, if both play like they played in the semi finals, there is only one winner and that’s Neil Robertson. But, of course, today is another day, another match, and nothing guaranties that either of them will come to the table with their SF form…