Mark Selby leads the billing for the afternoon session at the British Open on Friday. World No. 2 Judd Trump was the latest leading name to crash out of the event on Thursday, but Selby faces a tough task against Trump’s conqueror Mark Allen, the 2018 Masters winner. The draw is even more wide open following the early exits of Class of ’92 icons Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Williams.
RECAP: ALLEN DOWNS TRUMP IN SHOCK
Mark Allen set up a quarter-final meeting with Mark Selby at the 2022 British Open, squeezing out Judd Trump 4-3 in a tension-filled third round meeting.
A cagey encounter between two familiar foes went the distance late into the Milton Keynes evening, with neither able to consistently produce consistently accurate offensive or defensive play.
It was Trump who appeared to be clicking into gear late on, registering the only century of the match to force a decider.
But Allen, just about, held his nerve to deny Trump a chance at usurping Ronnie O’Sullivan at the top of the world rankings.
“I made it harder for myself than I needed it to be,” Allen told ITV after securing victory. “I let Judd back into the match and it looked like he might go on and win the decider like to players do but I just hung in there and made a decent 55.
“It was a tricky one. But I’m very happy to get over the line.
“Any win over Judd is a good one and I’m just lucky that he wasn’t quite at his best because apparently when he is at his best he beats me ten out of ten.”
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