|2020 Dafabet Masters on the BBC|
|Dates: 12-19 January Venue: Alexandra Palace, London|
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Defending champion Judd Trump used to be knocked out in the Masters first spherical with a 6-3 defeat by Shaun Murphy.
World #1 Trump, 30, made three century breaks to pick a 3-2 lead over Murphy, the 2015 Masters winner.
But Murphy edged the next three frames, including breaks of 77 and 52, sooner than easing by device of the relaxation body to blueprint up a quarter-remaining assembly with number 15 seed Joe Perry.
Later, two-time Masters champion John Higgins beat Barry Hawkins 6-1.
Scotland’s Higgins will play Ali Carter in the quarter-finals. The 44-one year-extinct four-time world champion eased right into a 3-body lead over Hawkins with breaks of 57, 53 and 74 sooner than extending that lead extra to 5-0.
Hawkins, 40, pulled assist a body with a century spoil but Higgins wrapped up the possess with a 59 spoil in the seventh.
‘6-3 used to be flattering for Murphy’ – Trump
Speaking to BBC Sport after his defeat by Murphy, Trump said: “He merely dug in.
“I did no longer indubitably enact that necessary harmful. It be frustrating indubitably due to the I felt luxuriate in I used to be as much as tempo of the game and he used to be merely striking on.
“It felt luxuriate in I did no longer play that indecent and 6-3 used to be maybe a runt of flattering for him.”
Trump’s spoil of 119 in the fifth body used to be his 678th profession century, spirited him to fourth in the all-time checklist.
“Each time I play Shaun, it be always an attractive sport,” he added. “He performed properly currently. He did no longer indubitably omit that many easy balls.
“He had a sport concept to exit there and no longer omit something else easy and let me catch the mistakes, and he performed that gameplan completely.
“It used to be always going to be a anxious design. He’s a truly lovely player, he’s received each occasion there may maybe be to possess, nevertheless it be obviously disappointing to no longer possess bought by device of the principle sport.”
Murphy said: “It felt luxuriate in the turning level did no longer reach except moderately lifeless for me.
“He used to be unplayable for the principle few frames but after we turned the nook. There were merely just a few mistakes right here and there and I purchased away with just a few shots in the relaxation body. You’d like these things in your side to possess.”