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Shaun Murphy reaches Masters semi-final

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Shaun Murphy is through to the semi-finals of the Dafabet Masters, after coming from 4-1 down to beat Marco Fu 6-4 at the Alexandra Palace.

The Magician will make his third consecutive appearance in the last four of the competition on Saturday, where he will play defending champion Mark Selby.

Having trailed 4-1 at one point, the world number eight produced some magnificent snooker while his opponent faltered as he reeled off five straight frames.

In a repeat of their cracking 2008 UK Championship final encounter, a break of 76 was enough for Fu to win the opening frame. Murphy was in first in frame two with 48, before runs of 31 and 30 doubled the Australian Open winner’s lead.

Fu made it three in the next, before the 2012 runner-up narrowed the deficit before the mid-session interval with a run of 49 along the way.

The 2011 finalist restored his three-frame advantage with a break of 71, but that was as good as it got as solid visits of 86 and 81 brought Murphy to within a single frame at 4-3.

The 31-year-old then brought the match all square with a stunning 117 break, before he took the lead for the first time on the black in frame nine to move one away from victory.

Sure enough, he needed no second invitation as a run of 64 sealed his place in the last four.

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