Trump optimistic ahead of Higgins clash

Judd Trump has suffered at the hands of John Higgins before but believes he can topple the Scot to win the Bank of Communication Shanghai Masters title.

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Both won tricky semi-finals, Trump fending off Mark Williams to win 6-4 and Higgins overcoming Shaun Murphy 6-3.

And 23-year-old Trump, who as a qualifier lost to Higgins in the 2011 World Championship final, rates his chances of reversing that result.

"John's a great player and one of the best to ever play so it'll be tough, but I'm here to win it and I fancy my chances in the final," Trump said.

Trump was relieved to withstand a gutsy fightback from Williams in the first semi-final.

The world number two was at one stage 5-1 ahead and on a break of 53, looking as though he would record a straightforward victory.

The match turned when Trump missed a red, Williams punished him and soon threatened to force a deciding frame.

But UK champion Trump kept his composure and strung together a tidy 58 when a chance came his way in the 10th frame.

Trump, who had earlier breaks of 62, 82, 53, 76, 62 and 82, said: "I felt I played a lot better and I dominated the match to go 5-1 up. Then Mark turned things around and every time I thought I had him in trouble, he got out of it.

"It was getting tense at 5-4 so I was really pleased to get over the line."

Four-time world champion Higgins fell 3-2 behind against Murphy, but the 37-year-old recovered and had breaks of 70, 94 and 135, the highest of the tournament so far, in turning the contest around.



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