Judd Trump edges out Barry Hawkins at Betfair.com Masters
JUDD Trump produced a fine comeback to keep his Betfair.com Masters title hopes alive last night.
Bristol potter Trump clinched a 6-5 first round victory over Barry Hawkins at London's Alexandra Palace.
But from 3-2 up Trump lost the next three frames as he slipped 5-3 down and on the verge of a shock exit.
However, the former world No 1 held his nerve under immense pressure and pocketed two century breaks in two of the final three frames to secure to avoid an upset.
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"I thought I was going out," said Trump. "Luckily, I managed to take my chances to get through."
Former UK champion Trump lost a scrappy opening frame, but hit back to level with a break of 57 in the second frame of their pair's best-of-11 frame clash.
Fellow left-hander Hawkins moved 2-1 up with a break of 83, but Trump responded with a 99 break to leave the match all-square at the interval.
A break of 73 saw Trump move ahead for the first time in the match, only for Hawkins to respond with runs of 109, 85 and 61 to edge within one frame of a famous win.
Trump, though, had other ideas as he knocked in a brilliant 105 break to reduce his arrears and then forced a deciding frame by winning the next frame oh the final pink ball.
And the best was yet to come as Trump pocketed a match-high break of 107 under pressure to finish the match in style.
Next up is a quarter-final showdown with Graeme Dott on Friday.