That was a real struggle for me, admits Trump
JUDD TRUMP admitted he had never played worse in a major ranking event after he crashed out of the Masters at the quarter-final stage.
The world No 2 and pre-tournament favourite was well below his best against Graeme Dott in the afternoon session and trailed 4-1 at the mid-session interval.
And things did not get any better after the break for 'The Juddernaut' as Dott, the world No.12, reeled off breaks of 54 and 111 to seal a 6-1 victory.
Trump, pictured, who slumped to an embarrassing first-round exit in the UK Championships last month at the hands of qualifier Mark Joyce, could only manage a highest break of 47 in Friday's encounter at the Alexandra Palace.
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And the 23-year-old could not hide his displeasure after the match, struggling to put a finger on his sub-par performance.
"It just didn't happen for me out there," he said.
"Right from the start, I just could not get myself going and by the end I was really struggling.
"That was the worst that I have played and felt since my big breakthrough, it's hard to explain really.
"But credit to Graeme, he played very well by the end of the match and deserved to go through – he took his chances and I didn't.
"I needed to get a good chance early on to get in first and establish myself, but that never came and I missed an easy pink in the second frame that could have got me going."
Trump's last two months have been a disappointment after a red-hot start to the 2012-13 season.
By November such was Trump's form that he had established himself as the new world No 1 and looked set to dominate the sport in a similar way to the likes of Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
But a first-round exit at the UKs saw him lose his top-dog status to Mark Selby, who won the tournament in York.
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