Murphy aiming to double up

02 May 2021 18:12:35 GMTPlus11

Shaun Murphy is relishing the opportunity to win a second World Snooker Championship title some 16 years after claiming his first.

Murphy produced a fantastic comeback to oust Kyren Wilson 17-12 in the semi-finals, setting up a showdown with Mark Selby - who edged home 17-15 against Stuart Bingham.

I'll be second favourite in the final and that suits me down to the ground.

Shaun Murphy

And Murphy, Crucible beaten finalist in both 2009 and 2015, is excited about the prospect of joining the legendary Alex Higgins as a two-time world champion.

He told reporters: "My game is in really good shape. I have run into people playing out of their skin this season, but this fortnight things have gone my way.

"It would mean the absolute world to win a second title. It would be a thrill to be in that club of players who have won it more than once.

"I'll be second favourite in the final and that suits me down to the ground."

Meanwhile, Selby is one win away from a fourth world title, having been crowned champion in 2014, 2016 and 2017, having lost out 18-13 to John Higgins in the 2007 final.

He added: "It feels incredible to get to another world final. All the hours I put in on the practice table, all the sacrifices being away from home and the family - getting to a world final makes it all worthwhile.

"I need to be on top of my game, because Shaun is playing as well as he has for a long time."

Selby is priced at 1/2 to defeat The Magician, with Murphy available at 13/8 to beat the Jester from Leicester, with the match to need a final-frame decider a 6/1 shot.

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