Murphy delighted to edge past Trump
Shaun Murphy says he was "thrilled" to get the job done against Judd Trump and book his spot in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship after an enthralling end to their quarter-final clash.
Murphy, who lifted the trophy in Sheffield back in 2005, looked to be on course for a comfortable last-eight victory after moving into a 10-6 lead heading into Wednesday evening's final session.
I feel like the character from the Rocky IV film, who was pummelled by the Russian [boxer] for an hour.Shaun Murphy
However, Trump, winner of this event in 2019, had other ideas and he started to produce the kind of pots that are so often associated with him as he battled for his place in the semi-finals.
The 'Juddernaut' won five of the first six frames in the final session to level the scores at 11-11 and the huge momentum swing suggested he would be prolonging his stay at the Crucible.
However, just when required, Murphy regained his composure and a break of 70 put him just one frame from victory before a break of 62 helped seal a fine 13-11 win.
Speaking after the victory, Murphy said, as quoted by BBC Sport: "I feel like the character from the Rocky IV film, who was pummelled by the Russian [boxer] for an hour. Some of the shots Judd kicked off with tonight were ridiculous and they kept going in. I just dug in when I eventually got my chance.
"The more momentum he got the louder his supporters got - 90% of my last two hours were horrific. When I got my chance I was thrilled I made it count."
Murphy, who is 11/8 to win the World Snooker Championship, will now take on Kyren Wilson in the semi-finals, with the first session due to start on Thursday at 19:00.
The 2005 champion is 11/10 to win the match, while Wilson is available at 8/11.