LAST year’s beaten finalist Judd Trump played down any rift with Ali Carter as he crashed out of the 2012 Betfred.com World Championship after a dramatic 13-12 deciding frame defeat.
Trump led 12-9 and missed good chances to secure his quarter-final place, but a courageous Carter bravely rallied to win four frames in succession for a stunning victory.
“Me and Ali have always got on, there’s just a lot of pressure out there [in the arena],” said Trump.
But the world No 2 was annoyed with Carter’s post-match comments that he is a “one-dimensional” player and his opponent’s sarcastic clapping at an important stage in the final session having fluked a snooker.
“If he wants to do that [clap], then that’s up to him. He’s 30-odd years old and it’s childish,” added Trump. “I haven’t got a clue really what he’s talking about [me being a one-dimensional player]. I’m still a lot younger than him and done a lot better, so let’s just let the snooker do the talking.”
A high calibre match saw both players miss out on memorable maximum 147 breaks. Trump ran out of position on a break of 96 in the 19th frame having potted 12 reds and 12 blacks, while Carter missed an 11th successive red on a break of 81 as his hopes of making a second Crucible maximum disappeared.
And Carter was equally keen to play down any grudge between the two players despite the pair having traded insults on Twitter after the penultimate session of their best-of-25 match which Trump won 6-2.
“There’s more to this game than just potting them from everywhere believe me - and I’ve proved that,” said Carter. “I was glad today I was strong enough to stand and beat him. He can see what it feels like to have a nasty scar in your career because it’s not easy to get over.”
Trump resumed 9-7 ahead and moved within one frame of victory thanks to breaks of 59, 96 and 53, but Carter rallied with runs of 81, 53 and 47 to keep his title hopes alive.
Triple world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan wasted little time in booking his place in the quarter-finals with a 13-6 win over Mark Williams, a double Crucible winner.
The ‘Rocket’ resumed with a 11-5 overnight lead and finished the job against Welshman Williams to set up a showdown with Australian Neil Robertson, the 2010 Crucible winner, in the next phase.
Matthew Stevens, twice a Crucible finalist, booked his last eight place with a 13-11 victory over Barry Hawkins.
Results: Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Mark Williams 13-6, Ali Carter beat Judd Trump 13-12
Last eight line-up: Stephen Hendry(Scot) v Stephen Maguire (Scot), Jamie Jones (Wal) v Ali Carter (Eng), O’Sullivan (Eng) v Neil Robertson (Aus), Ryan Day (Wal) v Matthew Stevens (Wal).