Rising young star Judd has an eye on final glory

Semi finalist: Young cueman Judd Trump. Picture: PA
Semi finalist: Young cueman Judd Trump. Picture: PA
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RISING star Judd Trump has the world at his feet with a Crucible final within his grasp.

Snooker’s ‘new kid on the block’ cruised into the Betfred.com World Championship semi-finals yesterday by dumping out Graeme Dott, last year’s runner-up, with a fine 13-5 win at snooker’s greatest stage.

And the 21-year-old is now firmly focused on making sure he goes all the way and pockets the £250,000 first prize.

“I do feel a little bit invincible at the moment, it’s a good feeling to have,” beamed Trump after his victory over 2006 Crucible champion Dott.

“It was a little bit easier than I thought it was going to be. Not that Graeme played badly, I just went out there from the start and played really well.

“It was nice to pile on the pressure early. I didn’t really give him a chance to get back into the match.

“I thought if he got in front it would be a really tough game, so I knew I had to play my best early. I put pressure on him every time I got in. I knew that if I was clearing up every time there would be that extra bit of pressure on him.

“He did miss a few because of that - and luckily I capitalised on a lot of his mistakes.”

Ahead 11-5 overnight, Trump was always favourite to progress and, in the end, he needed just over 20 minutes, thanks to breaks of 67 and 78 to send three-time Crucible finalist Dott packing.

“If he plays like that, he’s going to be very hard to stop,” reflected Dott.

“It would be fantastic for snooker if he won it.

“I would rather play guys like Judd Trump, who’s a breath of fresh air, the way he plays, it’s the way the game should be played.

“I wished him all the best after the match. I just said to him, ‘Keep believing in yourself, believe in what you’re doing’. He’s definitely got a chance of going all the way.”

Next up for Trump is a mouth-watering semi-final showdown with either Mark Selby, the 2007 finalist, or Chinese cueman Ding Junhui, this season’s Wembley Masters finalist.