Judd Trump was able to reach the semi-finals of the European Masters after overcoming Mark Allen in a 4-3 win. This game between the defending champion and Allen was a repeat of the UK Championship final 2011. Trump was able to come ahead get in front even in this game. The epic game was once again repeated today, as Trump managed to keep his good head-to-head record against Allen going. In the last seven meetings at a ranking tournament, Trump has been able to come out successful in five of the games against Allen. Now, Trump will be looking to end his disappointing record of never having been able to defend his seven ranking titles so far in his career.
After having reached the semi-finals, Trump is only two matches from retaining the title. Even after this defeat, Allen will be able to take plenty of positives from the game as it was a strong showing. However, it was one of the several final frame losses that he has suffered. He has now gone out of four in the last five events that he has taken part in 2017.
Trump had been involved in some tight quarters in the first few rounds of the competition, but he was able to come out in flying colours against Allen. He was able to open up a 3-0 lead rather quickly, but Allen forced himself back into the reckoning in order to provide a competitive look to the score. Breaks at 102 and 76 meant that Allen was able to get back 3-2. When both players were set up against the decider, Trump managed to take the plaudits by breaking at 70.
After the game, Trump claimed that it was extremely important for him to defend the title as it has been the way for many of the top stars in the past.