Murphy targets second UK title
Shaun Murphy is pleased that his game is coming together after easing to a 6-1 win against Mark King in the quarter-finals of the UK Championship.
King had been in fine form in York, knocking out Luca Brecel and John Higgins in the previous two rounds, but could not compete with an in-form Murphy, who complied breaks of 71, 56, 78, 75 and 60 to set up a semi-final clash with Ryan Day. Murphy is 4/9 to win the last-four encounter and reach Sunday's final.
It will be Murphy's sixth appearance in the semi-finals of the UK Championship, and he is 3/1 to win the trophy for a second time following his previous triumph in 2008.
"I knew I was up against one of the men to beat because Mark knocked out John Higgins," said Murphy afterwards.
"I had some luck and on another day it could have been a lot closer. When my long potting is good I can be dangerous, and my safety game has been working for the last few weeks.
"It's nice for everything to come together in a big week."
Day reached the semi-finals by edging to a 6-5 victory against Mark Joyce.
Meanwhile, Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Martin Gould 6-3 in the last eight and will meet Stephen Maguire, who saw off Joe Perry by the same scoreline, in the semi-finals.
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