Judd Trump assesses Mark Allen’s ‘different style’ ahead of Masters clash

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Judd Trump and Mark Allen meet at the Masters on Wednesday (Pictures: Getty)

Judd Trump sees first round Masters opponent Mark Allen as a ‘tricky player’ with a ‘different style of play’ but also feels: ‘If I play my best I’m going to win 10 times out of 10.’

The Ace and the Pistol meet on Wednesday afternoon at Alexandra Palace in one of the highlights of the first round draw at the Masters.

Allen has the better of the head-to-head record between the two former Masters champions, winning their most recent meeting when he bounced back from 0-3 down to prevail 5-3 at this season’s Northern Ireland Open.

Trump knows he is always in for a tough contest with Allen, but also feels that if he finds top form then he will be into the quarter-finals.

‘He’s a very good player, but for a top player he’s got a different style of play,’ Trump told Metro.co.uk of Allen.

‘He’s a tricky player, if you’re not playing your best, he’s always at a level that he’ll make those difficult clearances and pot the awkward shots.

‘He can blow people away, but he’s someone who I feel if I play my best against I’m going to win 10 times out of 10. But if you’re five per cent off, or missing the odd ball you shouldn’t miss he’s up there with John Higgins as one of the players under pressure to make big clearances. He’s a bit tricky in that way.

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‘He’s someone I know I need to play well every time, it’s usually quite a close game against him, but someone I usually play half decent against because I know I need to. His level doesn’t drop below a certain per cent.’

Asked if he was looking for a bit of revenge on Allen for that contest in Belfast, Trump insists that he never dwells on any defeat these days. Although with only one tournament win so far this season, it has not been quite as easy to move on from losses as in the last two campaigns.

‘No loss really ever stings for me now, I just get on with it and onto the next event,’ he said. ‘Obviously this year hasn’t been as good because I haven’t won as many events in between the losses.

‘But still I’ve won the same amount of events as everyone else, it’s not  that bad, it’s not as dramatic as everyone makes out. I‘ve still won probably the second biggest event of the season so far [the Champion of Champions].’

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Judd Trump beat John Higgins to win the Champion of Champions (Picture: Taka G Wu/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Trump may not be dominating the field like he did over the previous two seasons, but he says his top form is not far off and, with competition fierce, he just has to wait his turn for more glory.

‘It’s only been the odd shot here or there,’ he said. ‘There was a shot against Mark Allen to go 4-0. There was a shot against Mark King in the quarter-finals [at the English Open], shots I haven’t been missing in the last couple of years.

‘People think I’m not playing well but that’s just how fine the margin is. Pot a ball or two in those games I’d probably have won the tournament because I was playing pretty well.

‘When you stop winning you just lose that habit and a bit of belief, but I’ve worked hard and there are no other issues so you’ve just got to wait your turn.

‘Ronnie had to wait his turn for 18 months and that could open the floodgates for him, he could win another three or four this season, you just have to wait your turn in snooker.

‘I’ve had an excellent three years and I’ll just try and continue that in the second half of the season.’

Trump and Allen meet at 1pm on Wednesday 12 January.


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