Shaun Murphy’s Narrow Victory in Northern Ireland Open Second Round, Credits ‘Full Selby Mode’

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Former world champion Shaun Murphy escaped a scare to reach the third round of the Northern Ireland Open with a 4-3 victory over Marco Fu.

Murphy led 3-1 but Fu fought back to level the match at 3-3. In the deciding frame, Murphy called a foul on himself at a crucial moment, but he managed to dig deep and prevail to book his spot in the next round.

“I think that’s what they call playing your free escape card!” Murphy said after the match. “I was just fully prepared that I’d lost the game; I’d had chances to win at 3-2 and 3-3.

“The last frame was horrible. We both lost our technique a little bit; it was as if the game didn’t want either of us to win.

“I’ve found myself 27 points behind with just the colours on. In my mind, I just went full [Mark] Selby mode, full granite – ‘I am potting the next ball, I don’t care if we have to stand here all day!’

“There was a lot of good snooker played by us both, there was nice sportsmanship from both sides.”

Earlier in the day, 129th-ranked Stan Moody continued his impressive run with a victory over English compatriot Rod Lawler to reach the second round. He will play either Lukas Kleckers or Gary Wilson in the next round.

Reigning champion and home favourite Mark Allen is in action against Andres Petrov on Monday night.

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Shaun Murphy Survives Marco Fu Scare to Reach Third Round of Northern Ireland Open

Shaun Murphy’s Narrow Victory in Northern Ireland Open Second Round, Credits ‘Full Selby Mode’

Former world champion Shaun Murphy escaped a scare to reach the third round of the Northern Ireland Open with a 4-3 victory over Marco Fu.

Murphy led 3-1 but Fu fought back to level the match at 3-3. In the deciding frame, Murphy called a foul on himself at a crucial moment, but he managed to dig deep and prevail to book his spot in the next round.

“I think that’s what they call playing your free escape card!” Murphy said after the match. “I was just fully prepared that I’d lost the game; I’d had chances to win at 3-2 and 3-3.

“The last frame was horrible. We both lost our technique a little bit; it was as if the game didn’t want either of us to win.

“I’ve found myself 27 points behind with just the colours on. In my mind, I just went full [Mark] Selby mode, full granite – ‘I am potting the next ball, I don’t care if we have to stand here all day!’

“There was a lot of good snooker played by us both, there was nice sportsmanship from both sides.”

Elsewhere, 129th-ranked Stan Moody continued his impressive run with a victory over English compatriot Rod Lawler to reach the second round. He will play either Lukas Kleckers or Gary Wilson in the next round.

Reigning champion and home favourite Mark Allen is in action against Andres Petrov on Monday night.

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