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What a remarkable effort from John Higgins.

He went into this tournament just happy to be playing well once against, but now he's made his third Crucible final and his first since 2001.

The Wizard of Wishaw seemed down and out after going 14-10 behind.

Maguire played out of his skin in the third session, but did not get a good run of the balls in the final session, with Higgins looking relaxed to the end.

Well done John - a truly maginificent effort.

Meanwhile, it seemed at one point that qualifier Mark Selby would pull away from Shaun Murphy in their semi-final.

The "Jester from Leicester" (I've found out that apparently he's quite a comedian) twice had a two-frame lead after winning the 18th and 20th.

He also fired in his eighth and ninth tons of the championship and edged out the 2005 champion in the foul-fest 17th.

But Murphy is now a relative veteran of this stage and has been in steamier pressure-cooker situations than this - the Crucible final two years ago.

Apart from being able to make big breaks, he has also shown his ability to scrap. And in this penultimate session of the quarter-finals he won the scrappy ones.

It will be more tense and nervy in the final session. I predict more scrappy frames and I'm still sticking with a Murphy win.

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comment by mark (U7978750)

posted May 5, 2007

ok mate i will be back tomorow for the answer very nice talking to you

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posted May 5, 2007

think Higgins vs Murphy will be a lot more competitive - but I'm
not knocking Selby he's played outa his skin all tournament

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posted May 5, 2007

Selby was wonderful in frame 30!

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posted May 5, 2007

This is exciting.

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posted May 5, 2007

I was glued to the final session. Quite simply a brilliant performance from the Leicester lad. Deserved the win. Now, how will the Higgins v Selby final pan out? Who knows.

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posted May 6, 2007

I've had a feeling for the last few rounds that Selby's name is on the trophy, he never seems to crack at all. If he loses one or two frames he'll win the next two or three. He's beaten 2 World Champions so far, but for me, the skill and attitude he showed, coming back from 5-0 down, to win 8 in a row against Stephen Lee in the first round. The guy's got a huge amount of bottle and I hope he goes all the way through to win on Monday night !!!

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comment by sonia (U8192971)

posted May 6, 2007

Mark 2 Win!!!

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comment by zynonyz (U2125195)

posted May 6, 2007

>He's beaten 2 World Champions so far, but for >me, the skill and attitude he showed, coming >back from 5-0 down, to win 8 in a row against >Stephen Lee in the first round.

Fair enough, but he did not have to beat Rocket in the route.
Though it is not good to write off anyone specially if he is playing the finals, but the way Higgins has been playing i am sure it is not going to be that first round match that Shelby won.
If Shelby won a difficult semifinal, Higgins has won even tougher one.

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comment by dasslad (U7023436)

posted May 7, 2007

Selby all the way (bbc people when can i paste comments with out you checking them? i've been a member a few months now!)

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posted May 7, 2007

Come on Mark, keep Higgins in his seat and keep the dream alive !!!

Can anyone tell me why they have only played 6 frames this afternoon....it leaves a possible 13 frames for the evening session !!!

Is it always like this or has something gone wrong somewhere ???

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