Glasgow’s 24-year-old McGill has won countless admirers thanks to his calmness around the table and superb break-building and tactical play. He won three matches to earn a Crucible debut then beat Stephen Maguire 10-9 before scoring by far the biggest victory of his life against world number one Selby. With a pot success of 92% (breaks of 63, 74 and73 in the first session, 56, 125 and 54 in the second session, 68, 87 and 82 in the third one), long pot success of 71% and a safety success of 82% Anthony made a fantastic performance to beat Selby 13-9 and he is through to the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the second time in his career, having reached the same stage of the UK Championship this season, but beaten 4-6 by Ronnie O’Sullivan.
“I thought I played pretty well. To win the second session 6-2 and go 10-6 ahead was massive, but I knew by no means was it over tonight, even when it went to 12-7. He’s not World Champion for nothing and you just see time and time again, Mark Selby comes back at a lot better players than me.”
“It seems every time I win now it’s the biggest win of my career. I’ve beaten Stephen, I’ve now beaten Mark and fingers crossed it keeps happening.”
Murphy did the bulk of the damage in the first two sessions, building a 12-4 lead with top breaks of 121, 68, 79, 54, 57, 50 and 88. Perry delayed the inevitable by winning the opening frame of the third session, before world number eight Murphy completed victory in the next, compiling a run of 68 and sealing the result by potting the last blue and pink. As for his match with qualifier McGill, Murphy said: “He’s a much better all-round player than I was in 2005, I was just a mad potter. He’s a tactician and a break builder, as well as a very nice lad. It’s great to see him come through.
“People might say he’s got nothing to lose, but he’s in the quarter-finals of the World Championship, and when I got that far ten years ago I was thinking I was one of only eight players who could win it.”
H2H: Murphy 3-0
Prediction: I was highly impressed with the way McGill reacted after his win against the reigning champion, I’m confident he will be 100% focused from the start of the quarter final and that he can produce a new great game, but for that first he should not break down psychologically and the best strategy to avoid this is to give his opponent no chance of putting a big difference between them, if such thing happens either of the players can progress.
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