Trump equals century record at Champion of Champions, says: 'It wasn't my best'
Judd Trump made five centuries in his 6-3 win over David Gilbert at the Champion of Champions on Tuesday night, but insists it ‘wasn’t my best snooker.’
The stunning display of scoring equalled the record for most centuries in a best of 11-frame match, previously set by Fergal O’Brien at the 2016 UK Championship when he beat Barry Hawkins 6-5.
The world number one knocked in breaks of 103, 117, 112, 107 and 138 to move into the semi-finals in Milton Keynes, but played down the incredible display.
‘Yeah I think it wasn’t my best snooker but the scoring was there,’ said the world number one.
‘Maybe it’s a little bit flatter when you make century breaks you feel like you’ve played a bit better than you have.
‘I felt good towards the end though, every time I got in towards the end I was going to score heavy.
‘Not so much at the start, I was sort of winging in, getting through. I was just staying with him because he was the better player at the start.’
Gilbert had the lead at 2-1 and the game remained close at 4-3 in Trump’s favour, before the Juddernaut claimed the last two frames without the Angry Farmer scoring a point.
‘Dave’s a great player, looking for a bit of confidence and you don’t want to be giving him easy chances,’ continued the recent English Open winner.
‘In the end, very happy with how I finished the match and obviously nice to make five centuries, it’s not often that happens.’
Trump is favourite to win this event although he has never managed to before, twice reaching the final, including last year when he was narrowly beaten by Neil Robertson in an epic.
‘It’d be nice to get this one out the way and people can stop mentioning this one like the World and the Masters a couple of years ago,’ he said.
‘It’s be nice to win every event, but then people will say I’ll have to win it for a second time now.’
This superb performance came after Trump comfortable saw off Stuart Bingham 4-0 in the first round, rolling in another century of 119.
He joins Neil Robertson in the semi-finals, with two more groups to play before the semis begin on Friday.
Mark Selby plays Luca Brecel and Stephen Maguire meets Kyren Wilson in the opening games on Wednesday, before Ronnie O’Sullivan plays Michael Holt and Mark Allen takes on Scott Donaldson on Thursday.
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