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Shaun Murphy stunned the world number one Judd Trump 6-3 in the first round of the Masters and he puts it down to an intense work ethic over the Christmas period.
The world champion knocked in three big centuries, but they were the only frames he won as the Magician took his chances and pounced on mistakes to record a fantastic victory.
The 2015 champion may not have made the eye-catching breaks that Trump managed, but looked in great form and he credits a heavy practice routine in recent weeks to get him sharp.
‘I took a leaf out of his [Trump’s] book,’ Murphy told Eurosport. ‘A few years ago he publicised the fact that he didn’t really have Christmas off, he didn’t take time away from playing snooker, so I did the same.
‘I took Christmas day off and that was it, I was in the club seven or eight hours a day.
‘It’s sharpness, you get out there and you know you’re ready. You look yourself in the mirror and you know you’ve done the work, that’s the difference.
‘When he opened up with three centuries, it could have all been for nothing, but you’re building for the long term and I’m just so thankful,’
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