Judd Trump’s impressive start to 2019 shows no signs of slowing down after he beat world number one Mark Selby 5-1 in the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix on Friday.
The Juddernaut, who also beat Selby en route to winning The Masters last month, recorded breaks of 77, 86, 102 and 72 to ease his way into his third ranking event semi-final of the season.
The victory also means Trump now leads his head-to-head record against Selby 6-5 and he felt he was on top form throughout the contest.
“I felt good. Very confident and very relaxed,” Trump told World Snooker.
“I took my practice game out there which is quite rare. It was just one of those days where everything went right.”
The 29-year-old also talked up the qualities of Selby, admitting he has tried to add some of the Jester from Leicester’s obvious qualities to his own game over the last few years.
“I’ve learned a lot from Mark over the last few seasons. His safety, determination and never giving in. I’ve tried to take that into my game and that is really paying off.”
The Englishman’s reward for reaching the semi-finals will be a clash with compatriot Barry Hawkins on Saturday after he came through his quarter-final tie with Kyren Wilson 5-2.
Trump is priced at 1.44 to win that match and book his place in the final in Cheltenham, while Hawkins is available at 2.63.
Ali Carter is the man that awaits the winner after he thrashed Xiao Guodong 6-0 in Friday’s first semi-final.