Steve Davis heaped the praise on Judd Trump after he claimed a 12-5 lead over John Higgins in the World Championship final – but he doesn’t necessarily think it is game over just yet.
Davis, who claimed six world titles between 1981 and 1989, says he was “in shock” after watching Trump win the second session 8-1, but he feels Higgins isn’t beaten just yet.
“This has been controlled annihilation of a great player,” said Davis in his role as a pundit for the BBC. “I’ve seen some astonishing snooker here, a lot of it from Ronnie O’Sullivan, but that was a different type of astonishing. I am a little bit in shock.
“He is making a lot of very difficult shots seem very easy. He’s not had easy breaks, they’ve been problematic, but he has pulled shot after shot out of the bag.”
Trump’s lead is commanding, but Higgins is a four-time champion at the Crucible and Davis believes there is still a chance ‘The Wizard of Wishaw’ can produce some magic to fight his way back into the best-of-35 frame match.
“Judd Trump was clinical as well as brilliant and he quite rightly got a standing ovation,” he added. “I would have hated to be sitting where John was. It was horrible for him.
“But Judd has to sleep on a lead and maybe the fact that he could be world champion will affect him.”
Higgins does have form for a big fightback and last year he drew level with Mark Williams at 15-15 after being seven frames behind, although he ultimately ended up as the runner-up.
Higgins is 9.50 to claim the win, or 2.88 to come out on top with a +5.5 frame handicap.