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Chatteris potter Joe Perry exits snooker 2020 Dafabet Masters in quarter-finals to former champion Shaun Murphy

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Chatteris potter Joe Perry exited this year's Dafabet 2020 Masters in the quarter-finals, 6-3 to former champion Shaun Murphy.

The 45-year-old went 3-1 behind to the 2005 world champion in the opening session and had a chance to hit back for 4-3, but his break ended on 50.

That enabled 2015 Masters winner Murphy to clear the table before snatching the next frame to secure victory. Murphy had compiled breaks of 51, 60, 66 and 120 to progress at Alexandra Palace.

Professional snooker player Joe Perry front, centre.
Professional snooker player Joe Perry front, centre.

Perry, who beat Ding 6-3 in his first-round match, was unhappy with his performance against Murphy and told the BBC: "There were simple shots I was messing up and I didn't get into any rhythm as I was chasing the cue ball around the table.

"They say the balls don't forgive you, I didn't miss lots but played a lot of bad shots, couldn't control the cue ball and found myself the wrong side of the balls and it snowballed out of control.

"It was not a great day at the office, but onwards and upwards."

Murphy reached the semi-finals for the first time in five years, said: "That was tough. Joe was so unlucky so many times, and but for that the match would've been a lot closer.

"I got up today and it was Masters quarter-final day. Deep down I'm still the 11-12-year-old that went to the [Wembley] Conference Centre dreaming of playing in it."

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