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Judd Trump hails "best season ever" after booking semi-final spot

Judd Trump hails
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The world number one saw off Ding Junhui in Milton Keynes and will face Barry Hawkins on Saturday.

Judd Trump hailed his “best season ever” after reaching his seventh ranking semi-final of the current campaign with victory over Ding Junhui at the German Masters in Milton Keynes.

The world number one produced a century break in the second frame as he soared into a 3-0 lead, but was then drawn into a battle and had to grind out his 5-3 win.

Trump’s tally of titles is still three short of the six he scooped last season as he stamped his authority at the top of the world rankings.

The 31-year-old said: “For me this is my best season ever – I know I won six last year but the consistency I have shown this season has been second to none.

“Even when I haven’t been at my best in this tournament or at the UK Championship, I just manage to dig in when you need to under pressure.”

Ding had staged a stirring fightback with back-to-back breaks over 80 to reduce the deficit to one, but Trump prevailed after two lengthy final frames.

Trump will face Barry Hawkins in the semi-finals on Saturday after the former World Championship finalist swept past Northern Ireland’s Jordan Brown 5-1.

Jack Lisowski came through a nervy encounter with Stuart Bingham to book his last-four place with a 5-3 win, and he will face Tom Ford, who was a 5-1 winner over Joe O’Connor.

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