Shaun Murphy: "I'm playing best snooker of my life"

Shaun Murphy admits that he is relishing the chance to match his achievement of 2005 by going all the way in this year's Snooker World Championship.

Shaun Murphy has admitted that he feels on top of the world, having beaten Joe Perry 13-5 to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Snooker World Championship.

The 32-year-old, who last won the showpiece event back in 2005, pushed on from a 12-5 overnight lead to secure his passage through to the final eight.

A break of 68 was enough for Murphy to seal the winning frame, and he will now face Anthony McGill for a place in the semis.

"I think I am playing the best snooker of my life," he told BBC Sport. "It's nice to get through. "[Being so far in front] is difficult to approach but I tried to prepare in exactly the same way as I would normally do and hope I got the chance to get over the line."

Murphy reached the quarter-final stage at The Crucible 12 months ago, before being comprehensively beaten by Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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