Trump fights back to avoid Un-Nooh shock in final frame thriller

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Trump fights back to avoid Un-Nooh shock in final frame thriller

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Judd Trump overturned a 6-3 deficit to win a thrilling final-frame decider against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and keep his World Championship hopes on track.

The world number seven was outplayed on Tuesday and in danger of joining Ronnie O'Sullivan as a first-round casualty.

But he rediscovered his form to win five of the first six frames on Wednesday morning for an 8-7 lead.

The Thai world number 43 forced a deciding frame but a horrible miscue helped Trump to a 10-9 win.

Trump is the new bookmakers' favourite to lift his first world title after five-time champion O'Sullivan's shock exit to amateur James Cahill on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who will play Ding Junhui in the last 16, scored a 53 in the final frame after setting up the chance with a wonderful crossed-double red.

"The double was a huge shot," Trump said. "I didn't have a lot on so I opted for the double and was over the moon to see it go in.

"I was better today. I missed a lot yesterday and made it easy for him.

"He goes for everything and it's a scary style of play to play against, so it's a big relief to get through."

Both players scored three breaks of 50-plus when play resumed on Wednesday to take a captivating match all the way.

But reigning Masters champion Trump made fewer unforced errors and capitalised on more of the chances that came his way to get over the line.

Elsewhere, 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins totally dominated the first session against China's Li Hang, scoring four breaks of more than 50 to build an 8-1 lead going into tonight's evening session.

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