Judd Trump is not too worried about Stephen Maguire’s sparking form ahead of their Tour Championship semi-final clash, expecting to hit his stride as the Scot falters.
Maguire was superb in his quarter-final win over Neil Robertson, knocking in six centuries in a 9-5 victory over the world number two.
In comparison, Trump laboured to his 9-4 win over John Higgins, which was comfortable but the world champion rarely looked at his brilliant best.
The world number one is far from worried about the contrasting performances, knowing he has more in his locker while Maguire is extremely unlikely to produce that kind of display again.
‘He’s played unbelievable snooker, but it’s very hard to back that up. I was pleased with how I got through,’ Judd said after beating Higgins.
‘I can only get better and he can only get worse so hopefully we meet somewhere in the middle.’
The world champ was thoroughly impressed by Maguire, though, telling ITV Sport: ‘It always seems to be a good standard against him.
‘He’s someone that I enjoy playing, gets on with the game. The way he scores, he makes it look so easy at times.
‘The way he played in his first match is some of the best snooker I’ve ever seen, so I know I’ll have my work cut out to beat him.
‘You can’t always play your best snooker, I’ve showed what I can do on the big stages now, so I don’t need to play like that all the time and I don’t need to be disheartened when I don’t play like that, everyone’s seen what I’m capable of.
‘It’s so important to still be in these events and give myself another shot to produce that form again.’
Maguire admitted after his romp against Robertson that he will not be knocking in six centuries again any time soon.
‘I’ll never play like that again,’ the 39-year-old told WST. ‘If I can play half of that, I would take it. Centuries don’t do anything for me, but if I could play half of that standard and make 60s and 70s, I’ll take that.
‘I don’t mind that out there, when it is just me. It feels like a practice match and you are just trying your hardest. It was different, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it because I played great.’
Maguire will be looking to snap a four-match losing streak against Trump which dates back to last year’s World Championship quarter-final. He came close at the Players Championship this season, but Judd produced a superb 70 clearance in the deciding frame to win 6-5.
The match is played over a best of 17 on Wednesday, with the winner going on to face either Mark Selby or Mark Allen in Friday’s final.
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