Graeme Dott: through to the Masters semi-finals
Judd Trump bowed out of the Masters at the quarter-final stage on Friday as he lost 6-1 against former world champion Graeme Dott.Trump missed countless easy balls in an uncharacteristically poor performance.The Bristol man has not looked himself since winning the International Championship in China last autumn - he was knocked out of the UK Championship in the first round - but it is hard to recall a poorer performance from him since he rose to prominence at the 2011 World Championship.That it took Dott until the final frame to post a break of substance - a fine 111 - showed how scrappy an affair it was, with the Scot benefiting from taking his chances, something Trump signally failed to do.Time and again Trump left routine balls in the jaws of the pocket. Often he missed by inches and berated himself as he walked back to his seat."It's weird, you expect Judd to play well and sometimes, if someone doesn't play well, it puts you off," Dott, who will play Mark Selby in the semi-finals, told BBC2."He really struggled from the first frame. I've not had any form for the last four or five months and even today I felt I missed a lot of bad shots."It was going to be hard for Judd to live up how he had been playing."Until Dott's century it was an attritional affair, the Scot taking a 2-0 lead with moderate contributions, with his long potting the difference.Trump got back to 2-1 despite a rash of misses in the third frame but that would be his last success. Dott ran away with it after that, taking the fourth after Trump missed a simple red, swiping at the air as he did so.A 54 from Dott took it to 5-1 and, with the game almost locked up, he produced his hundred to get over the line.