Judd Trump explains ‘immense pride’ as he caps off Mark Allen win with fist pump celebration

Judd Trump delivered the goods against Mark Allen (Picture: Zac Goodwin – Pool/Getty Images)

Judd Trump described his ‘immense pride’ at coming from behind to beat Mark Allen in the first round of the Masters.

The world No.2 recorded a 6-5 victory over his opponent with three centuries on his way to victory, and also came from 25 points down in the last frame to make a crucial 62 which gave him the win.

Two breaks of 101 for Trump and Allen holding his nerve in a cagey fourth frame to make it 2-2 set the tone of this one.

Trump secured another close frame in the eighth to level the scores at 4-4 before notching a brilliant 135 clearance to take the lead and despite Allen forcing a decider, the 32-year-old went on to win the match.

Trump, who missed this event last year after testing positive for Covid, will face either Kyren Wilson or Stuart Bingham in the quarter-finals.

‘I’ve been practicing my socks off and you’ve just got to wait your turn, really,’ he said.

‘You can practice all you want but when you get out there and don’t have the self belief to do it after a few tough losses, it becomes harder and harder each time.

‘I’ve lost a few deciders this season which over the past couple of years I wouldn’t have lost.

‘To be able to turn that around, it’s immense pride to be able to do that and still be in this tournament.’

Clearly delighted his hard work on the practice table paid off as he came from behind, the 2019 champion couldn’t hide his delight as he celebrated with a fist pump to the crowd.

‘Wow. I have been waiting for this for a long time. I have lost a few close ones this season, you lose belief, but to battle back and finish it how I did I am so proud of myself,’ he said.

‘I could not help it [the fist pump]. Usually I am quite reserved but the crowd picks you up and I like the rowdiness of this London crowd, it is amazing.

‘I am just getting warmed up. There are some amazing quarter-final matches and I am so happy to still be in it.’

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