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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 19:31 GMT 20:31 UK
Dott eases past Gray
By Dan Warren
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Graeme Dott
Dott beat world number four John Higgins in the previous round
Graeme Dott reached the Crucible semi- finals for the first time as he sealed a comfortable 13-7 win over David Gray.

The hard work was done in the opening two sessions, when the Scot built up a commanding 11-5 lead.

But he was far from convincing when play resumed, losing the opening frame when Gray made a 92 break, then edging a tense 40-minute frame to go 12-6 up.

Dott fluffed a red to give Gray the chance to win the next frame, but the number 13 seed won through in the next.

Dott said that in the semi-final, the pressure would be on his opponent, Matthew Stevens.

"You watch the Crucible when it gets to one table as a kid, and wonder what it would be like to play there," he said.

"Pride means I want to put in a good performance, but Matthew is a massive favourite for the semi-final although I have belief that I can beat him.

"I thought my quarter-final was a rubbish game, but I made it through."


Quarter-final result:

D Gray (Eng) 7-13 G Dott (Sco)

17-66 40-74 (67) 42-68 64-1 (60) 32-61 34-64 27-65 (55) 66-25 49-53 69-42 14-83 (65) 41-70 75-46 (52) 54-66 1-80 (80) 67-31 93-11(92) 49-63 84-59 (56 Gray, 55 Dott) 33-65 (62)


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