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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 January 2007, 21:43 GMT
Murphy wins to set up Hendry tie
Shaun Murphy
Murphy completed the quarter-final line-up
Former world champion Shaun Murphy completed the quarter-final line-up at the Masters after a 6-3 victory over Steve Davis at Wembley Arena.

He now faces Stephen Hendry, who narrowly avoided becoming the first player to squander a 5-0 Masters lead as he scraped past Matthew Stevens 6-5.

Hendry was 5-0 up before the Welshman won five on the spin, taking the match to a decider, which the Scot won.

Murphy's win maintained his 100% record against five-time champion Davis.

A beaten finalist last year, Murphy pocketed a 73 break for a 1-0 advantage only to see Davis hit back for a scrappy second.

However, it was one-way traffic from there on in as Murphy compiled breaks of 59, 71, 64 and 52 for a commanding 5-1 advantage.

Davis had a match-high break of 61 in the eighth as he battled back to 5-3 behind, but a 57 break from Murphy in the ninth frame made sure of the win.

The world number five said: "I had a chance to win it at 5-1, but had a bad kick in amongst the balls.

Stephen has made this his home and I've never beaten him, but hopefully that will change.

Shaun Murphy

"In the next frame I missed a shot with the rest, so fair play to Steve for taking his chances. But I scored well and felt at home amongst the balls."

Looking ahead to his clash with Hendry, Murphy, who has never beaten the Scot, added: "I'm really looking forward to it.

"There's going to be good support for me because there will be a lot of people coming down from Rotherham to watch the match.

"Stephen has made this his home and I've never beaten him, but hopefully that will change."

Hendry admitted his win over Stevens had been a nerve-wracking experience.

"From 5-0 to 5-5 I had precious little to play at as Matthew played so well," he said.

"He turned into a different player at 5-0. I couldn't get to the table, it's as simple as that."

The seven-time world champion won a scrappy opening frame before pinching the second after Stevens had made a 50 break.

Hendry then rattled off three more frames before Stevens staged his brave comeback, only sealing his passage in the 11th.

Hendry added: "I was just delighted to get a decent chance in the last frame."

Stevens, meanwhile, took plenty of positives despite his defeat.

The world number 14 said: "I played well for an hour and I felt if I got one good chance I'd have made a good break in the last frame.

"I'm obviously disappointed, but I can take some consolation with the way I played. It gives me hope for the rest of the season."

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