Marco Fu cruised into the semi-finals of the Dafabet Masters with a 6-2 win over Mark Allen and looks in good enough form to beat his next opponent – Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Fu is playing the best snooker of his career so far, having won the Scottish Open last month and continued his hot streak this week in London. The world number eight from Hong Kong has made four centuries and nine more breaks over 50 in his two matches at Alexandra Palace.

He now faces what could be an epic clash against crowd favourite O’Sullivan on Saturday afternoon, with the winner to go through to Sunday’s final. Fu’s best Masters run came in 2011 when he got to the final before losing to Ding Junhui.

Breaks of 74 and 83 put Fu 2-0 ahead tonight and he stole the third frame by clearing from the last red. Allen battled back to 3-2 with runs of 70 and 54, but he then scored just five points in the last three frames.

Fu’s 97 made it 4-2 then he made a 140 total clearance, the new front-runner for the £10,000 high break prize. And he sealed victory in frame eight with a run of 65.


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