Judd Trump has admitted he was not good enough in his World Championship quarter-final loss to Shaun Murphy.
The runaway world number one arrived at the Crucible as favourite to win the title for a second time, but his form was a level below what he has produced for the past couple of years.
He trailed 10-6 heading into the final session against Murphy and, although he staged a rally and drew level with three frames remaining, Trump was unable to find his best.
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“I just could not get going,” Trump told Eurosport. “I had kind of given up. I did not think anything was going to happen.”
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Trump had a huge chance to turn the tide when in the balls with the pair locked together at 11-11, but he missed a black off the spot and it proved pivotal.
“Even tonight I did not play well, it’s just Shaun really struggled,” Trump said. “At 11-11 if I'd got that black I was in control and I let him in easy.
“It is disappointing as I felt I was in control at 11-11. It was mine to lose. But he made two good breaks and I am disappointed I did not make it harder for him.”
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Trump had the majority of the support in the Crucible in his corner and said he was spurred on by the crowd.
“I was disappointed as I had a lot of support and it was amazing to feel the energy in the room, that was what kept me going because I was poor all day,” he said.
“I tried to dig in and find something, but I just couldn't get in a rhythm.”
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