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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Murphy aims to stay at the top

SHAUN MURPPHY believes he can spend a second decade at the top of snooker after his dazzling Betfred World Championship run.

Ten years on from landing the Crucible title as a 150/1 outsider, Murphy is playing with sky-high confidence and feels ready to carry off the trophy again.

The 32-year-old is aiming to make a habit of snaring the sport's biggest prizes.

This is his third visit to the final, with victory over Matthew Stevens in 2005 and defeat to John Higgins four years later his previous showings.

"I've had so many good experiences at the Crucible that they vastly outweigh the bad ones," Murphy said.

"With my self-belief renewed in the last couple of seasons I'm looking ahead to good times.

"With the shape my game is in I've got another good 10 years ahead of me in snooker and hopefully at this sort of end of the tournament. In 10 years I'm going to get a few cracks at things."

Bingham, 38, has plenty of support, after giant-killing wins over Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump carried him through to the showpiece match, with a £300,000 cheque waiting for the winner.

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