Shaun Murphy is looking to reach his sixth UK Championship semi-final
2017 UK Championship
Date: 28 Nov-10 Dec Venue: York Barbican
Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 2 December.

Shaun Murphy says being only one of two remaining seeds in this year’s UK Championship is no surprise given the strength in depth on tour.

Murphy, 35, was a comfortable 6-1 winner over Ricky Walden in the fourth round to ensure he and Ronnie O’Sullivan are the only two seeds still involved.

The 2008 champion, who plays Mark King in the quarter-finals on Friday evening, said: “It doesn’t get any easier.

“Everything is so good. The younger and lower-ranked players are all great snooker players as well. The shocks don’t shock me.”

King, who beat number four seed John Higgins in the last 16, won the first ranking event of his career in 2016.

“He is a completely different animal since winning in Northern Ireland last year,” added world number six Murphy.

“Mark knows how to win. He has been working a lot with my coach Chris Henry on the mental side of the game and you can see the effect that has had in the past two years.

“He’s a real nice bloke and it will be a tough, tough game.”

But Murphy, who started in blistering style against Walden with two 50s and superb 114, is mindful he will have to up his level of performance in what will be his seventh quarter-final appearance in the UK Championship.

“You always want to play one-visit snooker and sometimes the game doesn’t go that way,” Murphy said.

“Ricky missed a couple he hasn’t in earlier matches this week and it’s up to me to take my chances. I just lost control of that little white ball every now and again which stopped a few bigger breaks being made, but in general I am quite pleased.

“I wish I had been a little bit sharper, but it gives me something to work on for the next game. This is an event I would dearly, dearly love to win again.”


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