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'Bored' Trump narrowly through but the Hawk flies on

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Judd Trump will play Ryan Day for a place in the quarter-finals © PA Photos
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A "bored" Judd Trump made hard work of his 10-8 first round victory against Tom Ford at the World Championship, but did enough to ensure a place in the last 16 at the Crucible.

Trump led 6-2 overnight following the first session on Tuesday, but breaks of 57 and 65 put Ford right back in the match at 6-5 down.

The seventh seed hit back with a composed 72 to make it 8-6, but further visits of 76 and 56 from his opponent levelled the tie for the first time since 2-2.

Facing of a nervy conclusion, Trump held firm to take two consecutive frames and confirm his place in the second round, where he will now play Ryan Day for a spot in the quarter-final.

"I got really bored and started to take everything on," Trump told worldsnooker.com. "I felt that if I carried on playing the way I was then he would have won, so I wanted to take everything on and let him have his chances, and if he missed I would clear up."

Last year's runner-up Barry Hawkins won eight successive frames to beat David Gilbert 10-4 and set up a last 16 clash with the man he beat in the 2013 semi-final, Ricky Walden.

Breaks of 72, 115, 69, 93, 50, 71 and 53 helped Hawkins to victory and the number four seed was pleased with his response of going behind.

Hawkins said: "I struggled early doors, the first four frames especially, and felt a bit all over the place at the start. I stuck with it and finished off strongly at the end of the first session and was over the moon to lead 5-4, especially the way I finished off. I was quite confident going into today's session.

"The longer you're out there, the more you settle. Obviously the experience last year helped me as I just tried to stay calm and managed to get my game together.

"I don't think you're human if you don't get any butterflies going out there because there's so much that comes with this tournament - the prestige and everyone wants to go out and do well in it."

World No.1 Neil Robertson started in style and will take a commanding 7-2 lead over Robbie Williams into the concluding session of their tie on Thursday.

Robertson opened up his lead with breaks of 52 and 77 before he knocked in his 94th century of the season with a superb 132 clearance. Further runs of 55 and 63 helped Robertson move 5-1 ahead.

The Australian could become the first player to make a century of century breaks in a single season, and his cause for that particular landmark was aided in the seventh frame when he racked up No.95 with a 103. Williams edged the final frame of the session but Robertson will be heavy favourite to prevail on Thursday.

Mark Allen revealed he had to overcome a bout of food poisoning to beat Michael Holt 10-4 and set up a potential last 16 clash with Robertson. Allen, who was beaten at the first round stage both in 2012 and 2013, led 5-4 overnight and returned on Wednesday to finish the job. "An hour and a half before the match yesterday, I was at the NHS walk-in centre trying to get some treatment," Allen said. "I spent all day Sunday just throwing up in my hotel room.

"It's the World Championships and you'd have to scrape me off the table no matter how I feel. At times, I actually couldn't see the balls - I was getting blurred vision and dizziness. I felt dreadful out there so it was just a matter of getting to ten."

Marco Fu is into the last 16 after a convincing 10-7 victory against Martin Gould in Sheffield. Fu led 6-2 overnight, but runs of 88, 80 and 116 helped fend off Gould's fightback. He will now face Shaun Murphy for a place in the last eight.

"I'm pretty happy with my game coming here and am happy with how the season has gone apart from one or two matches," Fu said. "Overall I'm very happy with the consistency I've produced throughout the season and hopefully I can continue it here this week.

"I either play really good or terrible here at the Crucible. Sometimes I play my best snooker here and have got to the semi-finals one year but other than that it has been average overall. I've lost so many first round matches that I've lost count."

Elsewhere, Dominic Dale leads Mark Davis 7-2 with their match set to continue on Thursday.

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