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Matthew Stevens clinches impressive win over friend Ryan Day

The former runner-up rattled off 11 frames on the trot to see off his fellow Welshman.

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THINGS ARE HOTTING up at the Crucible.

This morning, Matthew Stevens sealed an incredible 13-5 turnaround against fellow Welsh potter Ryan Day, to earn a semi-final spot.

Stevens — twice a runner-up at the Crucible — trailed 5-2 at one point yesterday but won 11 frames in a row to advance to the last four, where he’ll face Neil Robertson or Ronnie O’Sullivan tomorrow.

“Last night was very strange,” Stevens told the BBC afterwards. “Both of us struggled, and it was very tough for Ryan. I don’t know what was happening to be honest. It was tough to play against. Sometimes you’ve just got to dig in there and I managed to do that a bit better.”

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