Snooker: Higgins tips Trump to rule the game


Four-time world champion John Higgins believes Judd Trump could dominate the sport for years to come. Higgins and Trump are on course to meet in Sunday's final of the £500,000 Masters in north London. And Higgins, who survived a scare to beat Trump in last season's World Championship final, said the 22-year-old will be a box-office star.

"You've got two box-office players with Ronnie [O'Sullivan] and Judd, which is great for the game," said Higgins. "There's nothing stopping Judd right now, he looks carefree and when he gets in amongst the balls he's clearing them up. The standard is a bit higher now amongst the top 16 players. When [Stephen] Hendry and [Steve] Davis were dominating they only had three or four people to worry about."

It is O'Sullivan who Trump has to beat today in his bid to reach the semi-final, while Higgins will face Graeme Dott or Ali Carter in his quarter-final tonight. Mark Selby survived a spirited fightback to beat Stephen Lee 6-4 to progress to the quarter-finals yesterday. He now faces Shaun Murphy.