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John Higgins ‘just wants to win one match’ at Shanghai Masters


John Higgins has not got great expectations in Shanghai (Picture: Getty Images)

Four-time world champion John Higgins heads to the Shanghai masters next month and insists he will be happy with winning just one match in the event.

The Scot is a former champion in Shanghai having lifted the trophy in 2012, but has not enjoyed a great record in the event since then.

A run to the semi-finals in 2017 is the only time Higgins has been past the second round since 2012 and he will be pleased just to get a win on the board.

‘I just want to win one match!’ Higgins told World Snooker. ‘I’ve not had a great record in Shanghai apart from that final with Judd Trump in 2012.

‘It is a tough event because you are playing against the best players in the world. I just find it an enjoyable tournament to be a part of.

‘The Shanghai Masters is one of the best tournaments we play in all year and it is a great city to go to.’

The final with Trump which Higgins references is an all-time classic, which saw the Wizard of Wishaw recover from 5-0 and 7-2 behind, hitting a 147 along the way, to win 10-9 in an absolute epic, that the winner obviously has fond memories of.

‘That was just a brilliant match,’ continued the 44-year-old. ‘Judd played really well at the beginning and was completely shutting me out. I was 5-0 behind and it looked as if he was just going to go on and win it.

‘However, I managed to make a maximum break which was a special moment. I still ended the first session 7-2 behind and you don’t really give yourself much of a chance from that position.

‘I was lucky that I began to play really well and he missed a couple of balls. We always seem to have good matches against each other and that was certainly one of them.’

Higgins has had a quiet start to the season so far, with a run to the last 16 of the International Championship his only appearance in the main stages of a tournament so far.

However, September is a busy month for him with the Six Red World Championship followed by Shanghai and then the China Championship, which he qualified for earlier this month.

The world unmber five will take on either Barry Hawkins of Yan Bingtao in the second round of the Shanghai Masters, which begins on 9 September.

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