Mark Allen beat Judd Trump in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals on Thursday and has credited a tactic he has copied from the world champion.
Trump was enjoying a 13-match winning streak but it came to a dramatic end in China with the Pistol hammering the world number one 6-1 and booking a place in the semi-finals.
It continues an impressive start to the season for the Northern Irishman, who also reached the final four at the International Championship last month.
The world number seven is trying a new approach to his game this season, no longer relying on coaching, but instead bringing his best friend on tour with him to keep him relaxed and help with the long hours of practice and travel.
It is a tactic Trump employed with his brother Jack, starting last year, which the world champ has credited with his immense success over the last 12 months.
Ive brought my mate Kyle with me, hes been my best mate for a long time, Allen told World Snooker after beating Trump.
Ive brought him with me for the year to see how it goes, Im trying to get away from the coaching aspect of it.
Dont get me wrong, if I needed it Ive still got Terry Griffiths on the phone and hes been more than willing to listen to me talking rubbish down the phone over the years.
But Im just trying a different approach, a more relaxed approach. Me and Kyle have come here and were going to enjoy ourselves as well as knuckling down on the table.
Hes been coming with me to the club every day, lifting the balls out a bit like Jack does for Judd.
If you can copy the world champion youre not doing things too badly.
Trump had not lost for over five months before Allen dispatched him in Shanghai, and the former Masters champion is delighted to halt the world number one in his tracks.
Its very satisfying, Allen continued. To beat the world number one and world champion by any scoreline is a good win and means youre doing things right.
I made some mistakes today and Judd missed some balls that he wouldnt normally miss, but a 13-match winning run has to come to an end at some point.
To play at the high level hes been playing at for such a long time speaks volumes for where his games at and to beat him after that winning run is a proud moment for me.
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