Masters 2015: Shaun Murphy wants to win title by 2025
|Dates: 11-18 January. Venue: Alexandra Palace.|
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Former World and UK champion Shaun Murphy has given himself until 2025 to win the Masters title.
"If I gave myself that time period, I would like to think I can come close to getting my name on the trophy," Murphy told BBC Sport.
He comes up against current world champion Mark Selby in the opening match of the tournament on Sunday.
The Masters is the one tournament missing from Murphy's portfolio as he looks to complete the sport's Triple Crown and join only nine other players who have achieved the feat.
The Sale potter, whose preparation has been hampered by a chest infection, feels any of the 16 players can win the title.
"If you look down the draw, any of the matches could be finals of events. That element makes it so special and exciting," he said.
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan plays Ricky Walden in the first round on Tuesday and has the chance of becoming the first player since the late Paul Hunter in 2001 and 2002 to win back-to-back Masters titles.
"People still go on about last year's match between us," said the five-time champion. "It was a bit of a freak result because you don't always perform like that.
"It is definitely one of our best tournaments to play in and one that I love to play in."
|Last five Masters champions|
|2014: Ronnie O'Sullivan|
|2013: Mark Selby|
|2012: Neil Robertson|
|2011: Ding Junhui|
|2010: Mark Selby|
UK Championship runner-up Judd Trump reached the last-four in 2012 and comes up against Scot Stephen Maguire in the first round on Monday.
"I have got to the semi-finals here before and it's important to do well," he said.
"It's similar to the Champion of Champions tournament - it's all the top players and I like the feel of the tournament.
"The prize money is good and seeing as it's all the best players in the world and there are only 16 in the draw, everyone thinks they can win it."