Masters 2015: Shaun Murphy wants to win title by 2025

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
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Masters 2015
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.

Murphy triumphed at the Crucible in 2005 and won the UK Championship in Telford in 2008.

"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.

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"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.

The UK champion faces a repeat of last year's quarter-final, when he won 6-0 in 58 minutes and set a snooker record of 556 unanswered points.

"People still go on about last year's match between us," said the five-time champion.external-link "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."

See the full draw for the 2015 Masters

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