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Watch: Drago wins nailbiter against Watson to reach World Seniors semi-finals

Tony Drago is through to the semi-finals of the World Seniors Championship after a nail-biting 3-1 win over Stuart Watson at the Crucible in Sheffield on Friday night.

The Maltese veteran player is bidding to go one better than last year’s tournament when he bowed out to eventual winner Jimmy White.

But the Maltese Tornado was off to a storming start as in the first frame he showed his undoubted potting skills that distinguished himself during his playing career when compiling a run of 91 to go 1-0 up.

In the second frame, the Maltese player kept control of the match to double his advantage and move just one away from victory.

The third frame saw both players having good opportunities to win it and a costly miss on the blue enabled Watson to clear the table and halve his deficit.

After a short break, Watson and Drago gave life to a nerve-racking fourth frame that lasted over 30 minutes of play.

Drago seemed to be on his way when he seized control with some excellent defensive shots.

However, the Maltese player missed a comfortable blue and seemed to open the way for Watson to force a decider.

But the English player missed an easy-looking black to pave the way for Drago to seal his win when potting the final ball and reach the semi-finals.

His opponent in Saturday’s semi-final is Igor Figueiredo who stunned defending champion White 3-0.

“This means a lot to me,” Drago said after the match.

“I will not say much but the people who are close to me in Malta know very well what I have been through during the past two and a half months and I’m happy to reach the semi-finals.

“My focus is to keep going and reach the final on Sunday, which coincides with the Mother’s Day, and I want to play for my mum who I love so much.”

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