JUNE 30 2017 - FERNANDEZ AIMS TO GATE CRASH WORLD CHAMPION'S CLUB
Dave Fernandez may be the odd one out in the last four line-up for the WEPF World 8-Ball Championship men’s singles, but the unseeded London cue man is very much in contention to capture the blue riband event at the 25th anniversary Championships.
The 32-year-old betting shop worker has certainly shortened the odds on lifting the trophy as he’s progressed through the rounds.
But Fernandez is the only one of the semi-finalists not to have already won a world crown.
His rivals: Phil Harrison, Mick Hill and Tom Cousins have six between them.
However, the former Nations Cup winner and World Masters runner-up isn’t without hope or expectation.
“They’re three class acts but it’s not impossible,” says Fernandez. “I don’t think I have played Phil too much but I’ve had results against Mick and Tom.
“I’ve had the experience of playing before the TV cameras with the Masters and the team event so who knows.
“I’ve never really done well at the Worlds. I’ve never been seeded which doesn’t help and, until this year, I don’t think I’ve been past the second or third rounds.”
Fernandez certainly adds plenty of ability to next Tuesday’s eagerly anticipated televised, best of 19 frames matches.
Fernandez, who knocked out defending champion, Shaun Chipperfield in the last 16, enjoyed a comfortable passage from the quarter-finals defeating Welsh hope, Richard Gifford 9-2.
Standing between him and Wednesday’s final is fifth seed and 2009 champion, Phil Harrison. The Ely window cleaner followed up his previous round win over Karl Boyes by polishing off Mike King 9-5.
The bottom half of the draw features a titanic semi-final battle between three-time winner, Mick Hill, and 2013 and 2014 winner, Tom Cousins.
Hill, bidding to become the only player to win four world singles titles, defeated qualifier Eddie Barker 9-4.
Cousins, unbeaten on the UK Tour in 2017, cruised past durable Neil Davey 9-3.
|Trevor Baxter - Press Officer|