Stevens piles pressure on Murphy
Stevens is a proven performer at The Crucible
Matthew Stevens surged into an 11-5 lead over former champion Shaun Murphy after dominating the second session of their quarter-final at The Crucible.
Stevens, who resumed level at 4-4, got out of the blocks much the quicker and soon moved two frames clear.
Murphy pulled one frame back, but it was all Stevens from then on as he tightened his grip on proceedings.
Breaks of 52, 57 and 81 helped the Welshman win the remaining five frames to move within sight of the semi-final.
Stevens needs just two more frames to move into the semi-final - where he would face Mark Selby or Ali Carter - and gain some measure of revenge for his loss to Murphy in the 2005 final.
Murphy had his fair share of chances, but his usually reliable long potting began to desert him as the pressure grew.