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Then, just like in the World Championship final against Matthew Stevens in 2005 and the Wuxi Classic final against Ding Junhui in 2010, he produced an attacking masterclass to storm back.
Murphy won five straight frames and put together a gallery of unbelievable pots. It was genuinely a joy to watch as he bulldozed his way to victory and went on a snooker onslaught.
Carter didn't throw this match away, Murphy won it. His attacking prowess sensationally paid off. That's a sweet feeling for Shaun who admits he has tried to strip his game back to the raw attacking qualities that have brought him his success in years gone by.
He said: "I'm very proud of the comeback.
"Maths was never my strong point. I like it when things are simple. With four down and five to play it's pretty straightforward. You know where you stand with that; it's very simple.
"There was no room for mistakes - I didn't feel any different or try to play any differently. I tired to play the right shots and luckily for me they went in."
Murphy is now through to his second UK Championship final and goes into it on the back of one of his finest moments on the table.
For Ali, you can't help but feel gutted for him.
The manner of this defeat would be tough for anyone. He has had a fine year made even more remarkable when you consider his ongoing battle against Crohn's disease.
When asked about the battle and the struggle he has faced, he broke down in tears at the press conference.
It was a sad, sad sight but we know he is a fighter, so he will be back.
Shaun roars on and will go into the final with a feeling of invincibility.