MUCH-FANCIED Neil Robertson came back from behind to take a useful two-frame lead in his second round encounter with David Gilbert.
Tamworth potter Gilbert, who knocked out Martin Gould in the opening round, stunned the 2010 world champion after taking a surprise 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval.
But the Australian showed his true quality winning the next four frames and hitting two century breaks to take a 5-3 lead ahead of tomorrow morning’s second session. Robertson needs to win eight more frames to reach the quarter-final stage of this year’s World Championship.
Stephen Maguire also enjoyed having a 5-3 lead at the end of the first session in his last 16 clash against Joe Perry.
The match got off to a blistering start with three consecutive century breaks and the Scot turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. At the restart Maguire increased his lead to 4-1 before Perry won the sixth to fall two behind.
Maguire restored his three-frame advantage at 5-2 but Perry won the final frame of the session to keep in touch with this year’s German Masters and China Open finalist.
Day six saw the conclusion of the two remaining first round matches. Two-times world champion Mark Williams booked a mouth-watering last 16 meeting with Ronnie O’Sullivan after seeing off China’s Liu Chuang 10-6.
And Ali Carter only needed three frames to seal his place in the second round beating Mark Davis 10-2. Carter will play last year’s runner-up Judd Trump in the next round.