MARK Selby once again proved why he is the best player in the world after producing the mother of all comebacks to book a place in the quarter-finals.
The UK Championship winner looked dead and buried when trailing 5-1 to Premier League champion Stuart Bingham in their first round encounter earlier tonight.
But the world number one produced a remarkable fightback winning the final five frames to sensationally book his place in the quarter-finals.
Selby came into this tournament the man in form after winning the UK championship last month and the Munich Open PTC event at the start of the year. And his good form showed from the outset when a break of 63 gave him the opening frame.
But that was to be the only joy Selby would have for a long while as an impressive Bingham showed the form which won him this season’s Premier League title back in November.
After winning a scrappy second frame, Bingham went on to win the next two frames with a top break of 78 to go 3-1 up at the mid-session interval.
The restart did not get any better for Selby as a break of 86 increased Bingham’s lead to 4-1 before he moved to within a frame of victory after winning a tense 40 plus minute frame after a long tactical battle on the final green.
With the match appearing to be as good as over, a break of 57 seemed to be just consolation for Selby but it was to be the start of something special.
But a comeback was on the cards when he added the next two frames to his name and reduced his deficit to 5-4.
The pressure was getting to Bingham and as he was missing Selby returned to his A game and a break of 68 saw him level the scores – something an hour before nobody could have seen coming.
And Selby completed a remarkable comeback winning the deciding frame . Breaks of 24 and 22 put Selby ahead in the decider before he missed a simple pink.
But Bingham failed to capitalise when he needed to and missed a red to a centre pocket which proved to be his last shot as Selby did the rest to seal a fantastic win.
Selby will meet Mark Williams in the last eight after the Welshman produced a brilliant comeback of his own this afternoon.
Williams fought back from 4-1 down to beat Matthew Stevens 6-4 which kept his hopes alive of winning a third Masters title.
The Masters 2013 – Quarter-Finals:
Neil ROBERTSON vs Mark ALLEN
Shaun MURPHY vs John HIGGINS
Mark SELBY vs Mark WILLIAMS
Graeme DOTT vs Judd TRUMP