THE SECOND day of the Shanghai Masters saw a real ‘Holt’ out of the blue when Judd Trump crashed out of the competition in the opening round.
The Bristol star, who reached the final of this event last year, was dumped out by Michael Holt who outplayed the world number three in a solid 5-1 win.
After the first two frames of the match were shared, Holt took the match to Trump with some good snooker and hit breaks of 115, 97 and 60 to record a memorable win.
The Nottingham star will play either Ricky Walden or Martin Gould in a bid to reach the quarter-finals.
After the game Trump said Holt fully deserved his victory and that he was disappointed with his performance.
“Michael played well and deserved to win,” he said.
“I’m very disappointed because I had a good run here last year. It’s frustrating to come such a long way and lose in the first round.”
Elsewhere, Six Reds world champion Mark Davis continued his fine form to beat Ali Carter 5-2.
Davis raced into a 3-0 lead before Carter threatened a comeback by taking the next two frames. But Davis held his nerve to earn a second round clash against John Higgins – a player he beat in the World Championship and UK Championship last season.
Peter Lines was the comeback king of the day after he pulled off a brilliant win to knock out Welshman Matthew Stevens.
The world number 57 looked down and out when the former Masters champion won four frames on the bounce to take a 4-1 lead. But Lines dug in and kept the contest alive by taking the next three frames to force the match into a decider.
And with momentum on his side, Lines won a low-scoring final frame to book his place in the last 16 and will play either Stephen Maguire or Xiao Guodong in the next round.
World number one Neil Robertson booked his place in the last 16 stage with a 5-1 win over wildcard entrant Wang Yuchen who knocked out Joe Perry on the opening day.
Australian Open winner Marco Fu continued his impressive start to the season with a 5-0 win over Cao Yupeng. And Barry Hawkins eased into the next round with a 5-0 thrashing against David Grace who was playing his first match at a major ranking event.
The day also saw the initial wildcard round complete with another surprise scoreline as Andrew Higginson suffered a 5-4 defeat to Lin Shuai.
The world number 25 came back from 4-2 down to force a decider against the impressive wildcard. But Shuai did not let Higginson’s comeback faze him and had the better of a low scoring frame to earn a memorable tie against UK Championship and Masters winner Mark Selby on Wednesday.
Mark King avoided a wildcard upset earlier in the day with a 5-1 win over Zhu Yinghui.