MARK Selby once again demonstrated why he is one of the world’s best after he fought back from big trouble to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.
Last season’s UK and Masters champion looked set for a shock defeat when he trailed 4-2 to Gloucestershire’s Robert Milkins in their last 16 encounter.
But the Jester from Leicester, who did not play at his fluent best, showed his immense battling qualities on the baize to claim the final three frames.
In a tight deciding frame, the world number two sealed a brilliant comeback win clearing from green to black.
After the game Selby said: “From 4-2 I was just battling. He had a few chances to put me away but thankfully he didn’t take them and in the end I crossed the line.”
Selby will face Barry Hawkins in the last eight after the World Championship runner-up eased his way to the next round with a 5-2 victory over Ryan Day.
Elsewhere on an action packed day, Mark Davis secured his third straight victory over John Higgins to end the Scot’s defence of the title.
The recent Six Reds world champion, who beat Higgins in the UK and the World Championship last season, was in sparkling form in a 5-1 win – keeping his bid alive for his first major ranking title.
Davis will face Xiao Guodong who came back from 3-0 down to defeat Yorkshire cueman Peter Lines and reach his first quarter-final in a major competition.
Star of the day on Wednesday, Kyren Wilson, added to his wonderful win over Stuart Binmgham by knocking out Marco Fu with a 5-3 win. It is another giant-killing win which shows the potential he has in the game.
The Kettering talent, playing in his first major ranking event, will face Michael Holt next after he came through a thrilling battle against Martin Gould earning a 5-4 win.
The game of the day saw China’s Ding Junhui win a classic battle against Shaun Murphy in a quality match which went all the way.
Home favourite Ding edged a high quality contest which saw high breaks, intruiging safety batltes and true sportsmanship by both players.
In the deciding frame Ding held a 61 point advantage but Murphy refused to give up and kept plugging away. But in the end Ding held on to reach the last eight.
And Ding’s run in he competition does got any easier as he next faces world number one Neil Robertson who defeated Mark King 5-3 in a scrappy affair.
Shanghai Masters 2013 – Quarter-Final Draw:
Mark DAVIS vs Xiao GUODONG
Kyren WILSON vs Michael HOLT
Mark SELBY vs Barry HAWKINS
Ding JUNHUI vs Neil ROBERTSON