Alan McManus survived a fightback against Stephen Maguire to book his place in the last 16 with a 10-7 victory over his close friend.
Maguire started the match much better, taking the first session 3-1 with breaks of 77, 76 and 74.
McManus, known for his tough match-play found his form after the break and proceeded to take the next five frames to go in to an unlikely looking 6-3 lead going in to the second day.
McManus looked to carry-on as he finished as he extended his lead further to 7-3 taking the opener of the day. Breaks of 58 and 97 helped get Maguire back in to the match at 7-6 down after the dayâ€™s opening session.
Momentum swung back to Maguire as McManus began to look vulnerable as he failed to capitalise on multiple opportunities gifted to him by his opponent. Returning from the break McManus looked more composed, playing solid snooker, making breaks of 65 and 77 to move him within one frame of the match at 9-6.
Though Maguire claimed the next, McManus got the inevitable frame he needed in the next frame with a break of 63.
It's a good win for me. It was good to get over the line because at one stage I was losing it out there and I lost some confidence, but fortunately the interval came and I found something.
I've got a fair bit of experience here and in the end I needed that to come through. Stephen has had a bit of a strange time because he's been in the top 16 for so long, and being out of it briefly as he was, that's unfamiliar territory for him and maybe it's been on his mind.
He was struggling and only showing little glimpses of form so I thought this is a real good chance and I should be taking advantage.
It'll be nice to play Ali again, this time over three sessions too, and it's two qualifiers playing each other, if you want to call it that. Ali should definitely be a top 16 player without any doubt, but I'm looking forward to it.
Anthony McGill got the better of Shaun Murphy 10-8 to book his place in the last 16.
Murphy played attacking snooker and just got the better on the opening days play, finishing 5-4 up.
Murphy took the opener on day two with a break of 105. After a great start he began to struggle as he missed opening pots and struggled to score to give his opponent openings which he took confidently to take the next four frames for an 8-6 lead.
Murphy began to play better as the pressure mounted but so did McGill who matched him frame for frame making breaks of 117 and 97 to secure a big first round upset against the 2005 winner.
Overall, the qualifiers, people like me, are more capable now, the difference between the top players and the qualifiers is very marginal these days, and that's showed already.
I suppose I could win it. I've got a cue in my hand and I'm still in it. I didn't come here to win, I'm here just to try my best and see where that gets me.
I felt a bit lucky to be able to play at the Crucible last year, I was just happy and honoured to be here. It would be nice to better last year's result, but anything more will be a bonus after that result.
Mark Selby, last years winner is 4/1 to do it again this year!
Ronnie O'Sullivan, runner-up last year, is out!
Marco Fu, beaten semi-finalist last year, 25/1 to win!
Shaun Murphy, beaten semi-finalist last year, 25/1 to win!
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