Ali Carter said he was delighted to be into the second round of the snooker World Championship in Sheffield after a 10-6 win over Jack Lisowski.
Twice a runner-up at the Crucible, Carter, who came through qualifying to be there this year, overcame the 11th seed Lisowski.
Carter had a 5-4 overnight lead in their first-round clash and took the first three frames of the day to leave himself on the verge of the second round. He moved to within one frame when Lisowski missed a relatively simple brown to hand Carter a 9-4 lead.
Carter then missed a crucial black in the following frame and the 11th seed briefly threatened a comeback when making a 124 clearance in frame 15.
However, Carter eased through with a 46 break in the next frame to ensure a place in the second round where he will play China’s Zhou Yuelong.
He said afterwards he should have won the match more comfortably, adding: “I felt like I should have won 10-4 really, I felt like I outplayed him and he’s so talented, he’s Ronnie O’Sullivan all over again.
“At 9-4 he’s let his arm go and before I know it he’s made a 120-odd and I thought just stick to what you were doing all match and I’m delighted to get through.”
The winner of their match will play either Mark Selby or Gary Wilson in the quarter-finals, Wilson leading that clash 5-3 after the first session.
Two past winners are up against each other in another second round clash, Neil Robertson having the better of the opening exchanges against Shaun Murphy leading 5-3, Murphy missing a tough final red when having the chance of a maximum 147 break.
Carter is 23.00 to win the world title for the first time this year with Neil Robertson 3.60 and Judd Trump is priced at 4.00.