|Dates: 10-17 January Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes|
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UK champion Neil Robertson suffered a shock 6-5 defeat by debutant Yan Bingtao within the first spherical of the Masters in Milton Keynes.
Robertson took management with breaks of 81, 121 and 82 to guide 3-1, however China’s Yan hit again with 123 to stage at 3-3.
Robertson responded by going 5-Three in entrance, however Yan pressured a decider which he snatched for a formidable win.
Stephen Maguire defeated three-time champion Mark Selby 6-Three to arrange a quarter-final towards Yan on Friday.
World quantity eight Maguire made spectacular, frame-winning contributions in 5 of his six frames, with breaks of 66, 57, 99, 65 and 61 to progress.
Scotland’s Maguire, a four-time semi-finalist, stated: “The start was very important so it was nice to settle in by winning the first two frames. I don’t expect to run away and beat Mark and was expecting a comeback.
“I gave him a very good battle security sensible, attempting to not depart him in simply and that’s in all probability the very best my security can get.
“It is always nice to beat the former world number one and it is always a tough match against him, it is only one match and I won’t get carried away.”
Robertson takes ‘full duty’ for lack of preparation
World quantity two Robertson has been in excellent type this season, edging previous Judd Trump in dramatic trend to declare the UK Championship final month, in addition to being overwhelmed within the English Open and Champion of Champions finals.
But 20-year-old world quantity 11 Yan precipitated an upset in his first look on the event with additional breaks of 65 and 51 to ship Robertson out on a final-frame decider on the first hurdle for the second consecutive 12 months.
Robertson stated he “took full responsibility” for his lack of preparation over Christmas, telling BBC Two: “I was surprised to be 5-3 up. I was not playing particularly well.
“It is a like a season reset for everybody having a number of weeks off over Christmas and I used to be lacklustre in a sure areas; the tempo of the match actually drained down. Without the group, in case you let that occur, it could actually drag each gamers down. Neither of us had been pressing to create probabilities. It felt stale the previous couple of frames however tactically he was actually good.
“You cannot play week in week out – it is mentally impossible. I felt very refreshed, didn’t play at all over Christmas and understood the potential consequences of coming here having not played but you have to have a break sometime.
“Certain gamers have taken sure probabilities with their preparation and it’s robust for guys with households. To hold practising over Christmas would have meant not going to Norway with household and that isn’t actually an possibility.”
Analysis – ‘It is about how a lot you need it’
Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry on BBC Two
“Neil can be very disenchanted. He misplaced from 5-1 forward final 12 months and 5-Three forward this time. Does he not practise over the vacations? He stated he a with household however Yan Bingtao did a Mark Selby on him within the decider.
“The Masters is the second most important event of the season after the World Championship. It is about how much you want it.
“If Neil knew that match was going stale, he has to do one thing about it by taking over a shot and consciously make your self faster. If the match goes like that and there’s no crowd as properly, the ambiance can appear to get decrease and decrease.”
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