|Dates: 10-17 January Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes|
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Seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan launched a surprising comeback from 5-Three all the way down to beat Ding Junhui 6-5 within the first spherical on the Masters.
China’s Ding, the 2011 champion, made a blistering begin with breaks of 83, 75 and 73 for a 3-Zero lead, however O’Sullivan responded with runs of 103 and 60.
The pair traded excellent centuries within the subsequent three frames as Ding went 5-Three up.
O’Sullivan hit again once more by punishing Ding’s missed possibilities, claiming victory with 73 in a final-frame decider.
John Higgins faces Mark Allen within the night session (19:00 GMT), with the winner of that match to face O’Sullivan within the quarter-finals on Friday.
O’Sullivan got here from behind time and time once more to assert a sixth world title in August and confirmed his mettle below stress as soon as extra to assert a fifth victory over Ding in as many conferences on the Masters.
With the occasion going down behind closed doorways on the Marshall Arena, spectators missed out on a stellar spectacle which featured 4 centuries and 6 additional breaks of 70 or extra.
O’Sullivan mentioned: “I just had to hang in there. He started off well and I tried to nick a couple of frames. I thought, ‘am I capable of putting three frames together against Ding?’ But had to put that to the back of my mind.
“You must attempt to put some stress in your opponent, it was a psychological battle on the market, it all the time is. If you may get that proper, you can be tough to beat.”
World quantity 9 Ding added: “I had good possibilities to win the match however didn’t make them. I typically made it sophisticated to win frames, I simply wanted to take easy pictures and take the factors. I typically confused myself.
“Ronnie played a bit better than the first half and I sometimes chose the wrong positional shots.”
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