Defending champion Neil Robertson produced an incredible escape shotto see off Antrim’s Mark Allen in a high-class quarter-final at the Betfair Masters.
With the match into a deciding frame, Allen put Robertson in all sorts of trouble when he ran through off a red to tuck in snug behind the yellow which was just off its spot.
Robertson’s only real chance of an escape was to target a red hanging over a top pocket, and Allen could do nothing but watch as his opponent went off the cushion and down to the pocket, clipping in the red and landing on the black.
From there Australian Robertson made a classy 105 to win the match 6-5, before being congratulated by Allen.
“You’d get it maybe one in 10 times. I had to apologise to Mark,” Robertson said on BBC2. “It’s a hard way to go out of the tournament from his point of view.
“I gave myself a chance to pot it and I’m over the moon to get through.”