Ding Junhui suffered a shock 6-3 defeat by Joe Perry within the hole match of this yr’s Masters in London.
The Chinese player arrived in shapely make having obtained the UK Championship in York final month, but despite a 135 rupture in body two, he modified into once never ahead.
Englishman Perry, the sphere quantity 16 who reached the final of this event in 2017, modified into once too fixed and breaks of 71, 93 and 83 secured victory.
In Sunday’s evening match, three-time winner Mark Selby faces Ali Carter.
Perry modified into once the detrimental outsider coming into the Masters, but he modified into once inspired by returning to Alexandra Palace for basically the most crucial time since that look within the final when he misplaced 10-7.
The first four frames possess been shared however the 45-yr-mature found his game after the interval with more fluent rupture-building.
He’ll now play both Shaun Murphy or world no 1 and defending champion Judd Trump within the quarter-finals.
“It sounds like a truly very long time since that final,” talked about Perry. “But I modified into once shapely so pleased to bag wait on within the cease 16. I’m 45 now and or no longer it’s getting more difficult. These younger gamers are so appropriate.
“So I shapely try to invent basically the most of it and revel in it and I truly did.”
Ding obtained the Masters in 2011 but his fortunes within the event possess dipped since then as he has obtained shapely three of his final 12 suits.