Hong Kong’s Marco Fu reached the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield late Friday with a 13-9 win over Scottish qualifier Anthony McGill.
The 14th seed was the first player to reach the last eight, the third time he has reached that stage in his career and the first time in 10 years.
The 38-year-old Fu took a 9-7 lead into the evening session and won four of the next six frames, aided by a superb century break in the fourth frame of the night, to see off his younger opponent.
The 25-year-old McGill, who defeated last year’s runner-up Shaun Murphy in the first round, closed the margin to 9-8 but Fu responded with a break of 56 to regain a two-frame lead at 10-8.
Fu looked unsure as McGill sealed the next frame 62-15 to make it 10-9, but rallied with breaks of 100, 55 and 69 to take the next three and finish off the contest.
In other ties former two-time champion Mark Williams, pushed hard by qualifier Michael Holt, will take a 10-6 lead into the final session of his second round match on Saturday afternoon and Ali Carter will take a two-frame lead into the final session of his second round match against veteran Alan McManus on Saturday morning.
Qualifier Sam Baird finished with a break of 85 to peg back former world champion Mark Selby at 4-4 at the end of the opening session of their second round match.