Martin Gould beat Stephen Maguire 5-4 on the final black to reach the semi-finals of the Wuxi Classic.
Londoner Gould is into the last four of a ranking event for the first time since he was runner-up to Shaun Murphy at the 2011 Players Championship. On Saturday in China he will face Joe Perry, a 5-2 winner over Robin Hull.
Breaks of 93 and 70 gave Gould a 2-0 lead over Maguire before the Scot hit back with a 145 – the highest break of the tournament – then 71 and 77 to lead 3-2. The next two were shared before Gould’s 62 made it 4-4.
Maguire looked set for the semis when he led 57-0 in the decider, but Gould made 29 then knocked in a brilliant pot on the penultimate red and cleared with 36 to snatch victory.
“I felt really good the whole way through,” said Gould. “I’m not used to being in the latter stages of ranking events so it’s going to be a whole new experience for me tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I can keep playing the same way. It’s a very good start to the season. I’ve worked hard for a few months to get my game back on track.”
Cambridgeshire’s Perry ended the run of Finland’s Robin Hull, who was aiming to reach the semi-finals of a ranking event for the last time.
Perry started superbly with runs of 137, 74 and 70 to take the first three frames. And further breaks of 67 in frame five and 60 in frame seven completed an impressive victory.
“I played very well, that’s how I like to play snooker,” said Perry, who now has the chance to reach his first ranking final since the 2001 European Open. “Robin is a tough opponent and I knew I had to score heavily, and that’s exactly what I did. I’m confident, calm and relaxed. The last 12 to 18 months have been very good for me.
“I like playing in China – I enjoy the travelling and different cultures. I’m not one of those who complains about it.”