World number 44 Mark Joyce scored a surprise 5-2 win over Mark Allen in Berlin to reach the last 16 of the 918.com German Masters.
Walsall’s Joyce will have the chance to reach the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the third time in his career when he faces either Mark King or Stuart Carrington tomorrow.
He took a 3-0 lead over world number 11 Allen with a top break of 119. Allen took the next two frames, making a 121 in the fifth, but Joyce then made a 56 to lead 4-2 and sealed victory in the seventh.
“The second frame was important, I nicked it on the colours. That settled me down,” said Joyce. “From 3-0 I played a couple of bad safety shots and Mark came back at me. I was pleased by the way I finished the game. I’ve had a good record against Mark going back to our junior days. I certainly knew I could beat him.
“I’ve had a new snooker room built at the club within the last three months and the conditions I’m practising on are fantastic, so I had high expectations when I came here. There have been a few times in my career where I have taken a big scalp and then fallen at the next hurdle, so hopefully this time I can kick on.”
Belgium’s 20-year-old Luca Brecel won the battle of the young guns against China’s 18-year-old Zhao Xintong by a 5-2 scoreline. Brecel, a semi-finalist at the Welsh Open last season, took the frist two frames with breaks of 52 and 92 before Xiao pulled one back with a 71. Brecel took the fourth on the black then went 4-1 ahead. Xiao won the sixth on the pink but his opponent finished in style with a quick-fire run of 88 to set up a meeting with Kurt Maflin.
Norway’s Maflin scored an impressive 5-1 win over Hong Kong’s Marco Fu with top breaks of 101 and 75. Defeat for Allen and Fu means that only five of the world’s top 16 remain in the tournament.