Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy will do battle in the quarter-finals of the Wuxi Classic after both scored wins in the last 16.
Murphy ended the run of 17-year-old rising star Zhao Xintong, winning 5-2 despite a top break of just 45. Defending champion Robertson made a 130 in a 5-1 defeat of Michael Holt.
Another of Friday’s quarter-finals will see Hong Kong’s Marco Fu take on Barry Hawkins. Fu was involved in a high quality tussle with Stuart Bingham and edged home 5-4. Bingham made breaks of 57, 54 and 59 while Fu made 53, 79, 105 and 128 before taking the decider 78-34.
“I played OK, I was scoring well but overall I wasn’t consistent enough,” said Fu. “There were some unexpected mistakes. I controlled my emotions and made two century breaks. There were also misses in the deciding frame – I gave him a free ball and it was very dangerous. I was lucky that he didn’t take that chance.
“It’s always going to be tough in quarter finals of ranking tournaments. I know Barry’s game and he’s a very consistent player, and he doesn’t make many mistakes. To win the next match I have to avoid these misses too.”
Hawkins impressed in a 5-2 win over Alan McManus, knocking in runs of 55, 66, 138, 89 and 91.