Mark Selby came from behind to defeat Mark Davis 4-2 on day three of the D88.com European Masters in Lommel.
Selby came into this week straight off the back of his sensational 10-9 win over John Higgins in the final of the China Championship in Guangzhou. Having only arrived home on Monday, the Jester From Leicester undertook a six hour car journey with Barry Hawkins yesterday before his first round match.
Despite having to contend with the time difference and the travelling, Selby once again finds himself in a position to contend in the latter stages. He did start the slower of the pair today, as Davis established a 2-0 advantage. From there Selby burst into life, winning four frames on the bounce to secure victory.
The three-time Crucible king has occupied the world number one position since February 2015. However, he is projected to be overtaken by Mark Williams and Ronnie O’Sullivan before the end of the season.
“I’ve got a lot of money to defend this year,” said Selby. “It would be nice to finish the season world number one again, but at the moment it is more in Mark’s hands than it is in mine. I have a lot of work to do to try and keep that number one place.”
Judd Trump’s two-year reign as European Masters champion was brought to an end by Tian Pengfei after a 4-2 defeat.
Trump hadn’t lost a frame this week going into the clash. However, it was Tian who progressed to book his last 16 clash with Liang Wenbo.
Kyren Wilson defeated Allan Taylor 4-2, despite having to take a medical break due to heavy nosebleed.
The Warrior was leading 2-1 when he had to take the timeout. When he returned he polished off two of the next three frames, making breaks of 81 and 67 to ensure his progress.
Wilson said: “It just wouldn’t stop bleeding. I felt a bit shaky after it. Losing a lot of blood and then going on to play snooker makes you a bit nervous anyway. I’m just pleased to get through.”
Home favourite Luca Brecel overturned a 3-0 deficit to defeat Alan McManus 4-3 in a late night clash. The Belgian now faces Anthony Hamilton in tomorrow’s last 16.