Marco Fu booked his place in the semi-finals of the 2017 Players Championship after claiming a 5-2 victory over Mark Selby, while Ali Carter overcame Neil Robertson 5-3 to join him in the Last Four at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
The man from Hong Kong claimed just his fourth win over Selby in 14 attempts and first in nearly four years, as breaks of 85 and 68 aided his success during a hard-fought and tactical battle.
Following a scrappy start to the match, Selby pounced on a poor miss to the middle pocket by Fu – clearing to the pink with 86 to draw first blood – only for his opponent to respond in dominant fashion with runs of 47 and 54 to quickly level things up.
The World champion controlled a lengthy and scrappy third frame to eventually edge his nose back in front, but was pegged back once more as the Scottish Open made a neat break of 85 to square things up at the mid-session interval.
Frame five was one for the purists and lasted well over 40 minutes, with Selby trying to get the snooker he needed on the colours. Although, his efforts counted for nothing after going in-off when trying to lay one of the pink and Fu took the lead for the first time.
A quickfire break of 68 then put the man from Hong Kong on the brink of victory, which he secured after controlling the next to book a place in the semi-finals.
Earlier in the day, Carter also advanced to the Last Four after ending a run of six straight defeats against Robertson with a 5-3 success.
The Captain received a hammer blow in the opening frame as, despite making 63 to leave his opponent needing a snooker, his opponent got it before clearing to force a re-spotted black, which he eventually knocked in to strike first.
However, the World Open champion produced a brilliant response with a break of 94 to quickly level things up, before edging his nose in front after controlling a lengthy and scrappy third frame.
Back came Riga Masters winner Robertson, who whitewashed the in-form Barry Hawkins 5-0 in round one, as he took charge of the fourth frame with a run of 44 on the way to making it 2-2 at the interval.
It was turning into a real seesaw contest and the Australian moved back in front with runs of 47 and 53, but Carter controlled the sixth frame for 3-3.
The Captain then dominated the seventh with breaks of 49 and 84 to put him one away from victory, which he sealed after clearing from the last red to pink in the next.
Thursday March 9
Neil Robertson 3-5 Ali Carter
Mark Selby 2-5 Marco Fu