Stuart Bingham survived a scare to book his Masters quarter-final spot with a 6-3 victory over Kyren Wilson on Wednesday.
The 2020 champion hit three centuries on the way to a commanding 5-0 lead over the 2018 runner-up at Alexandra Palace.
But the Warrior, who prevailed 6-5 on the final pink when they met at this stage of last year’s event, threatened an almighty turnaround when he cut the deficit to 5-3.
However, Bingham held his nerve to eventually seal the deal and book a last-eight date with Shaun Murphy.
Ballrun has endured a poor start to the season by his standards, but that was quickly forgotten about as he hit the ground running with breaks of 102 and 109 on the way to a 3-0 lead.
Bingham, who had won just three of his 11 previous last-16 encounters at the Masters, did not relent with further contributions of 85 and 127 putting him on the brink of a potential whitewash.
Wilson averted that and stopped the rot with runs of 90 and 81, before reducing the deficit to 5-3 after Bingham missed the yellow when in to seal victory.
Nevertheless, the world number 14 pulled himself together to eventually scrape over the line.
Earlier in the day, Judd Trump squeezed through to the quarter-finals after overturning a 5-3 deficit against a wasteful Ryan Day.
Marking his Masters return having last appeared in 2019 – the year Trump lifted the trophy – Day led three times before being pegged back by the Ace, who hit a top break of 105.
The Welshman won the next two frames to move one from victory, which he almost secured after missing an ambitious attempt at a re-spotted black that his opponent knocked in to reduce the deficit to 5-4.
Another opportunity went begging for Day in the following frame, with Trump subsequently clearing the colours to snatch it on the black and force the 100th decider in a best-of-11 contest at the Masters.
Fortune certainly did not favour the British Open champion, who was desperately unlucky to knock a red in when splitting the pack beautifully from the black. A relieved Trump stepped in with a run of 58 proving enough to see him through.
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