Kyren Wilson ended the reign of Judd Trump as World Snooker Champion with a 13-9 victory in the Quarter-Finals at The Crucible.
Wilson had established a commanding 10-6 lead going into the final session on Tuesday and kept the world number one at bay to close out a memorable victory.
The three-time ranking event winner sealed the deal with a century break to reach his second World Championship Semi-Final in the space of three years.
Defeat for Trump sees him become the latest victim of ‘The Crucible Curse’ which has seen no first-time champion successfully retain the title since the tournament moved to Sheffield in 1977.
“I wasn’t lying when I said I was looking forward to playing Judd here,” Wilson told BBC Sport.
“He’s reigning champion and world number one, if you can’t get up for a match like that in the Quarter-Finals then you’ll never get up for any.
“It’s nice to have that under your belt, beating the current World Champion.
“They’re obviously the best player in the world at the time so you want to see where your game is at when you play those players.
“We’ve seen that my game is not in bad shape, beating Judd there.
“What a year he has had, he’s made some records and set the benchmark for us to try and achieve what he has achieved.
“It’s up there with one of the better wins of my career for sure.”
Trump began the final session brightly with a break of 72 to close the gap, but Wilson replied with a terrific break of 94.
Trump turned on the style again with consecutive breaks of 100 and 62 to trail 11-9 at the interval, but Wilson dominated frame 21 before producing a magnificent break of 104 to seal his spot in the semis.
“I didn’t play amazing last season when I got through the first two games and I was more than happy with my form on the practice table,” admitted Trump.
“Even in that game I felt good, there was just a lot of things happening at the wrong times out there that really did change the game.
“There was a ball in the fifth frame, I should have gone 3-2 up, even the last frame, just bits of luck you need to win the tournament weren’t going my way.
“I’m not disappointed with how I played, I battled to the end and I felt good in all of the sessions.
“Kyren played some really good stuff, his long potting was amazing, he scored pretty heavy and got the run at the right times, which is a dangerous combination.
“I’m not going to be too hard on myself, I think if Kyren plays like that and gets a good run of the ball he’ll be very tough to stop.”
Earlier in the day, Mark Selby wrapped up a crushing 13-7 victory over Neil Robertson to remain in the running for a fourth world title.
Selby lead 11-5 overnight and looked set to clinch the win in double quick time when he made a 91 break to go within one.
Robertson, however, defied a break of 56 from Selby to snatch frame 18 before edging another to keep his hopes alive.
However, a break of 53 proved insufficient in frame 20 as Selby stepped in to punish and progress to the Last Four.