Hossein Vafaei was sent crashing back to earth a day after his 5-0 whitewash of six-times world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan as he suffered a 5-3 defeat to Andrew Higginson in the last 64 of the German Masters in Cannock.
On the final day of qualifying for the tournament, Iran's number one could not replicate the level of form that saw him destroy O'Sullivan in under an hour with breaks of 52, 50, 81, 64 and 141 on Monday evening.
German Masters
Zhao secures statement win to knock Trump out of German Masters
Vafaei made a quickfire start with a break of 57 seeing him move 1-0 ahead of Higginson, but the 2007 Welsh Open finalist rolled in knocks of 52 and 81 to move 2-1 ahead of O'Sullivan's conqueror.
The world number 60 restored parity at 2-2 before Higginson – ranked a place lower at 61 – restored his advantage with a 76 contribution to move 3-2 ahead.
Vafaei dominated the sixth frame to level at 3-3, but his opponent claimed the final two frames with the tension palpable to book a trip to Berlin in January.
The last 32 qualify for the final stages of the German Masters, with the Tempodrom in Berlin staging the tournament between 26-30 January 2022, which you can stream live and on demand on discovery+.
Masters champion Yan Bingtao watched compatriot Lei Peifan compile breaks of 63 and 94 to move 2-0 clear in his second-round match before reeling off the next five frames with knocks of 75, 66, 59, 81 and 61 enough to ensure his progress to the German capital.
Former world semi-finalist David Gilbert claimed the final four frames against Zhao Jianbo from 2-1 behind with runs of 74, 63 and 97 seeing him through to the final stages.
In Tuesday's remaining qualifier, former UK finalist Liang Wenbo ran out a 5-2 winner against Ben Hancorn.

Watch the moment Yan clinches dramatic Masters triumph


Second round (round of 64)
  • Liang Wenbo 5-2 Ben Hancorn
  • Yan Bingtao 5-2 Lei Peifan
  • David Gilbert 5-2 Zhao Jianbo
  • Andrew Higginson 5-3 Hossein Vafaei
German Masters
Bingtao stuns Selby with three-frame burst to book place in quarter-finals
German Masters
German Masters 2022 LIVE: Zhao topples champion Trump after Yan stuns Selby