Shaun Murphy edged out former Scottish Open finalist Cao Yupeng 5-4 to qualify for the German Masters in Berlin while world champion Mark Selby opened his campaign with a 5-2 win over Ross Muir on Sunday.
Cao hit a break of 88 in the second frame before 2005 world champion Murphy ran in knocks of 56, 118 and 102 on his way to a 3-2 lead only for the world number 85 to produce a sparkling 128 to level at 3-3.
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Murphy moved 4-3 clear with a fine 75, but Cao forced the deciding frame and had two obvious chances before three-times German Masters semi-finalist Murphy managed to claim it by clearing from the final red to secure his spot in the last 32 at Berlin's Tempodrom in January.
Selby did not have to sweat over his progress to the last 64 as he split the first four frames with Scotsman Muir before winning the final three to secure a meeting with Ashley Carty in the last 64 on Monday. Carty overcame Sean Maddocks 5-2 in his opener.
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Jak Jones made breaks of 108 and 103 but lost 5-4 to Noppon Saengkham in the last 64 as the Thai player followed up his 5-2 win over John Higgins on Saturday with closing breaks of 105 and 65 seeing him book his flight to Germany in January.
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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+, the Eurosport app and eurosport.com.
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First round (round of 128)
- Mark Davis 5-4 Ding Junhui
- Sam Craigie 5-2 Gerard Greene
- Matthew Stevens 5-4 Martin Gould
- Ken Doherty 5-4 Chris Wakelin
- Jamie Jones 4-5 Barry Pinches
- Michael Holt 3-5 John J Astley
- Sean Maddocks 2-5 Ashley Carty
- Mark Selby 5-2 Ross Muir
Second round (round of 64)
- David Lilley 3-5 Kurt Maflin
- Cao Yupeng 4-5 Shaun Murphy
- Noppon Saengkham 5-4 Jak Jones
- Ryan Day 5-3 Jamie Clarke
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