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Hawkins edges Higgins on final black in decider, Robertson too strong for Ding

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Barry Hawkins of England in action during his first round match against Kyren Wilson of England

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ByMichael Hincks
11/09/2019 at 15:26 | Updated 11/09/2019 at 15:43

Barry Hawkins edged out John Higgins in a thrilling final-frame decider to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.

A tournament-high 142 helped Hawkins take a 3-1 lead, but Higgins hit back with two centuries of his own (107 and 138) to trail 4-3.

Hawkins then moved within a frame of victory, only for Higgins to win the next two and take it to an 11th and final frame.

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And it went right down to the wire, with Hawkins sinking all six colours after a safety exchange to win the decider 66-60 and book a last-eight meeting with Neil Robertson.

A strong start from Robertson helped the Australian overcome Ding Junhui to reach the last eight.

Robertson, the 2010 world champion, raced to a 4-0 lead with breaks of 72, 82, 101 and 69.

Ding fought back, but the two-time winner in Shanghai could not turn the match around, losing 6-3 as Robertson posted 71 in the ninth and final frame.

Robertson will face the winner of the final round-two match between John Higgins and Barry Hawkins.

Meanwhile, reigning world champion Judd Trump advanced to the last eight with a 6-4 victory over David Gilbert.

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Trump lost the first frame before reeling off four frames in a row, and though breaks of 111 and 86 helped Gilbert reduce the deficit, world No 1 Trump hit a century of his own to close out the match.

Mark Allen will face Trump in the quarters after the seventh seed edged past Liang Wenbo 6-5.

Wenbo opened with a 130 break before going 3-1 up, only for Allen to lead 4-3 and then lose the next two frames.

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Allen held his nerve though, as a break of 72 helped him level before he won the decider 88-38.

The last-eight matches will take place on Thursday, with defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan already through to play Kyren Wilson, while Shaun Murphy is up against Jack Lisowski.

Thursday’s quarter-final matches

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan [1] v Kyren Wilson [8]
  • Barry Hawkins [10] v Neil Robertson [4]
  • Shaun Murphy [14] v Jack Lisowski [11]
  • Mark Allen [7] v Judd Trump [2]
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