Ronnie O’Sullivan produced a spree of outstanding shots as he won all four frames before the interval of his final session with Anthony McGill in the World Championship second round.
The Rocket came into the showdown 10-6 behind, needing to win seven frames before his opponent won three, but wiped out the deficit with a sensational array of shot-making.
The pick of the bunch came after McGill had somehow left the cue ball hanging over the top left pocket – a sneeze away from dropping in – but it set the stage for arguably the shot of the tournament.
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“Don’t slam any doors,” teed up Phil Yates on Eurosport commentary as the white lurked dangerously.
In a pumped up Crucible, welcoming fans back to the sport after a long hiatus, O’Sullivan fizzed a difficult red into the right middle pocket and finished perfectly on the black to send the 50% capacity crowd into raptures.
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"What can you say? What a shot that was from O’Sullivan," beamed 1986 world champion Joe Johnson.
Yates went even further with his praise, declaring:
Now I’m glad the white didn’t go in because it gave us the opportunity to see one of the best shots you will ever witness.
Incredibly, O'Sullivan surrendered his comeback to crash out in dramatic circumstances having led 11-10 and 12-11, with McGill rediscovering his groove to secure a famous win over the defending champion.
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