LONDON (AFP) – Hong Kong s Marco Fu survived a nail-biting first round clash at the Masters as he fought back from three frames down to defeat Judd Trump 6-5 on Tuesday.
Fu trailed throughout a thrilling encounter but kept his nerve to draw level before sealing an epic escape with his third century break of the afternoon in the final frame at Alexandra Palace.
World number four Trump took the opener with a century before adding the next two after Fu failed to make the most of his opportunities.
Fu, a runner-up at the tournament in 2011, responded with breaks of 130 and 88, before his opponent edged 4-2 ahead.
The 39-year-old once again fought back to within a frame of his opponent and, after a century break apiece, levelled at 5-5 to force a decider.
He began with a fluke in the final frame and, although he briefly let Trump back in, Fu eventually secured a quarter-final meeting with Mark Allen with a break of 102.
That could be a bitter battle as the pair have history after Allen alleged in 2012 that Fu had cheated in the past.
Fu has always denied the allegations.
Speaking of his victory over Trump, world number eight Fu told BBC Two: “I think I ve kind of done it the hard way because I missed three balls and (gone) 3-0 down and I definitely could ve won the second and third frames.
“No matter how many tournaments you ve won before, this is a different place.
“Coming to the Crucible or coming to the Masters, they give you an extra buzz, sometimes it can work against you if you re not feeling that great and, at the beginning, I was feeling the nerves, definitely.”