German Masters 2012 (Day 3) - Rocket lands in quarter-finals

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O'Sullivan - in the mood for winning
Ronnie O'Sullivan continued his journey through the balls and beat Joe Perry 5-1 to book himself a place in tonight's quarter-finals, the Welshman Matthew Stevens stopped Neil Robertson from going further with the same result, while reigning champion Mark Williams remained in the race for defending his German crown after beating Stuart Bingham 5-2.

After performing an extraordinary comeback yesterday against Andrew Higginson from being lead 4-0 and winning the battle of cues by 5-4, "Rocket" O'Sullivan is still orbiting in the German Masters kicking out one opponent after another. 

Today it was Joe Perry's turn to have his share of "Rocket-Ronnie", the Essex-man ending the first session on a 3-1 scoreline by firing in breaks of 110, 74 and 69. 
"The Gentleman" of snooker, Joe Perry spent most of his time sitting in his chair, while O'Sullivan was practically rocking around the snooker table.

Stevens sends home Robertson
After the mini-break things got even worse for Perry, as O'Sullivan cashed another frame with a crazy 123 break and also the next one with runs of 57 and 35 to seal a 5-1 victory and get a well deserved spot in the quarter-finals.

At the near table, Matthew Stevens was applying the same 5-1 treatment, but on the fresh winner of Masters tournament, Neil Robertson. Recovering from a chest infection, Robbo seemed helpless in front of Stevens' breaks of 58, 89 and 59 that guaranteed him a place in the next round.

Still in the race for defending his beloved German crown, Mark Williams took revenge on Stuart Bingham to whom he lost the Australian Open final in the summer of 2011. 
Runs of 55, 92 and 52 were enough to enter into the mid-session interval leading his opponent 3-1, while another series of 66 and 68 froze the scoreline at 5-2 in his favour.

Williams wins another match to defend his title
The last match to see a winner, was the one that featured the names of Mark Selby and Graeme Dott. Although the Leicester player got to fly 3-1 up, after the break "Terrier" Dott responded with a 68 and a 51 to draw level at 3-3.

Unfortunately for the Scot, that was about all he could do, Selby winning the next couple of frames to end the match on a 5-3 result.

The day continues with:

Mark Williams v. Stephen Lee
Ronnie O’Sullivan v. Matthew Stevens
Mark Selby v. Shaun Murphy
Judd Trump v. Stephen Maguire
*all hours are UK time

TV coverage:
19:30 - 22:30 British EuroSport