2017 World Snooker Championship (Day 10) - Fu wins thriller to get final QF spot

11:16:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Marco Fu beat the 2010 world champion, Neil Robertson 13-11 in a genuine thriller match that kept us all awake late in the night, to grab the last of the quarter-final spot.

The lads started and carried on in a pretty similar and balanced way throughout all their sessions, the first one being finished on a draw (4-4), as was the second one (8-8).

But when they returned for their last snooker encounter on Monday evening, things got a bit different as Robertson won a 40-minutes frame and added one more to go two in front, 10-8.

Still, by the mid-session interval, Fu was completing his comeback thanks to breaks of 78 and 115. This was game on!

15 minutes later, frame 25 was cashed in style, on the black ball by Robertson who was once more in the lead, unleashing a very Ebdon-esque roar of "C'mon!"

The Hong Kong cue-man held his composure and won two more frames with a top break of 69 to go one away from victory.

It was snowing in Sheffield, it was late in the night so this match couldn't have ended on anything else than the black. The last black, that Marco potted in order to secure his QFs spot.

In the post-match interview, Marco declared:

"Lots of mistakes, a lot of drama, kicks, fouls...everything happened in this match. It's very hard to understand why, but I am happy with the win."

Fu will now face the reigning champion, Mark Selby who bet Xiao Guodong 13-6, after ending the previous session on a 10-6 lead.

"The Jester" just needed breaks of 101, 73 and 60 to secure his victory.

Barry Hawkins has also grabbed a spot along with the stars, the 2013 World Championship runner-up beating Graeme Dott by the same 13-6 scoreline and will now meet another Scotsman, Stephen Maguire in the next round.

Tuesday's match schedule:

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Ding Junhui
Kyren Wilson v John Higgins

Mark Selby v Marco Fu
Barry Hawkins v Stephen Maguire

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Ding Junhui
Kyren Wilson v John Higgins

*all hours are UK time

Photos credit: World Snooker