Former champions John Higgins and Shaun Murphy made it through to the second round of the UK Championship at the York Barbican.
World number four Higgins started with a century against Alex Borg, but the 47-year-old Maltese drew level at 3-3 before the Scot pulled away to win 6-3.
“I didn’t play great, but a win’s a win,” said 41-year-old Higgins.
World number six Shaun Murphy, the 2008 winner, fought back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Brazil’s Itaro Santos 6-3.
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But Northern Ireland Open champion Mark King lost 6-2 against fellow Englishman Sam Craigie after being docked a frame in bizarre circumstances.
The 42-year-old – whose win in Belfast was the first ranking success of his 25-year career – forgot his cue following the interval and, after collecting it, was docked a frame for returning late to the arena.
At 4-1 down King then scored a magnificent 141, the tournament’s highest break so far, but world number 94 Craigie took the next two to get over the line.
China’s Liang Wenbo, the runner-up in 2015, lost a scrappy first frame against Australian Kurt Dunham but then showed majestic form, scoring two centuries and three breaks of 50 plus on his way to a 6-1 victory.
Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has won the tournament five times, faces Thailand’s Boonyarit Keattikun on Wednesday evening.
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