Ronnie O’Sullivan produced an epic comeback within the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters, beating Kyren Wilson 6-5 having trailed by 4 frames at one stage.
The Rocket appeared set to endure his first lack of the season and to relinquish his Shanghai title after the Gladiator opened up a 5-1 lead and had various probabilities to kill off the sport.
Wilson shall be kicking himself that he couldn’t convert a wonderful alternative to beat the five-time world champion for under the second time of his profession.
The world quantity eight suffered a painful defeat to O’Sullivan within the remaining of the Champion of Champions final season, main 9-Eight in a race to 10 and falling quick – it will have executed nothing to shut that exact wound.
Wilson appeared in management early on, profitable the primary after which opening up a two-frame lead with an excellent break of 131 within the second.
The Rocket received his first body on the board, however the Gladiator made a break of 67 within the fourth two maintain a 3-1 lead on the mid-session interval.
Things weren’t going nicely for Ronnie in any respect as he appeared to be in complete management of the fifth body, however finally tossed it away as Wilson gained it on the black after a unfastened security shot.
The world quantity eight gained the subsequent to go one away from victory, however together with his again towards the wall, the Rocket appeared to gentle up, knocking in a break of 107 to maintain the sport alive at 5-2 behind.
The five-time world champion gained the subsequent two and appeared to be serenely on his means to forcing a decider when he knocked in a break of 69, earlier than he inexplicably missed a black off the spot.
Wilson had an incredible probability to win the match and O’Sullivan was visibly pissed off as he punched the desk, however the underdog couldn’t capitalise and Ronnie received again in to take the sport to 5-5.
The Rocket was the primary to get among the many balls within the decider, and though he couldn’t make a clear kill in a single go to, his break of 60 did a lot of the work, and after Wilson missed a black, Ronnie returned to recover from the road.
O’Sullivan now meets Neil Robertson within the semi-finals on Saturday after the Aussie has breezed via to the final 4 with a pair of very spectacular performances.
The Thunder from Down Under beat Ding Junhui 6-Three within the final 16, earlier than seeing off Barry Hawkins 6-2 within the quarter-finals.
Friday’s first semi-final will see Shaun Murphy tackle Mark Allen after Murphy downed Jack Lisowski 6-1 and the Pistol hammered Judd Trump by the identical scoreline.