Shaun Murphy suffered a surprise early exit at the German Masters, losing 5-4 to world number 82 Jamie O'Neill after a topsy-turvy match in Milton Keynes.

O'Neill, who has reached the last-16 of a ranking event for only the third time in his career, will face either Jordan Brown or Graeme Dott in the second round, but only after completing what was a nervy decider.

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Murphy, the world number seven, started well, taking the first frame with a break of 77, before O’Neill levelled the match with a knock of 75.

Both players continued to exchange frames with O’Neill in the driving seat after moving 4-3 ahead - and one from victory - with a solid 67.

But Murphy, who came into the tournament as one of the favourites, showed his class by forcing a decider, firing in a break two points short of a century to level the match at 4-4 in the best-of-nine contest.

The final frame was just as much of a see-saw as the rest of the encounter, with both players struggling for momentum, until O’Neill got himself into a 69-28 lead. Murphy fought on, requiring an improbable five snookers, but the result looked inevitable.

And despite appearing to momentarily struggle with cramp and giving Murphy a sniff to get back into the frame, O’Neill eventually closed out victory by 92 points to 41.

Ding avoids scare

Ding Junhui also needed to come through a decider to reach the last-16, coming from behind to beat Kacper Filipiak 5-4.

The 2014 winner made a shaky start, going 2-0 down before finding his feet to recover to lead 3-2.

But Filipiak, ranked 92nd in the world, was not done, breaking for 91 in the sixth frame to level the match, before moving to within a frame of victory.

Ding recovered, though, and preserved his place in the tournament by forcing a decider, which the world number nine took 55-38.

Dale stuns Maguire

Dominic Dale made a break of 70 in the decider to stun Stephen Maguire to win the thrilling contest 5-4.

Dale was trailing throughout but took the lead right at the end - when it really counted. Maguire's biggest slip-up came in the fourth frame as Dale took it despite requiring three snookers.

Dale will face Ding in the last-16.

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