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Stephen Maguire crashes out at Crucible

Stephen Maguire crashes out at Crucible
By Eurosport

19/04/2015 at 23:37Updated 20/04/2015 at 09:12

Graeme Dott joined Marco Fu and Mark Selby in the second round, but Stephen Maguire lost out to Anthony McGill.

Stephen Maguire fought back from 9-5 down to force a decider against Anthony McGill late on Sunday evening, but it was to no avail as the Crucible debutant recovered to post a brilliant century to take the final frame and a 10-9 win.

    McGill, who reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship earlier this season, seemed to have blown his chance of knocking out 16th seed as he lost four in a row to see the scores move to 9-9.

    But the 24-year-old showed extraordinary nerve on his first match at the famous Sheffield theatre as he produced a superb 122 in the last frame to earn a second round match with defending champion Mark Selby.

    It is the second time in a week that McGill has pulled off the feat, having hit a 127 in the decider of his final qualifying match last week to beat Mark King to a spot in the final field.

    “It’s not a bad habit to have, to be making centuries in the last frame,” said McGill.

    “When I was 9-5 up, Stephen relaxed and I got nervous. But in the end I made a good break.

    "It was relief and joy at the end. I was so determined to win on my debut. I was very confident before the match and thought I was going to win."

    Maguire was philosophical after losing to one of the game's best emerging talents.

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    "From 9-5 he stopped going for his shots and I felt I had a chance. But in the end he made a very good break."

    McGill believes he now has a great chance of upsetting the defending champion.

    “I was hoping Mark Selby would win last night because I wanted the chance to play him over a best-of-25. I can’t wait," McGill said.

    Graeme Dott made no such mistake as he beat Ricky Walden 10-8 at the Crucible to make the second round.

    Dott, who made four breaks of over 50 in the match, won four of the last five frames to clinch victory.

    "It was a good game," said Dott. "I played well and I’m delighted to win.

    "At the start of the match, if you’d have told me that I was going to win after I was 3-1 down, I wouldn’t have fancied it. I wasn’t playing well at all."

    Fellow Scot John Higgins beat Robert Milkins 10-5 to ease into the second round - sealing the win with a break of 106 in the 15th and final frame.

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