Stephen Maguire crashes out at Crucible
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.
"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.