Marco Phew! Fu completes stunning comeback in Sheffield

Mark Allen also booked his place in the Second Round

BY Daniel Kelly 11:20 Tuesday 18 April 2017, 11:20 18 Apr 2017

Picture by: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Hong Kong's Marco Fu has advanced to the Second Round of the World Snooker Championships, after a 10-9 win over Belgium's Luca Brecel at The Crucible.

Last year's semi-finalist trailed 7-1 and 9-8 in the match, before winning a final-frame decider, the first of the tournament.

Fu trailed 7-2 at the end of the opening session on Saturday, before the comeback truly began in Monday's evening session. The Scottish Open winner won two of the second session's first three frames to cut the gap to 8-4, before winning four-in-a-row to level the match at 8-8.

Brecel, competing at The Crucible for the first time since 2012, regained the lead in the 17th frame, but Fu won the final two frames to complete an improbable comeback.

"I didn't really expect to come back", Fu admitted after the match. "Your're thinking of heading home. You probably win one in ten from 7-1".

He now faces either Neil Robertson or debutant Noppon Saengkham in the second round. That match will begin on Sunday.

On Monday, there were also wins for Northern Ireland's Mark Allen and former World Champions Stuart Bingham and Shaun Murphy. Allen defeated Jimmy Robertson 10-8 to book a Second Round clash with either John Higgins or Martin Gould. 

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