Neil Robertson and Mark Allen will meet in the quarter-finals of the Betfair Masters after beginning their bids for glory with highly contrasting wins.
While Allen won four frames in a row to ease past Mark Davis 6-2 on Sunday evening, defending champion Neil Robertson earlier had to overturn a 5-3 deficit and edge out another former winner Ding Junhui by a 6-5 margin.
In the opening match of this year's tournament at London's Alexandra Palace, Australian Robertson looked set for an early exit. But he dug in, saving his best until the late stages with runs of 100, 62 and 90 getting him over the line.
Ding had breaks of 103 and 127, with 100 from Robertson in the ninth frame his highest.
Ding had one foot in the quarter-finals when he got to 50 on a break in frame 10, but his attempt to split a small pack off the blue went wrong and he was left with no clear shot, resorting to safety and then letting Robertson in for a brilliant 62.