Ronnie O’Sullivan attributed his World Snooker Championship win to his gladiator sprit after coming from 3-0 all the way down to beat David Gilbert 10-5.
The world primary is searching a record-equalling seventh title and can now face Mark Allen or Scott Donaldson within the second spherical.
O’Sullivan reeled off six frames in a row to take management after Gilbert had raced right into a 3-0 lead on the Crucible.
Gilbert received the primary two frames of the second session earlier than O’Sullivan eased over the road.
The six-time champion instructed the BBC: “I’m on the market taking part in, having fun with it and simply making an attempt to compete. It’s like Gladiator. Russell Crowe has a gap in his arm and is aware of he’s going to die, however you simply should discover a method. That’s what winners and gladiators do.
“I most likely wasn’t born to play snooker, however I used to be born to do one thing with a ball. I simply want it will have been one other sport the place my temperament would have been suited to it. I discover snooker difficult.
“To be one of the best at one thing it takes graft, effort and time. Typically you ask your self, ‘Why am I doing this?’
“I used to be by no means born a winner, however I needed to have it drummed into me. A bit like Serena Williams and Tiger Woods, I had that kind of father determine the place I used to be instructed, ‘You will be a hit’.
“I wasn’t that bothered, however I used to be toughened up mentally. I used to be mentored that method.”
Former Crucible champion Shaun Murphy went out after a 10-8 loss to Stephen Maguire, who received the ultimate three frames to see off the 2005 winner.
Murphy was supplied an opportunity to avoid wasting himself within the 18th body when Maguire missed an extended crimson when up by 56 with 75 remaining, however, after potting the black thrice, he missed the ultimate crimson with the remainder, and his possibilities disappeared.
Barry Hawkins suffered a 7-10 defeat to debutant Jackson Web page, who rapidly moved right into a 3-0 lead, hit a break of 128 to assist him transfer 9-7 clear in a decisive second and sealed the sport within the subsequent body.
Mark Williams led Michael White 7-1, Anthony McGill held a 6-3 lead over Liam Highfield and Zhao Xintong beat Jamie Clarke 10-2.