England’s Barry Hawkins beat Ding Junhui 4-2 to become the first player to claim a place in the semi-finals of the Players Championship in Manchester.
The world number eight looked to be in control when he took a 3-0 lead over his 29-year-old Chinese opponent.
But after winning the fourth frame, Ding’s break of 127 moved him to within one of the 2016 Masters runner-up.
However Hawkins, 36, held his nerve and claimed his place in the last four with a break of 79.
Hawkins will face the winner of Ali Carter and Ricky Walden for a place in the final.