Jack Lisowski credits Peter Ebdon for tense World Championship win

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Jack Lisowski mulls over a shot
Jack Lisowski will face Neil Robertson in the second round

By Ben Parsons

Jack Lisowski admits he ‘collapsed’ in the Crucible cauldron but leaned on the advice of mentor Peter Ebdon to scrape past Matthew Stevens at the World Championship.

The Bristol cueist defeated two-time finalist Stevens 10-8 in a nail-biting first round contest that appeared destined for the Sheffield showpiece’s first decider.

Lisowski ultimately held his nerve to overcome the Welshman after capitalising on a 6-3 overnight advantage.

Lisowski, 30, is yet to win a ranking event in his career and has sought the wisdom of 2002 world champion Ebdon to change his fortunes.

Some were surprised with the pair's link-up last year given that Lisowski’s explosive style contrasts with Ebdon’s reputation as a tough, methodical match player.

But Lisowski is already seeing the benefits of harnessing Ebdon’s mental expertise.

“He’s making a big difference," Lisowski said.

 "He helped me last night for sure. When it was 2-2, I spoke to him and something clicked so I owe that to him.

“Peter had everything that I’m lacking as a player. I’m just trying to have some of that rub off on me.

“It’s not there yet but it’s a slow process and I intend on working for him for many years.

“I texted someone saying ‘get me Ebdon’s number’ and he was really happy to have a chat.

“He’s been there and done it so I couldn’t ask for anyone better in the corner.”

Despite Ebdon’s advice, Lisowski admitted that he ‘fell over the line’ as the match against Stevens reached its climax.

“It was emotional at the end," he said.

"I was gone, I couldn’t see the shots and didn’t know what to do. I fell over the line and played with a bit of fear.

“It was tough and I collapsed a little bit at the end so that’s disappointing but I had some good stuff and found a way.”

Lisowski takes on tournament favourite Neil Robertson in the second round.

2010 champion Robertson has won four ranking titles this season and is aiming to end a poor Crucible run by claiming his second world title.

Lisowski added: “This is his worst venue so if there’s anywhere to play him it's here.

“He’s the best player in the world by quite far so I’ve got to step up my game but I’ve got it in me to beat him.”

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