Ronnie O’Sullivan crashed out of the Cazoo UK Championship quarter-finals in York after being thrashed 6-0 by Ding Junhui.
World number one O’Sullivan was whitewashed in a Triple Crown event for the first time in his 30-year career and scored just four points in the final four frames.
The 46-year-old, who has won the UK title seven times, said: “It’s great to see Ding play well. He’s a class act.
A 6-0 𝐖𝐇𝐈𝐓𝐄𝐖𝐀𝐒𝐇!
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“Afterwards I just said to him ‘you played great, go and win it, get the job done.’ I think we’re all Ding fans.
“Some days you play and it goes great and some days it doesn’t. It was just one of those days, what can you do? Thirty years I’ve been at this game, I’ve taken a few knocks along the way.”
Ding punished O’Sullivan for several mistakes in the opening two close-fought frames and from 2-0 up, the Chinese world number 38 never looked back.
The 35-year-old compiled successive breaks of 88, 94, 87 and 131 in each of the next four frames to edge closer to the £250,000 winner’s prize and his fourth UK crown after winning the event in 2005, 2009 and 2019.
Ding will play Tom Ford in Saturday afternoon’s semi-final after the world number 32 beat Joe Perry 6-4 in his quarter-final.
"Everything went in" for @JackLisowski tonight.
He made four centuries in a row, and beat Shaun Murphy 6-1!
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Jack Lisowski, who reached this stage in the previous two years, produced one of the performances of his career to beat former world champion Shaun Murphy 6-1.
The 31-year-old made a record-equalling four consecutive centuries to progress to his first Triple Crown event semi-final, where he will face Northern Ireland Open champion Mark Allen, who came from 4-2 down to beat Sam Craigie 6-4.