McGill sets his sights on title after another major scalp
Published 18/04/2016 | 02:30
Anthony McGill set his sights on winning the World Championship after seeing off last year's runner-up Shaun Murphy to claim his third major Crucible scalp.
After posting stellar wins over Stephen Maguire and Mark Selby to reach the quarter-finals on his debut Sheffield mission 12 months ago, this time the 25-year-old Scot dumped out Murphy in the same way Ali Carter dispatched defending champion Stuart Bingham on Saturday night.
As Murphy headed for home, beaten 10-8 and joining Bingham on the first-round casualty list, McGill dared to dream.
"I possibly could win it," he said. "But it'd be nice to better last year's result."
Breathtaking scoring from McGill saw the 25-year-old plunder breaks of 64, 85, 81, 50, 117 and a closing 97 to roar back from 6-4 adrift and triumph.
Murphy, the 2005 world champion, had been his quarter-final conqueror last year.
McGill's reward is a second-round match against in-form Marco Fu, who defeated 2002 champion Peter Ebdon 10-2.
Ronnie O'Sullivan set out on his bid for a sixth title in the afternoon session and built a 6-3 lead over David Gilbert.
The title favourite made breaks of 72, 84 and 71 twice in establishing control of the match.
Gilbert played his part, and the highlight arguably came from him, a terrific 125 break in the seventh frame.
Meanwhile, six-times world champion Steve Davis has announced his retirement from snooker at the age of 58 following a 38-year playing career.
The Englishman failed to qualify for this year's championship.
"My father passed away recently and it was a natural time to stop playing," Davis said.
"I should have done it ages ago, I played a bit for my father. I am delighted to have such a great time in the game. I was lucky to have a hobby as my profession."