Shaun Murphy could not hide his delight after dumping six-time champion Stephen Hendry out of the UK Masters at Wembley with a 6-4 triumph.
The 2005 world champion surrendered a presentable chance of wrapping up a 6-3 victory in the ninth frame and could have found himself facing a decider had he not potted a fortunate blue to seal a 6-4 triumph.
The 27-year-old said: "Any match against Stephen is a major event so I'm delighted to win. To win the biggest three events would be a boyhood dream come true. My record in this tournament isn't great -- I normally watch it from home so I'm not sure I want to break my routine!
"The majority of the crowd were supporting Stephen. The tide has turned since the 1990s when people wanted him to lose."
The final game of the day saw world number two Stephen Maguire grind out a 6-3 victory over Mark King, who knocked out Jimmy White, in a scrappy encounter.