Marco Fu stages another comeback as he ties 4-4 with Neil Robertson at the Crucible

Hong Kong ace produces fightback as he makes it all square against former world champion at the end of the first session of their last-16 world championship match

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 April, 2017, 8:44pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 April, 2017, 11:07pm

Hong Kong cueman Marco Fu Ka-chun is beginning to make the world championship a grand stage for his comebacks.

He produced another fightback to come back from 4-1 down and tie 4-4 with former world champion Neil Robertson after the first session of his last-16 match at the Crucible on Sunday.

Fu produced one of the comebacks of the tournament against Belgian Luca Brecel, who Fu trailed 7-2 in the first round before producing an astonishing fightback to win 10-9.

The 39-year-old Hong Kong ace was in trouble early in the session against Robertson, the world title holder in 2010, as the Australian wasted little time, dominating the baize early on while taking a 4-1 lead in frames after compiling breaks of 105, 90 and 62.

But Fu was not disheartened and began finding his rhythm and his potting form returned as he compiled a 118 break before another 60 clearance in the eighth frame had him level with the Australian.

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu completes incredible Crucible fightback to squeeze into round two at the world championship

Robertson, the 35-year-old now based in England, had earlier crushed Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham 10-4 on Thursday, to earn a second-round showdown against Fu, who won last year’s Scottish Open and was a finalist at this year’s Players Championship, where he lost to Judd Trump in the final.

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Former champion world champion Graeme Dott of Scotland is trailing 2013 finalist Barry Hawkins 5-3. Dott, who won the world title in 2006 and was finalist in 2004 and 2010, started off well with breaks of 64 and 51 but Hawkins hit back with a 91 clearance to take a 5-3 lead at the break.

Mark Selby, the defending champion from Leicester, is leading 6-2 against China’s Ding Junhui, who is chasing his first world title. Scotland’s Stephen Maguire is also 6-2 in front against Britain’s Rory McLeod.