Jack Lisowski regains his momentum and crushes Masters’ world champion Luca Brecel.

Jack Lisowski delivered an impressive performance to defeat world champion Luca Brecel and secure his spot in the quarter-finals of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

Lisowski, who has been a runner-up in six ranking events and is aiming for his first major trophy, displayed outstanding form as he sealed a 6-2 victory over the second seed.

The 32-year-old produced five fifty-plus breaks, including a century, to eliminate the Belgian Bullet. Brecel started poorly, missing opportunities in the opening frame, and eventually succumbed to a clearance of 70.

Lisowski followed with a break of 100 to double his lead, marking his 300th century of his career, and came close to another century as he took advantage of a potted white ball, establishing a commanding position at 3-0.

The dominance continued in the next frame before Brecel responded with breaks of 72 and 80 to reduce the deficit. However, Lisowski regained control, winning the next two frames and securing an impressive victory.

“I was very nervous entering the match. For me, it is the most intimidating tournament to play in,” said Lisowski, who is the 16th seed. “I started well, and as the match progressed, it became a great place to play. Then, I could start enjoying it. However, since he is the world champion, I couldn’t relax at any point. I tried to maintain my concentration and intensity to cross the finish line.”

Brecel was left frustrated after another disappointing early exit. “It was terrible. If I continue playing like this, you will see me in 2025 Q School,” said the Belgian.

Since his remarkable run at last year’s world championship, where he eliminated Ronnie O’Sullivan and defeated Mark Selby in the final, Brecel has failed to progress beyond the last 16 of any tournament this season. “I believe I can regain my form, but currently, it is simply not sufficient,” he added.

Lisowski will now face Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals. Murphy secured a 6-2 victory over Chinese debutant Zhang Anda on Sunday evening. The 2015 Masters champion took a 3-1 lead at the interval, with Zhang initially appearing to be in control. However, Murphy fought back twice, winning the final frame of the session after being 61-0 down with a break of 65.

In the subsequent frames, Murphy extended his lead with a break of 86, but Zhang, who recently won the International Championship in China and secured a place in the top 16, managed to win a frame. Nevertheless, Murphy continued his dominance, sealing the seventh frame with a break of 71 and ultimately wrapping up an impressive victory with a clearance of 89.

“I am really pleased because towards the end of 2023 my game was somewhat shaky, and I wasn’t achieving the desired results. However, I worked hard during the festive period,” said Murphy, the 2005 world champion. “This is uncharacteristic of me, as I usually take a break from playing. Seeing my efforts pay off when it mattered the most, regardless of what happens this week, is extremely rewarding.”

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