This time it was the little-known Joe Perry who sunk the black in the critical frame to eliminate Davis from what was an epic match.
Trailing 7-2 overnight Davis, the six-times champion, appeared to have pulled off a remarkable comeback when he led 52-0 in the deciding 19th frame. Even when he missed a blue into a middle pocket, there seemed little danger. But Perry had other ideas.
"I knew I probably wouldn't get another opportunity so I just told myself to go for everything," said Perry, after clearing the last four reds in a superb 55 clearance for a 10-9 success. "When I got to the final black my legs were shaking. Now, though, I might just treat myself to a beer."
For Davis, defeat means his 20-year unbroken run in the world's top 16 is now seriously under threat. Despite the disappointment, he remained philosophical. "There was nothing wrong with my form yesterday; sometimes the other guys just pot more balls then you."
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