The Welshman, runner-up to John Higgins 12 months ago, defeated the Ulsterman Joe Swail 9-4 yesterday to reach the quarter-finals of the event at the Bournemouth International Centre.
"I should already be at home," said Stevens, recalling his first-round victory over Joe Perry when he came from 7-2 down to deny Perry in one of the tournament's great escapes. "After coming through that match I have just treated everything else as a bonus."
Swail scored only 14 points in the last five frames of Sunday's opening session but stopped the rot yesterday, when he cut the deficit in half. But from 6-4, Stevens again displayed more of the form that took him to the Regal Masters title in September. He finished with breaks of 60, 71 and 49.Reuse content