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Selby fights back for dramatic win

Mark Selby fought back from the brink of defeat to book his spot in round three of the Riga Masters with a 4-3 victory over Graeme Dott.

Selby, 36, looked set to be whitewashed by the veteran Scot before finding his form to record breaks of 71, 53, 63 and 55 and advance to the next round in Latvia.

Dott, the 2006 world champion, began well with a run of 64 to open up proceedings and must have felt it was his day after moving to within one frame of the next round.

However, the ‘Jester from Leicester’ had other ideas and proved why he is a three-time Crucible champion, with a clash against 29-year-old Grimsby man Stuart Carrington next on the agenda.

Elsewhere, Mark King is through after beating China’s Zhou Yuelong 4-1, with the Englishman playing steady, if unspectacular, snooker.

He will square off with Derbyshire’s Christopher Keogan, with the 26-year-old downing China’s Xiao Guodong 4-1 to seal his progression.

Ben Woollaston, who benefited from Neil Robertson’s no-show, could not take advantage and crashed out 4-0 to Chen Zifan of China.

Chinese ace Yan Bingtao edged out Scottish veteran Alan McManus 4-3 and will play compatriot Chen in the next round.

Another all-Chinese third-round clash sees Mei Xiwen take on Li Hang while England’s Matthew Selt goes up against Welshman Jak Jones.

Finally, Gary Wilson will play Luo Honghao after the Chinese ace secured a 4-1 triumph over three-time world champion Mark Williams.

The Welshman, 17.00 to win the UK Championship, was no match for the 19-year-old and will be on his way home tonight.

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