Masters 2019: Former champions Mark Allen and John Higgins knocked out on first day

Defending champion Allen pots cue ball in demanding decider
2019 Dafabet Masters
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 13-20 January
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Reigning champion Label Allen and two-time winner John Higgins are out of the Masters on the opening day in London.

Northern Irishman Allen misplaced 6-5 to world quantity 14 Luca Brecel while Scot Higgins became as soon as defeated by Ryan Day by the identical ranking at Alexandra Palace.

Brecel will face either Ding Junhui or Jack Lisowski in the quarter-final while Day will play either Ronnie O’Sullivan or Stuart Bingham.

“Luca deserved it. I’ve obtained no complaints,” Allen, 32, told BBC Sport.

Allen trailed 3-1 on the mid-session interval however levelled with a 136 break.

Belgian Brecel, 23, hit lend a hand with a a hundred and forty in a high of the range match that also saw seven 1/2-century breaks.

World quantity six Allen knocked in a ninety nine to level at 5-5 however an error in the decider – he knocked a crimson into a center pocket however the cue ball cannoned off the inexperienced into the reverse pocket – allowed Brecel an different to select the match.

“It became as soon as so provocative to acquire over the line in the final frame, however I managed to play just a few safeties and [Allen] made a mistake,” Brecel, who moves into the quarter-finals, told BBC Sport.

“Final yr, I became as soon as repeatedly doing the exact issues however maybe no longer making an strive laborious sufficient.

“This yr, I said to my female friend and my fogeys that 2019 became as soon as going to be a recent mindset, dedicated, exact snooker and nothing else.

“It is working and I’ve beget been playing successfully the past few months.”

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Allen, from Antrim, won three titles final yr, including his maiden Triple Crown title when he beat Kyren Wilson in final yr’s Masters final.

He narrowly missed the chance to select a 2d Triple Crown trophy in December when he became as soon as defeated by O’Sullivan in the UK Championship final.

“I did not travel out many pots however my long sport exact wasn’t there and that’s the reason how he won,” Allen added. “I became as soon as hoping for a giant ****** in the final frame however it without a doubt did not fairly attain alongside.

“I felt fancy I had him in wretchedness in the final frame, however I acquire that became as soon as the tale of the match.

“I produce no longer if fact be told feel I did that powerful depraved diversified than just a few errors over distance. You obtain punished extremely at this level and Luca has proved there that he is a high-Sixteen player. He performed if fact be told actual stuff.”

Higgins, 43, who won the tournament in 1999 and 2006, won three of the opening four frames, including a break of sixty 5, to flee into a 3-1 lead.

Nonetheless Day, 38, fought his skill lend a hand into the match with three successive breaks of 52, 111 and eighty three.

The Welshman finished with a 128, the very top break of the match, to clinch the deciding frame.

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