Martin Gould shocks Mark Selby at World Grand Prix
Martin Gould produced one of the upsets of the first round at the World Grand Prix as he held on to beat world number one Mark Selby 4-3.
Gould, the 2016 German Masters winner, got off to the best possible start with a break of 72 and then a score of 96 to take the first two frames.
Selby responded with an 87 break but any thoughts of drawing level were put to bed when Gould produced a career-high break of 142.
Martin Gould in action at the 2016 German Masters (Pic: World Snooker)Eurosport
That sparked two half-centuries from the world champion as he made it 3-3 and, despite the momentum seemingly being with the man from Leicester, Gould held out and moves through.
He will face Joe Perry on Thursday.
"It's always a big win - he's the comeback king. I felt really good out there all match," Gould said afterwards.
"I'm slowly but surely learning to be a fast starter - sometimes I'm slow out of the blocks,"
Earlier world number seven Neil Robertson beat Ricky Walden 4-2 at the World Grand Prix to set up a second round match against Masters champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Robertson, the 2010 world champion, started the game in fine form, notching a century (108) in the first and then 78 in the second.
Walden battled back to win a tight third 68-65 and he took advantage of some mistakes from the Australian to level things up.
Neil Robertson was rarely troubled in Round OneImago
Robertson took the fifth and then the sixth as he regained composure and ensured his progression into the next round.
There he will face O'Sullivan, who beat Yan Bingtao in his first round match, with the game due to take place on Thursday afternoon.
In the other early match Ding Junhui beat compatriot Yu Delu 4-2 and he will return to the table tonight to play Shaun Murphy.
German Masters champion Anthony Hamilton, 'The Sheriff of Pottingham,'was brought back to earth somewhat as Mark Allen eased to a comfortable 4-0 win.
Allen, who recorded three half-centuries and finished with a massive 140, will now face Liang Wenbo.
World Grand Prix round one results
Ding Junhui 4 – 2 Yu Delu
Neil Robertson 4 – 2 Ricky Walden
Mark Allen 4-0 Anthony Hamilton
Martin Gould 4-3 Mark Selby