Eurosport - Mon, 26 Apr 17:54:00 2010
Ali Carter held off a spirited revival by Joe Perry to book his place in the last eight of the World Championship with a nervy 13-11 win.
Carter, who lost the 2008 final to Ronnie O'Sullivan, resumed the final session 10-6 ahead, but could only look on as Perry gradually clawed his way back by winning five straight frames.
He won the first two of the day with breaks of 62 and 56 as Carter struggled to find any fluency in the next two.
After levelling the match at 10-10, Perry won the first frame after the mid-session interval with a break of 55. Suddenly the match was as close as their semi-final meeting at the Crucible two years ago, a match Carter edged 17-15.
Trailing 11-10, Carter could sense the danger. He responded emphatically as runs of 104 and 82 saw him move 12-11 clear.
"At 11-10 down, I was staring adversity in the face, but I managed to turn the tide and pull it out of the bag," said Carter.
"It's all about how badly you want it at the end of the day, and I really didn't want to be going home tonight."
Perry had the chance to force a deciding frame, but a tough red along the top cushion wriggled out allowing Carter the chance to secure his place in the quarter-finals.
An exquisite long pink was enough to conclude the match. It was little wonder Carter gave a pump of his fist after completing the victory.
He will face Ding Junhui or Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals.
Second session report
Ali Carter is only three frames away from a place in the World Championship quarter-finals after he seized control of his second-round match to lead Joe Perry 10-6.
Carter, who made a maximum break of 147 during his run to the 2008 final - which he lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan - made a vibrant start to the evening after the pair resumed locked at 4-4.
Carter, known as The Captain, won the first four frames of the night, including fine breaks of 61 and 100, to lead 8-4 as Perry struggled to cope with the pace of the table.
Carter was making fewer errors than Perry, who finally responded with his first of the night to make it 8-5.
The next two frames were shared, but Carter dominated the final frame to win the session 6-2.
He is a strong favourite to face Ding Junhui or Shaun Murphy in the last eight.
First session report
Ali Carter and Joe Perry are all square at 4-4 after an uninspiring opening session to their World Championship second-round match at the Crucible.
Carter started the match, a repeat of the 2008 semi-final won by Carter, with a fine 88 but Perry then went in front with breaks of 50 in successive frames.
Carter levelled by edging a tight fourth frame but Perry returned after the mid-session interval to record a 56 and move back ahead.
A 72 from Carter made it 3-3 and then the two players shared a scrappy two frames to end the session with Perry taking the former and Carter the latter.
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