1997 World Champion Ken Doherty hadn't won a match at the Crucible since reaching the quarterfinals in 2006, he more than made up for that poor record today after winning seven frames in a row to beat Stuart Bingham 10-5, writes Stephen Kent.
The 44-year-old Irishman found himself 3-0 and 5-3 down in the first session, as Bingham was winning more of the tight frames to keep control of the match.
When they resumed today with Doherty trailing 5-4, no one would of guessed how the rest of the match would pan out.
1997 World Champion Doherty won the last seven frames to beat Bingham 10-5.
Doherty won the first frame of the session on the colours to level the match. Top breaks of 55 and 60 in the next two helped 'Crafty Ken' to 7-5, then going further ahead with another close frame to lead 8-5.
The mid-session interval was unable to come to former Australian Open champion Bingham's rescue and Doherty wrapped up a fantastic victory with runs of 57 and 60 to see out a 10-5 win.
"I am thrilled, I was starting to get emotional towards the end of the match," said Doherty. "When I was 9-5 up, I started to feel the pressure a bit but I enjoyed every moment of it."
Doherty is relishing a potential Last 16 clash against fellow World Champion and rival John Higgins, "it certainly won't be easier if I get to play him. He's going to have a tricky match against Alan McManus."
"Me and John have had some brilliant matches over the years. It doesn't matter who I face, I'll just play the table and enjoy every minute of it."
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