Mark Selby produces stunning comeback and Stephen Hendry beats fellow great Steve Davis at UK Championship

Mark Selby staged a brilliant fightback to win his first ranking event match this season and reach round two of the Pukka Pies UK Championship.

The 26-year-old Leicester potter was 8-4 down and staring at a dismal defeat to fellow Englishman Jamie Cope, but he reeled off four successive frames to set up a clash with Stephen Hendry or Steve Davis.

Selby went tantalisingly close to knocking John Higgins out of the World Championship in April, blowing a 12-11 lead to lose 13-12 to the eventual tournament winner.

Mark Selby

Mark Selby: Superb comeback

This time he was the man behind the comeback, recovering well after dropping the first four frames of the day, having resumed at 4-4.

Selby roared back with breaks of 67, 101, 57, 115 and a closing 73 to stun Cope.

Selby had approached the match with no form to boast of, having lost in the first round of the Shanghai Masters to Stuart Bingham and in his opener at the Grand Prix in Glasgow to Ken Doherty.

However, the way he fought back to defeat Cope, upping his aggression and pace, suggested he could be set for a decent run at the Telford International Centre in the coming week.

Cope had started the session with a 100 break but his confidence ebbed away as Selby began his recovery, and a missed red in the deciding frame allowed Selby in for his match-clinching break.

Elswhere Stephen Hendry beat fellow snooker legend Steve Davis 9-6 to book his place in the next round.

The match was always a tight affair, ending 4-4 after the first session, and locked at 6-6 after the pair shared the opening four frames of the evening.

But Hendry took control when it mattered most, reeling off three successive frames to clinch victory, with a clinching break of 112.

Also through to the last 16 is Peter Ebdon, who reeled off five frames in a row to sink Judd Trump 9-4, in another all-English battle, making breaks of 80 and 84 along the way.

Stephen Hendry

Winner: Stephen Hendry beat old foe Steve Davis in Telford

Welshman Ryan Day went out of the tournament after a heavy 9-3 defeat to China's Liang Wenbo, but he almost had the consolation of a maximum 147 break.

Day cleared all the reds and blacks and an easy yellow in the 11th frame, when 8-2 behind, but was left with a tricky green along the cushion.

He made a precision pot, however, his positioning on the brown was then awkward, despite the colour being on its spot.

Day faced a tricky cut and saw the brown wriggle out of the jaws, meaning he had broken down on 125, and a run of 73 in the next frame from Liang wrapped up an impressive victory for this season's Shanghai Masters runner-up.

Australian Neil Robertson converted a 5-3 overnight lead into a 9-3 victory against England's Tom Ford.

Grand Prix champion Robertson was clinical on Sunday and made breaks of 48, 64, 53 and 87 before finishing with a break of 119, and he will next face John Higgins.

Robertson said: 'The Grand Prix was a little while ago so it's not as if I'm still buzzing from that. I had a week off after that and have been practising hard but I feel refreshed.'

World champion Higgins beat Ricky Walden 9-7, making eight breaks above 50 in the match, including a 116 and an 84 in the final frame.

Elsewhere Stephen Lee claimed the scalp of Northern Ireland's Mark Allen, winning 9-8 against a player who at one stage made three centuries in four frames.

Allen's purple patch came from the 11th to 14th frames, when he made 112, 100 and 121 breaks, however the 23-year-old from Antrim could not find the consistency in the rest of the match to fend off Trowbridge cueman Lee.

Lee made the biggest break of the match, and the tournament so far, when he produced a 141 total clearance in the eighth frame, and edged over the finish line in a match spanning over five hours.

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