Masters: Mark Selby loses to Mark Williams in first round at Alexandra Palace

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bbc.comWorld number one Mark Selby suffered a first-round defeat by Mark Williams in the opening match of the Masters at London's Alexandra Palace.Welshman Williams, 42, won a tense deciding frame to clinch a 6-5 victory and reach the quarter-finals."I'm over the moon," Williams told Eurosport. "I'm playing a hell of a lot better than I've done for many years."
Northern Ireland's Mark Allen plays Belgium's Luca Brecel in the second first-round match at 19:00 GMT.
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Williams, who won the Masters in 1998 and 2003, opened with a a break of 135 and moved 2-0 up with an 89 before Selby began to dominate.The reigning world champion, who admitted the in-form Williams was one of the players he had hoped to avoid in the first round, won three frames in a row en route to a 5-3 lead.But Williams was not to be denied, winning three frames in succession to avenge his 6-5 loss to Selby at the same stage of this tournament in 2017. "I thought it was a good match, both of us played quite well," added Williams, who will play Barry Hawkins or Kyren Wilson in the last eight."If I can keep playing like that then someone's going to have to play well [to beat me]."Selby, 34, was also eliminated early in the UK Championship last month, losing to Scott Donaldson in the second round.The Masters runs until Sunday, 21 January and the winner will collect £200,000.
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