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Davis books his place in German Masters

Despite just one day of practice following his return from Australia, Steve Davis got straight back into the snooker groove with a 5-0 victory over Dylan Mitchell to qualify for the German Masters.

World Snooker said the 56-year-old legend spent several weeks in the jungle for the TV show ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here’ and arrived back in the UK on Wednesday morning. But he shrugged off jet-lag and lack of sharpness to whitewash amateur Mitchell with a top break of 72.

He goes through to the last 64 at the Tempodrom in Berlin for the world ranking event which runs from January 29 to February 2.

World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will not play in Berlin as he lost 5-4 to Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

Runs of 83 and 81 saw Un-Nooh pull away from 2-2 to 4-2. O’Sullivan recovered at 4-4 and had a chance in the decider, but broke down on 42 with two reds left, and his opponent cleared for victory.

Newly-crowned UK champion Neil Robertson scored a 5-2 win over Ian Burns, highlighted by a 111, his 59th century of the season.

Elsewhere, Khaled Abumdas made history as the first Libyan professional snooker player, but he lost his debut 5-0 to Jack Lisowksi.

Jimmy White edged out Vinnie Calabrese 5-4, clearing the colours in the deciding frame to win it on the black, and Shaun Murphy took just 80 minutes to beat Michael Leslie 5-0.

Defending champion Ali Carter scored a 5-3 win over Elliot Slessor with a top break of 86 while Ding Junhui saw off Kyren Wilson 5-2.

Also through to the final stages of the German Masters are John Higgins, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Stuart Bingham and Barry Hawkins.

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