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Carter overcomes giant-killer Joyce

Ali Carter overcame giant-killer Mark Joyce 6-2 on Tuesday to become the first man to qualify for the UK Championship quarterfinals.

Joyce, the world number 50, had pulled off a huge upset in York on Sunday when he came from 5-2 down to beat title favourite Judd Trump.

Carter, a two-time World Championship finalist, was 4-0 ahead at the interval after breaks of 46, 58 and 73, and held off a brief rally from his opponent to take his place in the last eight.

"It was a dream start for me but we saw what happened with Mark and Judd in the first round," said Carter.

"I wasn't going to let that happen to me today. I didn't play great but I'm in the quarterfinals and maybe there's a bit left in there."

Carter will face either Stuart Bingham or Stephen Maguire for a place in the semifinals.

He was joined in the last eight by Welshman Matthew Stevens, who overcame Hong Kong's Marco Fu 6-4 in a sapping encounter.

"It wasn't the best match in the world. I'll have to play a lot better than that if I'm to go any further," said Stevens, the UK champion in 2003.

"It's hard to enjoy a match when you're making breaks of eight and playing safe all the time. But the last two frames from 4-4 were good.

"I'm in it so I can still win it."


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