Masters snooker 2024: Luca Brecel exits in first round as world champion loses to Jack Lisowski | Snooker News

England's Jack Lisowski, in stunning form, defeated Luca Brecel in the first round at Alexandra Palace, with the world champion criticizing his “terrible” form and suggesting “If I keep playing like this, you'll see me at Q School” in 2025; Lisowski will now face Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals

23:56 UK Sunday 7 January 2024

World champion Luca Brecel was knocked out in the first round of the Masters by England's Jack Lisowski, who produced an outstanding performance in the opening match of the tournament at Alexandra Palace.

Belgium's Brecel has struggled for form since becoming world champion for the first time in May and despite being seeded second here, he was no match for his 16th opponent as Lisowski triumphed 6-2.

Thirty-two-year-old Lisowski raced to a 4-0 lead at the interval and produced a total of five fifty-plus breaks as well as a century.

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Jack Lisowski celebrates his victory as he booked a quarterfinal spot at Ally Pally

Brecel got off to a sloppy start, missing chances in the opening frame before succumbing to the 70s.

Lisowski followed with a straight 100 break to double his lead, the 300th century of his career, and trailed just four points behind when he converted the potted white to move into a 3-0 lead.

The walk continued in the next frame and Brecel put together 72 and 80 to half the deficit. It was so good for him that Lisowski regained control to take the next two and confirm the result of the declaration.

Interview with BBC after the match, Brecel did not apologize for his loss.

“Terrible,” he said. “If I keep playing like this, you'll see me at Q School [in] 2025.

“I can and I know I will [recapture his form] but right now it's just not enough. Jack is a great player, I'm very happy for Jack.”

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Lisowski is chasing the first major title of his career

Lisowski's impressive opening performance earned him a quarter-final spot on Thursday when he takes on Shaun Murphy.

Murphy, the 2015 Masters champion, comfortably cruised past China's Zhang Anda 6-2 in his first-round match on Sunday night.

Lisowski, who lost 6-0 to Mark Williams in the semifinals last year, is seeking his first major trophy after finishing second in six scoring events since 2018.

“It's one of those where you're very nervous, and for me it's the scariest tournament to play,” Lisowski said of the Masters, now in its 50th year.

“I started well and then it turns into a great place to play and then you can start enjoying it.

“The first four frames I felt great. I trained hard, but I felt really comfortable and it was good stuff.”

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