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Last Updated: Monday, 28 April, 2003, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Doherty survives test
By Mark Orlovac
BBC Sport at the Crucible

Ken Doherty is bidding for his second world title
Doherty is bidding for his second world title

Ken Doherty booked his place in the last eight after claiming an epic 13-12 victory over a stubborn Graeme Dott.

Doherty had been 2-7 down but after pulling back to 7-9 on Sunday night, he won the first four frames of the final session to lead 11-9 at the interval.

The game descended into a war of attrition but Dott dug in and won three of the next four frames to set up a dramatic finale.

Doherty then hung on in a 42-minute decider to claim an unconvincing win.

I'm thrilled to win but hopefully I can play better - I will have to if I am going to win this tournament
Ken Doherty

Afterwards, the former world champion admitted that the gruelling win had taken its toll.

"I'm absolutely shattered - it was a marathon and not pretty to watch but there was a lot of tension," he said of the nine-hour contest.

"You are never beaten, in the last frame you just need half a chance and anything can happen.

"I'm thrilled to win but hopefully I can play better - I will have to if I am going to win this tournament."

Graeme Dott expressed his disappointment after the dramatic contest.

"When the score was 12-12, I thought I was the stronger player. If I got a chance in the final frame I would have won but I could not get in," he said.

"Going 6-2 up at the start can be deceiving as you are nowhere near the end and keeping a lead is hard.

"At a few points people thought I would be easily beaten so I think I've proved a lot of people wrong."

Second round result: K Doherty (Irl) 13-12 G Dott (Sco)
27-61, 25-59, 36-59, 72-60, 7-96 (58), 0-98 (67), 0-80 (80), 68-23, 8-59, 76-10, 92-0, 56-55, 84-0 (68), 69-32, 50-72, 18-80 (80), 68-66 (Doherty 50, Dott 52), 75-30 (62), 62-32, 69-41, 41-59, 64-1 (50), 8-66, 1-90 (59), 62-30.

Ken Doherty
"I'm so relieved to be through"

Graeme Dott
"The match made great viewing"

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