By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at The Crucible
Matthew Stevens fought back from a seemingly hopeless position to edge out Paul Hunter 13-12 at The Crucible.
Stevens edged a nailbiting decider
Stevens, who began the session 10-6 behind, took all four of the opening frames to level after an inspired run with breaks of 58, 53, 64 and 73.
Hunter went 12-10 up but let Stevens back in with a missed match-ball pink in the 23rd.
The ninth seed cleared up to narrow the gap, forced a decider and edged a nail-biting decider on the pink.
Stevens was delighted with victory over his close friend but admitted his heart was in his mouth during a thrilling final frame.
"I played four perfect frames at the start, but then Paul came back well and I had to dig deep," said Stevens.
"It was an unbelievable end. We were both going for shots and missing - it was like the Davis and Taylor final.
"I think Paul is one the top two players in the world - he was the man to beat at this tournament."
A disappointed Hunter reiterated his desire to become world champion.
"You've got to believe in yourself in this game and I do - before the end of my career I will definitely be lifting that silver trophy," said Hunter.
"I was trying my hardest but I suppose the pressure did get to me a bit.
"He was a bit lucky, but that's snooker and it's not the end of the world."
Second-round result (best of 25 frames):
M Stevens (Wal) 13-12 P Hunter (Eng)
109-21 (109), 58-67, 65-70 (65 Stevens),
47-83 (70), 89-0 (89), 62-45, 55-43, 2-85,
113-0 (113), 18-54, 26-105 (67), 57-43,
5-66, 0-125 (125), 1-85, 41-82, 73-37 (58),
91-0 (53), 80-42 (64), 77-0 (73), 0-81,
24-106 (99), 58-50, 61-31, 63-50