By Dan Warren
BBC Sport at The Crucible
Graeme Dott reached the Crucible semi- finals for the first time as he sealed a comfortable 13-7 win over David Gray.
Dott beat world number four John Higgins in the previous round
The hard work was done in the opening two sessions, when the Scot built up a commanding 11-5 lead.
But he was far from convincing when play resumed, losing the opening frame when Gray made a 92 break, then edging a tense 40-minute frame to go 12-6 up.
Dott fluffed a red to give Gray the chance to win the next frame, but the number 13 seed won through in the next.
Dott said that in the semi-final, the pressure would be on his opponent, Matthew Stevens.
"You watch the Crucible when it gets to one table as a kid, and wonder what it would be like to play there," he said.
"Pride means I want to put in a good performance, but Matthew is a massive favourite for the semi-final although I have belief that I can beat him.
"I thought my quarter-final was a rubbish game, but I made it through."
D Gray (Eng) 7-13 G Dott (Sco)
17-66 40-74 (67) 42-68 64-1 (60) 32-61 34-64 27-65 (55) 66-25 49-53 69-42 14-83 (65) 41-70 75-46 (52) 54-66 1-80 (80) 67-31 93-11(92) 49-63 84-59 (56 Gray, 55 Dott) 33-65 (62)