Bond struggled for form last season and slipped to 29th in the world
Nigel Bond bowed out of the Shanghai Masters in the first round with an agonising 5-4 defeat against Marco Fu.
The Derbyshire cueman, 43, lost the opening frame of the first ranking event of the season, but breaks of 85 and 73 saw him go 2-1 up.
Fu fought back to edge 3-2 ahead but Bond once again levelled the scores with a fine 71 and the pair exchanged scrappy frames to force a decider.
And Fu held his nerve in a tense safety battle on the colours to win through.
Bond had secured his place in the main draw with a tight win over China's Yu Delu in the wildcard round.
Bond had looked to be crashing out but Yu missed a crucial blue that would have given him victory and Bond took advantage to edge through.
Bond, who turned professional in 1989, is currently ranked 29th in the world.