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Veteran Bond bows out in Shanghai

Nigel Bond
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.



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