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Fu shocked by amateur Travis

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Marco Fu failed to beat amateur Mitchell Travis despite leading four times © Getty Images

World No. 6 Marco Fu suffered a shock 6-5 defeat to Sheffield amateur Mitchell Travis at the UK Championship.

Under the revamped format at the Barbican Centre, the top 16 in the rankings have been put into the first-round draw of 128.

Travis pegged Fu back to level the match four times, ensuring a final frame. A fluked snooker proved a pivotal moment with Travis going on to clear the baulk colours for victory.

Travis told "I haven't got words for that yet, it's the biggest win of my life.

"Before the match I knew I had nothing to lose. I came here as a rank outsider and thought as long as I don't make myself look like a muppet, I'll enjoy it.

"I was 2-0 down and went to the toilet and just had a word with myself to just play my natural game and not to put pressure on myself, and luckily I came through.

"The venue was absolutely marvellous and it was a dream come true to play here, I'll never forget it."

Ricky Walden whitewashed China's Cao Xin Long 6-0, while Scotsmen John Higgins and Stephen Maguire secured 6-2 wins over Alex Borg and Sanderson Lam respectively. Mark Davis, a semi-finalist last year, hit breaks of 80, 81 and 75 to beat Finn Robin Hull by the same scoreline.

Matthew Stevens saw off Hartlepool rookie Ryan Clark 6-4, with Luca Brecel winning by the same margin against Mike Dunn. Brecel now faces Maguire in the second round.

Travis will face Norway's Kurt Maflin who beat Liam Highfield 6-4 with breaks of 80, 83 and 72.

Joe Perry beat James Cahill 6-3, while James Wattana, Robbie Williams, Rod Lawler, Tian Pengfei, Scott Donaldson and Daniel Wells all won on Friday.

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