The last 32 of the European Masters came to a conclusion on Tuesday as Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan continued their progress in Bucharest.
O’Sullivan looked more assured as he knocked in four breaks above 50 in overcoming David Gilbert 4-1.
The five-time world champion hasn’t yet found his stride this campaign after taking the majority of the opening quarter of the season off, but looked to be approaching somewhere near his capabilities in knocking in runs of 87, 77, 68 and 50.
World champion Selby had a trickier time of it against Welshman Dominic Dale, but eventually came through a tough tie 4-2.
The Englishman had a high break of 67 as he pulled away from 2-2 to set up a last 16 tie against Barry Hawkins.
The only major upset of the second day came in the form of Mark Davis’ 4-1 victory over Shaun Murphy.
Davis compiled an even 100, one of many tons so far at the Circul Globus, in overcoming the 2005 world champion.
Elsewhere, Judd Trump came from 3-2 behind to deny Ben Woollaston in a decider while Mark Allen had a conversely easy time of it against amateur Daniel Womersley.
The Northern Irishman raced away with a whitewash win, finishing the rout with an impressive 112 break in the final frame.
Meanwhile, Liang Wenbo and Alfie Burden earned 4-1 triumphs over Zak Surety and Yu Delu respectively, while Scott Donaldson went the distance before dispatching of Luca Brecel.
The last 16 will begin on Wednesday as the first professional ranking event in Romania continues.
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