Steve Davis crashed out of the Malta Snooker Cup at the first hurdle after a shock defeat to wildcard Andrew Higginson.
The veteran, a six-time world champion, slipped to an agonising 5-4 reverse at the Hilton Conference Centre in Portomaso.
But there was happier news for fellow world champion Peter Ebdon, who, trailing 4-1 to wildcard David Roe, battled his way into the last 16 with a brave 5-4 victory.
'It was tough,' admitted Ebdon. 'Dave played very solidly. But at 4-2 down I felt a little surge of adrenaline.'