Ronnie O’Sullivan cruises into Masters quarter-finals with win over Stuart Bingham

Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised into the quarter-finals of the Dafabet Masters with a 6-2 win over former world champion Stuart Bingham.

Although Bingham won the opening frame, O’Sullivan took the next five in succession with the aid of breaks of 59, 96, 134, 111 and 60 at Alexandra Palace.

Bingham stopped the rot with a run of 71 in the seventh frame and looked set to take the next as well, but missed frame ball into the yellow pocket and O’Sullivan cleared up with a break of 66 to force a re-spot.

Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised into the quarter-finals of the Dafabet Masters with a 6-2 win

Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised into the quarter-finals of the Dafabet Masters with a 6-2 win

Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised into the quarter-finals of the Dafabet Masters with a 6-2 win

O’Sullivan, who is seeking an eighth Masters title, eventually potted the black to secure the win and set up a last-eight meeting with Ryan Day.

China’s Ding Junhui faces debutant Jack Lisowski in the evening session. 

This was O’Sullivan’s first match since December 9 when he won a record seventh UK Championship title. 

He took a step closer to becoming the first player to score 1000 centuries after his two centuries against Bingham took him to 988.

Although Stuart Bingham won the opening frame, O'Sullivan took the next five in succession

Although Stuart Bingham won the opening frame, O'Sullivan took the next five in succession

Although Stuart Bingham won the opening frame, O’Sullivan took the next five in succession

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