Reigning world champion Mark Selby offered no excuses after being beaten 6-3 by Scott Donaldson in the second round of the UK Championship in York.
Donaldson, who had lost ten matches in a row before arriving in York, put on a superb display to secure a 6-3 victory over Selby, who was the defending champion, having won the first of his two UK titles back in 2012.
If I had kept missing and not taken my chances then it would have hurt a lot more.Mark Selby
But Selby was not too downbeat about his performance, instead he praised the play of Donaldson.
He told World Snooker: "Everyone seems to be playing at that standard against me at the moment. I rate Scott as a player, he's got a good all-round game, he scores well as you've just seen.
"It didn't surprise me him playing like that, because I've played him before four or five times and he's performed like that every time. He closed the match out really well.
"If I had kept missing and not taken my chances then it would have hurt a lot more. I've got no excuses."
Meanwhile, 2011 UK champion Judd Trump was far from satisfied with his performance, despite seeing off Matthew Bolton in a 6-0 whitewash.
The talented left-hander said after securing a comfortable victory: "My game isn't where it should be and I'd be surprised if I do well in this tournament."
Trump is currently priced at 1212/1 to win the UK Championship, with Neil Robertson available at 1212/1 and John Higgins 1212/1.
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