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Jack Lisowski suffered an emotional deciding frame defeat to John Higgins in the World Championship quarter-final on Wednesday night, but is taking solace from the praise he received from the four-time world champion.
Higgins edged out the Jackpot 13-12 in a superb game at the Crucible, making breaks of 105 and 72 in the final two frames to get over the line.
In Lisowski’s first ever Crucible quarter-final he very nearly beat one of the game’s all-time greats and he did it in a style he is not usually known for, grinding out tactical battles against one of the finest to ever embark on tactical battles.
Higgins was seriously impressed with the development of the Englishman and felt lucky to be giving the winner’s speech after the contest.
‘The way he was controlling it, winning all the tactical exchanges, he’s got Peter Ebdon in his corner, he looked stronger than me,’ Higgins told the BBC. ‘If he’d have got through I’d have shaken his hand. He’s obviously learning.’
He added in the post-match press conference: ‘He was winning the tight, tough games. He’s improved as a match player without a shadow of a doubt.’
Lisowski was obviously disappointed to lose the game, but the praise from Higgins brought a smile to his face even in defeat.
The 30-year-old has been working with Peter Ebdon on developing the tactical side of the game and he is glad that the work is paying off enough to impress the Wizard.
‘My tactics are so bad, I had no real idea what I was doing,’ he said. ‘I was just doing what I’ve trained to do recently. If John’s said that then cor, that’s great. It didn’t feel like it.
‘If John feels like I was getting on top of him in the tactical exchanges then that’s amazing. You never would have thought that, that I could do that. It’s not really my style is it?’
Quick to take the positives of a great visit to Sheffield, Lisowski is already looking ahead to next season after fine wins over Matthew Stevens and then a sensational victory over Neil Robertson in round two.
‘It’s been my best run and John’s probably got one of the best records ever here. To have pushed him all the way it shows I’m heading in the right direction,’ Jack told the BBC.
‘I’m just going to keep plugging away, this is definitely a positive end to the season and I’m already looking forward to next season already.
‘Extremely disappointed, but I can say I gave it my all. If I keep it up the wins will come, but I’m just sad I lost tonight.’
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