Marco Fu had a moment he will never forget as 5,000 snooker fans at the Hong Kong Coliseum gave the home player a standing ovation after a maximum break of 147 in the deciding frame during his victory over John Higgins.
Fu is without a major title since winning Scottish Open in 2016 but stunned four-time world champion Higgins - coming from behind after making a break of 72 and then 147 in the decider to run out 5-6 winner.
The Hong Kong Masters sees eight selected players competing in front of a bumper crowd of 5,000 people. Snooker crowds in the UK have never climbed above 2,500 and Fu will now be competing for a first prize of £100,000 in tomorrow's final.
The crowds in Hong Kong have impressed snooker players across the world and the noise which greeted Fu's win is unprecedented. Former world champion Judd Trump tweeted: "Wow that noise is incredible."
It is the fifth 147 of Fu’s career and said it was the 'icing on the cake' after beating Higgins and also knocking out Mark Selby in his opening match.
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"I still can't believe what just happened there," said Fu talking to the World Snooker Tour's social media after his win.
"The way I've been playing in the last two or three months, the calibre of field in this tournament and the atmosphere of the venue, it's impossible to do something like that.
"I still can't believe I just did something amazing. I'm happy that I'm playing pretty decent to be playing against the best players in the world beating Marcel and John Higgins, you can't get any better than that. Making a 147 is kind of like a bonus even if I didn't make a 147 today, beating John would be amazing, that was the icing on the cake."