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Tour Championship: Mark Allen secures 10-7 win over John Higgins in first round

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen has won three ranking titles this season
Northern Ireland's Mark Allen has won three ranking titles this season [Getty Images]

Mark Allen has progressed to the Tour Championship quarter-finals thanks to a 10-7 victory over John Higgins in Manchester.

The world number three from Antrim won the final three frames of the first session to make it 4-4.

It remained close at 6-6 before Allen gained the upper hand and he sealed the win with a century break.

Allen, who also had breaks of 123 and 102, will take on Ding Junhui in the last-eight stage.

Higgins won four straight frames in the opening session with breaks of 85, 75, 55 and 66 but the Scotsman failed find to his best form on Monday night as Allen eased to victory.