Stephen Lee was once a rising star. Now, Judd Trump is but he was beaten 10-8 from 6-2 up by Lee tonight to be denied a place at the Crucible.
And Lee was pleased. Very pleased.
Not just to win but to beat Trump.
“There’s a bit of local rivalry there and he fluked a few balls and didn’t put his hand up," Lee said.
“The boy’s good, there’s no doubt about it, but I’m glad I beat him.
“All I’ve heard about for the last five years in my area is how good he is, and he is good, you can’t take that away from the lad.
“But he’s blown a 6-3 lead today and I hope that will stick with him for a while yet. We’ve all had these war wounds to deal with."
Lee's clearance in the last frame was superb and he was, of course, buzzing with excitement to win.
But I think beating Trump is enough without having to rub it in.