Jack Lisowski suffered an emotional crucial frame loss to John Higgins in the quarter-finals of the World Championship on Wednesday night but takes solace in the praise he has received from the four-time world champion.
Higgins swept away the jackpot 13-12 in a great game in the Crucible, grabbing breaks of 105 and 72 in the last two frames to get over the line.
In Lisowski’s first-ever Crucible Quarterfinals, he almost beat one of the game’s all-time greats, and he did it in a style he’s not usually known for, waging tactical battles against one of the best tactical bouts ever started.
Higgins was very impressed with the Englishman’s development and felt lucky to be able to give the winning speech after the competition.
“The way he controlled it, won all the tactical arguments, he had Peter Ebdon in his corner, he looked stronger than me,” Higgins told the BBC. ‘If he had gotten through, I would have shaken his hand. He’s obviously learning.’
He added in the post-match press conference: “He won the tight, tough games. He’s definitely improved as a match player.’
Lisowski was clearly disappointed to have lost the game, but Higgins’ praise put a smile on his face even in the face of a loss.
The 30-year-old has worked with Peter Ebdon to develop the tactical side of the game and he’s happy the work is paying off enough to impress the wizard.
“My tactics are so bad I had no idea what I was doing,” he said. “I was only doing what I recently learned. If John said that, then that’s great. It didn’t feel like it.
“If John feels like I’m overtaking him in tactical exchanges, that’s amazing. You never thought I could do that. It’s not really my style, is it?’
Lisowski is quick to capitalize on the positive results of a great visit to Sheffield and is already looking to next season after fine victories over Matthew Stevens and a sensational win over Neil Robertson in round two.
“That was my best run and John probably has one of the best records of all time here. To have pushed him this far shows I’m going in the right direction,” Jack told the BBC.
“I’ll just keep going, it’s definitely a positive end to the season and I’m already looking forward to next season.
“Extremely disappointed but I can say I gave it my all. If I keep going like this the wins will come but I’m just sad that I lost tonight.
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