Peter Ebdon's 6-2 victory over Marco Fu in the Pokerstars.com Masters today proved that experience in sport is invaluable.
This is Ebdon's 17th appearance in the Wembley tournament. He was poor at the start and could have been 4-0 or certainly 3-1 down at the interval.
By the end of frame three his pot success was in the 50s and his highest break was just 27.
But winning that frame with a colours clearance settled him down and, his iron will to win much in evidence, he started to find some form.
As he did, Fu's game collapsed. The man from Hong Kong got worse and worse as Ebdon grew stronger.
Ebdon is sometimes written off as a grinder but he plays some shots no other player would attempt - and often gets them.
He'll have to improve against Ronnie O'Sullivan or Neil Robertson but the main thing for him is that he's through to the quarter-finals with a tenacious performance that encapsulated his character.