After a day of mismatches on the main table, PTC6 in Warsaw was brought to life last night by two exciting young guns and the oldest potter in town.
Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski, housemates and practice partners, survived scares in the last 64 before eventually taking their places in the last 16 tomorrow.
Trump was hit by an inspired Tian Pengfei comeback but finally potted a terrific pink in the decider which was worthy of winning any match.
Lisowski won his first match on TV as a professional by edging out Australian Open champion Stuart Bingham 4-3.
These two talents are a breath of fresh air for the sport. They play an attractive, attacking game but also have personality and are committed to interacting with their fans on social networking sites such as Twitter.
Snooker has been around a long time but Judd and Jack truly belong to the modern age and the game will look to them to pull in the next generation of fans.
When Steve Davis was about their age he was turning professional in 1978, a very different time for the game.
The idea of playing a professional tournament in Poland back then would have been laughable.
But at the age of 54, Davis has also booked his last 16 place, despite his trusty old cue going missing on the flight over.
Thankfully it has been returned to its legendary owner, who continues to defy the conventions of sport by pulling out good results long after his prime.
Davis said this week that he is working hard again. He has always loved a challenge and his latest is to remain on the circuit and halt the slide down the rankings.
He will stay in the top 48 when the new seedings are announced on Monday and although snooker players usually keep on falling when they begin a decline, if anyone is going to buck the trend it will be Davis, whose lifelong love affair with snooker shows no signs of abating.
He already has the MBE and OBE. How about a knighthood for this old warhorse of the green baize?