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Matthew Stevens: 'Victory over Mark Williams was bittersweet'

Matthew Stevens admits that beating Mark Williams at The Crucible "is not nice" due to the close bond he holds with his fellow Welshman.

Matthew Stevens has admitted to having mixed feelings over beating close friend Mark Williams to reach the second round of the Snooker World Championship.

The 37-year-old cruised to a comfortable 10-2 win against his compatriot earlier today to set up a meeting with Ronnie O'Sullivan at The Crucible.

"It was most unexpected really - I don't think I've beaten him since 2003," he told BBC Sport. "But I didn't say that to him, I was just trying to keep it out of my head. I felt comfortable out there, to beat Mark even 10-9 would be difficult. So to win 10-2 is beyond my wildest dreams really.

"It's not nice, we have grown up with each other since we were young. We are like brothers. It is hard but we are both professionals and luckily for me it was my turn to win."

Stevens has previously finished as runner-up at the World Championship in 2000 and 2005.

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Matthew Stevens of Wales in action during his semi final match against Ronnie O'Sullivan of England during the Betfred.com World Championship at Crucible Theatre on May 5, 2012
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