Mark Selby knocked out of Masters by Hossein Vafaei on day of shocks

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  • Vafaei says ‘I can’t believe it’ after stunning world No 2 6-2
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Mark Selby, the three-times Masters champion, suffered an early exit as he lost 6-2 to the Iranian debutant Hossein Vafaei at Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.

Vafaei is not in the world top 16, who qualify automatically, but took Zhao Xintong’s place in the draw after the Chinese star became one of 10 players suspended from the tour amid an investigation into match-fixing.

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