Joe Perry (@1.8) vs Graeme Dott (@2.0)
25-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Joe Perry will win

Joe Perry – Graeme Dott Match Prediction | 25-10-2019 11:00

The 2016/2017 season proved to be the first since 2002/2003 that Dott failed to reach the quarter-finals of a ranking event.

Early successes included reaching the quarter-final of the 1996 Welsh Open and qualifying for the World Championship for the first time in 1997. He slowly climbed the rankings, reaching the top sixteen in 2001, where he remained until 2009. After winning the UK Under-19 Championship in 1992 and Scottish Amateur Championship in 1993, Dott turned professional in 1994. He scored his only competitive 147 break in the 1999 British Open. Dott was a runner-up in the 1999 Scottish Open, the 2001 British Open, the 2004 World Championship and the 2005 Malta Cup.

Weeks afterward, Elaine, who was pregnant, had a cancer scare when doctors discovered potentially cancerous cysts on her ovaries. In January 2006, Alex Lambie was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer. Although he lived to see Dott win the World Championship in May of that year, he died on 16 December 2006, while Dott was playing in the 2006 UK Championship.

Newly crowned world champion John Higgins overtook him. Dott shone in the 2006 UK Championship as well, reaching the semi-finals, where he lost 79 to Stephen Hendry (a player who Dott never managed to beat in a ranking tournament)[5] after an earlier 75 lead. The loss against McCulloch also maintained the "Crucible curse", as Dott became the seventeenth consecutive first-time champion to lose his title the very next year. He briefly became the provisional world number one in the rankings system after overcoming Jamie Cope 95 to win the 2007 China Open, his second ranking tournament win.[6] Prior to this, he disliked going to China, not helped by a disastrous match in 2002.[7] However, going into the 2007 World Championship as defending champion, he suffered a shock 710 defeat in the first round to Ian McCulloch[8] in the opening match of the tournament, which dented his prospects of remaining world number 1.

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Facing Shaun Murphy in his second-round match, he trailed 26 after the first session. After the match, Dott criticised Ebdon's slow, deliberative style of play and called for a rule to limit the amount of time a player could spend over a shot.[31] Dott became the only Scottish player to reach the second round, after John Higgins, Stephen Maguire, Marcus Campbell, and Alan McManus all suffered first-round defeats. At the World Championship, Dott defeated Peter Ebdon 106 in a first-round match that lasted 7 hours 18 minutes, with an extra session added after the players failed to complete the match in the time allotted for the first two sessions.

In frame 7, when leading 42, he missed the pack completely with his break-off after miscuing, and also failed to hit the bunch on his next shot after being snookered. In the 2008 Welsh Open he lost his opening match against Michael Judge 45. In the 2007 UK Championship he was eliminated in the first round, 79, by unseeded Dave Harold, while in the Masters he lost 56 to eventual runner-up Stephen Lee for the third successive year.[11] Another first-round elimination followed in the 2008 Malta Cup, this time to Mark Williams. nowhere near to playing a good enough standard".[10] His season started promisingly, as he reached the semi-finals of the season-opening 2007 Shanghai Masters, where he defeated Michael Holt 54, tournament favourite Ding Junhui 51, and Stephen Lee 54, before losing his semi-final against Ryan Day 26, to close the gap on world number 1 John Higgins, who went out in the second round; however, Dott then won no further matches that season; a run of twelve consecutive defeats, including all five group matches in the 2007 Grand Prix, started from October 2007 onwards. The 2007/2008 season was more of a struggle for Dott,[9] who described his late-2007 form as "hopeless... Dott announced that he could miss out on the 2008 World Championship, due to personal reasons, and according to his manager he had been suffering from depression.[citation needed] However, he did eventually participate in the tournament, but was eliminated in the first round for the second year in a row, losing 710 to Joe Perry,[12] subsequently sliding to number 13 in the new world rankings, and finishing the season outside the top 32 in the one-year rankings.

Dott advanced to the third round of the International Championship courtesy of wins over Jamie Burnett and Peter Ebdon, but he was defeated 16 by Neil Robertson. He lost in the second round of the UK Championship 56 to Jack Lisowski.[50] At the German Masters, he knocked out Tian Pengfei 50, Barry Hawkins 53, and Stephen Maguire 51, to play in his first ranking event semi-final in over two years.

Dott lost 24 to Ben Woollaston in the final of Event 3 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship, after earlier overcoming Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and John Higgins.[22] He also reached three semi-finals, having played in 11 of the 12 events throughout the season.