Berlin loss for Welwyn Garden City's's Alfie Burden
PUBLISHED: 16:34 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:55 10 February 2015
Welwyn Garden City's Alfie Burden believes the positives far outweigh the negatives despite crashing out of the German Masters at the second-round stage in Berlin.
A win would have seen Burden reach the quarter-final of a ranking event for the first time in his career, but he went down 5-2 to Ryan Day at the Tempodrom.
The pro potter quickly found himself 2-0 and 3-1 down to Day and although he narrowed the gap to one, breaks of 73 and 36 gave the Welshman victory.
And while the world No.54 was frustrated not to replicate his first-round form in the last 16, he is adamant that everything is lining up for a strong end to the season.
“I didn’t really play as well as I can play out there and that’s disappointing,” admitted Burden.
“I can take the positives out of the tournament though – getting beaten in the last 16 is a lot better than losing in the qualifiers.
“I’ll take the positives but I’ve got to improve in order to get over that hurdle and make it into the latter stages of tournaments.
“When you get to the last 16 and you’re playing top-quality players you can’t make too many mistakes like I did against Ryan.”
Burden will have an almost immediate opportunity forget Berlin as he heads to Barnsley for the China Open and Indian Open qualifiers next week.
Those tournaments signal the start of an incredibly busy two months, culminating with the World Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre in April.
And the 38-year-old says he will be straight back into it ahead of the hectic schedule, ready to build on his displays in Germany.
“I’ll be back on the practise table on Monday ready for the qualifiers up in Barnsley,” added Burden.
“I felt great coming into the match against Ryan and although it didn’t happen out there, I’ve been getting some good results recently.
“So, hopefully I’ll take that into the qualifiers and keep pushing on.
“The tournaments are coming thick and fast – we’re quite busy over the next month, so I’ll take each match as it comes and hopefully win a few games.”
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