In the semi-final at the Betfred.com Snooker World Championship, Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson tied their opening session 4-4.
Murphy, the champion in 2005, has been unable to count on the support he used to as a Rotherham resident and a spectator was ejected for heckling the 26-year-old.
Now based in Sale after splitting from his wife, Murphy has brushed off the sporadic abuse he has faced so far. He gave a composed performance against Robertson but could not shake off the Australian.
Murphy won a pedestrian opening frame, before the audience member was thrown out, and made it 2-0 after a break of 46.
Robertson's 81 to win the third frame suggested stage fright was not an issue for the Australian, in his first Crucible semi-final.
He drew level at 2-2 but Murphy restored his lead soon after the resumption.
The players returned to their dressing rooms after the fifth frame as officials attempted to detect the source of a buzzing noise.
With that quickly resolved, Murphy knocked in a break of 88 to regain his earlier two-frame advantage.
But Robertson responded with 81 in the next and a run of 46 made sure he took the final frame of the evening.