Ali Carter received a standing ovation as he made his return to big-time snooker in Coventry.
The 35-year-old from Essex was diagnosed with lung cancer in May pushing his body through punishing sessions of chemotherapy and major surgery.
However, he was back on the baize at the Champion of Champions tournament at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.
Despite the cheers from the crowd, he was unable to make a winning return against Neil Robertson.
Breaks of 111 and 106 in the second and third frames helped the Australian to a convincing 4-0 success.