Four-time world champion John Higgins lost 13-9 to Ding Junhui at the Crucible, and then nominated his second-round conqueror as a "big, big danger" to all at this year's tournament.

Higgins was 5-1 up at one stage in the Betfred World Championship tussle but had no answer to Ding's late surge as the Chinese player came out well on top in the end on Saturday.

Higgins rates Ding's control of the white ball as better than anyone's apart from six-time world champion Steve Davis, at his best, and has no doubt he has the credentials to beat everyone this year.

"I let him off the hook when I was 5-1 in front," said the Scot.

"I missed a red, and from then on he was clinical. He never let his head drop, and he came back into it ... and then played clinical, clinical stuff."

Comparisons with Davis are eye-catching.

"He reminds you of Steve Davis in his prime, his cue-ball control," added Higgins. "It's the best probably since Davis.

"He makes everything look ridiculously easy, and he made a couple of pressure clearances.

"I think it probably means he's maybe ready to win the world title."

Ding had to dig in, with Higgins regularly building breaks but often failing to close out frames.

"He seems as if he's ready to tough it out," said Higgins.

"His all-round game, his safety play and everything was top notch as well.

"He's a big, big danger to win this tournament, I think."

Ding, ominously, believes he can improve.

"I'm playing well, and keep scoring heavily, and won frames after he made 50 breaks," he said.

"I hope I'm going to win the tournament. I believe I can ... I have the form to win any tournament.

"I think I can play better."

Graeme Dott, the 2006 champion, will not be winning this year - after bowing out 13-5 to Stuart Bingham.

Dott's elimination means, against significant odds, McGill is the only Scot left in contention to take the 2015 title.

Bingham's route to glory looks a tough one, with a quarter-final against either five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan or twice runner-up Matthew Stevens next.

Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen resumes his second round match this evening 9-7 up against England’s Barry Hawkins