The ninth seed, who has had an ordinary season, will have the chance to avenge his notorious 2001 Crucible Theatre defeat against Peter Ebdon when the duo meet on Sunday.
At the same stage of the tournament four years’ ago their match went to a deciding frame and when Ebdon sunk the winning ball he infuriated Lee with his celebration, shouting and punching the air. Lee gained a degree of revenge with a 9-8 victory at the UK Championship last December but knows this is his opportunity to finally lay the ghosts of a contest he is not allowed to forget.
“I’m looking forward to it. I don’t think Peter has beaten me since,” said the 30-year-old, who looked in good form as he knocked in three century breaks against Drago.
“Peter apologised afterwards for the incident and there is no problem between us now. It wasn’t the only time he has done something like that. The problem was that I could understand a bit of a celebration at winning such a close match but not to that extent.”
Even though he has not set the world alight during the current campaign, Lee feels he may be peaking at the right time.
On the other table Stephen Hendry lead Neil Robertson 6-2 and the game resumes this morning.