Amateur Joe O'Connor admitted world number one Mark Selby was "too good" for him after losing 6-0 in the first round of the UK Championship.
O'Connor, 20, the 127th seed, barely had a chance early on against the 2012 champion and then struggled to take advantage of his limited opportunities.
"Mark played well at the start and I didn't really get a shot," O'Connor told BBC Sport.
"He was too good for me. I would liked to have won a couple of frames."
He continued "I had a couple of chances but seeing the way he closes out frames is a good experience.
"I thought I handled the game alright. I missed a couple of easy chances but on the whole I was quite happy with my performance."
Fellow Leicester-based player Selby felt he had plenty of room for improvement for his second-round meeting with Oliver Lines on Sunday.
"I started up well and put him under pressure from the off as I knew he would be nervous," he said.
"It got a bit scrappy, but I got the job done. If you win pretty, then great but if you win and it's horrible then it doesn't matter."