As is usually the case at the Shanghai Masters, the tournament runs over a national holiday in China, the Mid Autumn festival, which sees many Chinese returning home for a family celebration. Much of Shanghai was closed on the Monday, including the subway and more bizarrely the hotel swimming pool. In origin the festival is for lunar watching – and there may have been a fair bit of that for those suffering badly from jetlag on the trip, notably Alan McManus who branded himself ‘Dracula’ after beating Ronnie O’Sullivan for being up all night and sleeping all day. Sticking with the lunar theme and generally the ‘when in Shanghai’ activity of hailing the moon god of immortality ‘moon cakes’ are traditionally bought at often vast expense, containing the widest possible array of fillings within the pastry from sausage meat to lotus seed paste.