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John Higgins vs Marco Fu: Scottish Open 2016 Final Preview - In-form duo vie for Glasgow glory

John Higgins is eyeing a landmark 29th ranking event success (credit:)

John Higgins is aiming to move outright second on the all-time list of ranking event victories when he faces Marco Fu in the 2016 Scottish Open Final at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

After 128 players arrived in Scotland for the third leg of the inaugural Home Nations Series at the start of the week, just two remain with the first to nine frames collecting a cheque for £70,000 and lifting the brand new Stephen Hendry Trophy - named in honour of the seven-time world champion.

Higgins is on the brink of claiming the 29th ranking event title of his career as his strong start to the 2016/17 has continued at his home event.

The four-time Crucible king dropped just a single frame in his first four rounds, before enjoying a comfortable 5-2 victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals.

It looked like the world number three was set for an abrupt exit at the Last-Four stage when Judd Trump raced into a 5-1 lead during their showdown on Saturday.

However, Higgins produced an inspired comeback to level the match at 5-5, before a magnificent break of 68 under pressure secured a dramatic win in front of the ecstatic home crowd which included his family.

Confident and on course for a third title of the season following his success at the China Championship and Champion of Champions, he will not take anything for granted against Fu, who outscored the Scotsman 412-0 in a 4-0 rout in their most recent meeting at the 2014 Ruhr Open.

Marco Fu is aiming for a third ranking event title (Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
The world number 14 has picked up from where he left off following his run to the semi-finals of the UK Championship, and has been in magnificent form so far this week.

Hong Kong's Fu, whose maiden ranking title came at the 2007 Grand Prix in Aberdeen, is looking to complete a hat-trick of ranking tournament successes and will fancy his chances of doing so, having compiled 10 centuries in Glasgow.

After beating Neil Robertson 4-3 in the Last 16, he dropped just two frames in thumping victories over Mark Davis (5-1) and Yu De Lu (6-1) - making breaks of 72, 73 and 87, as well as back-to-back tons of 100 and 130 to book his place in a seventh ranking event final.

Play gets underway at 1pm GMT on Sunday with the first eight frames, before a maximum of nine will follow from 7pm GMT.

The first to nine frames will be crowned the 2016 Scottish Open champion at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.



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John Higgins vs Marco Fu: Scottish Open 2016 Final Preview - In-form duo vie for Glasgow glory

John Higgins is aiming to move outright second on the all-time list of ranking event victories when he faces Marco Fu in the 2016 Scottish Open Final at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

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