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Neil Robertson v Ronnie O'Sullivan - European Masters Snooker Semi-Final preview: Thunder faces Rocket in clash of the titans

Neil Robertson (C) and Ronnie O'Sullivan (R) go head to head in the semi-finals of the European Masters (credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Neil Robertson and Ronnie O'Sullivan lock horns in a Clash of the Titans on Saturday for the right to play Judd Trump in the Final of the 2016 European Masters at the Circul Globus in Bucharest.

Two of the most successful players in the game go toe to toe in what promises to be a high-quality encounter in the Romanian capital, with the winner advancing to set up a showdown with Trump in Sunday's final.



Robertson is currently 8-5 down on the head-to-head record, including losing their most recent meeting 9-5 from 5-3 up in this year's Welsh Open Final, but stormed to a comprehensive 6-1 victory in the latest Last-Four clash between him and O'Sullivan at the 2015 Masters.

The Riga Masters champion is appearing in his third semi-final of the season, having also reached this stage of the World Open, after beating a trio of Scotsmen to leave him one victory away from a 20th ranking final.

World number seven Robertson overcame Graeme Dott 4-2 in a high-quality first-round match, before sweeping aside Rhys Clark 4-1 and dispatching Indian Open winner Anthony McGill in the quarter-finals.

However, he will need to produce his very best performance levels in order to see off O'Sullivan, who has won two of the last three meetings and dropped just four frames so far in Romania.

After whitewashing Daniel Wells and overcoming David Gilbert and Mark Allen, the Rocket continued his strong form with a comfortable 4-1 success over Mark Davis - closing with a stunning clearance of 129.

The world number 10 will move outright second on the all-time list should he go all the way and capture a 29th ranking title on Sunday, but must first come through a very tough contest here.

Play gets underway at 5pm BST on Saturday, with the best of 11 frames determining who will progress to the Final of the 2016 European Masters at the Circul Globus in Bucharest.



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Neil Robertson v Ronnie O'Sullivan - European Masters Snooker Semi-Final preview: Thunder faces Rocket in clash of the titans

Neil Robertson and Ronnie O'Sullivan lock horns in a clash of the Titans for the right to play Judd Trump in the Final of the 2016 European Masters at the Circul Globus in Bucharest.

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