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Ronnie O'Sullivan v Judd Trump: European Masters 2016 Final preview - Rivals face off in Romania

Rivals O'Sullivan and Trump look on (credit: VCG/Getty Images)

Two of the hottest properties on planet snooker lock horns for the right to be crowned inaugural European Masters champion as Ronnie O'Sullivan takes on Judd Trump in Bucharest on Sunday.

The duo have each produced a series of attacking masterclasses in their respective paths to the final and now go head-to-head in a quest for their first ranking title of the season.



O'Sullivan, appearing in only his second televised tournament since his early exit from the World Championship in April, has marked an emphatic return to form by dropping just four sets en route to the decider.

The five-time World Champion, who has recently thrilled crowds in exhibitions in Eastern Europe, has looked at home on the baize in Romania this week, gradually raising his game as each round has progressed.

O'Sullivan made his first century break of the season in his Quarter-Final win over Mark Davis, following on from routine victories over Daniel Wells and David Gilbert, before sensationally whitewashing UK Champion Neil Robertson 6-0 in Saturday's Semi-Final.

Mutual respect: Trump and O'Sullivan shake hands (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
The Rocket's last ranking title came in February's Welsh Open and he will be keen to open his account for the 2016-17 campaign at the expense of his young rival.

Trump too has made light work of a series of potentially tough opponents, recovering from an early scare from Ben Woollaston to record back-to-back whitewashes of Andrew Higginson and John Higgins, before thrashing World Champion Mark Selby 6-2.

The world number four has made four centuries so far this week and just as he has become renowned for in recent years, has not held back in his audacious shot selections.

Trump is appearing in his first final since winning the China Open in April and will also be out to settle a score after the pair drew their six-part, £30,000, exhibition series three-all, though it was O'Sullivan who scooped the prize money by making the most centuries.

This will be the fifteenth competitive meeting between the two crowd favourites, with O'Sullivan having recorded eight previous wins to Trump's six, though it was the left-hander who prevailed 10-7 in their most recent final show-down in the 2015 World Grand Prix.

Their latest clash gets underway from 11am BST (resuming to a finish from 5pm) and will be contested over the best of 17 frames at the Circul Globus in Bucharest, Romania.



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Ronnie O'Sullivan v Judd Trump: European Masters 2016 Final preview - Rivals face off in Romania

Two of the hottest properties on planet snooker lock horns for the right to be crowned inaugural European Masters champion as Ronnie O'Sullivan takes on Judd Trump in Bucharest on Sunday.

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