John Higgins will play Marco Fu in the 2016 Scottish Open final after producing a stunning comeback from 5-1 down to edge past Judd Trump 6-5 in a highly entertaining Last-Four clash at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday.
It looked like the home favourite’s quest for a 29th ranking event title was coming to an end when he trailed 5-1 against an inspired Trump, but an almighty turnaround saw him reel off four frames on the spin before clinching victory in a nail-biting decider.
There was very little that Higgins could have done in the opening frame of the fifth meeting between the players this season, as his break-off led to a cracking long red from Trump, which paved the way for a brilliant total clearance of 132 to draw first blood.
The Scotsman, who had dropped just three frames all week, looked to respond in the second, but broke down on 56 after catching the pink when trying to get through to a red and his opponent pounced by clearing with 76 for 2-0.
English Open runner-up Trump, who was appearing in his second semi-final during the inaugural Home Nations Series, was in control in frame three with a run of 45 helping him to a 49-0 advantage.
However, a missed long red allowed Higgins in to narrow the deficit with an 88 total clearance, although the Englishman restored his two-frame buffer at the mid-session interval with a wonderful break of 126.
The world number four picked up from where he left off after the break with runs of 99 and 112 moving him to within a frame of victory at 5-1.
He had an early chance in the next but a missed red when splitting the pack opened the door for Higgins to keep his hopes alive with a total clearance of 110.
In fact, Trump only scored a single point in the following three frames and, with his family watching on, Higgins took full advantage with a couple of runs of 52 to complete a magnificent comeback and force a decider.
The European Masters champion had the first clear chance from which he made 38 before missing a long red to the top pocket.
A shrewd safety shot from Higgins then forced Trump into taking on an ambitious long red with the white tight on the cushion, and the four-time world champion ruthlessly punished him with a break of 68 to scrape over the line and send the home crowd into ecstasy.
Marco Fu was ruthless against Yu De Lu on Saturday (Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
He will play Fu in the final after the world number 14 continued his fine run of form with a commanding 6-1 victory over Yu De Lu in the other Last-Four encounter.
The Hong Kong cueist, who was appearing in back-to-back semi-finals following his run to that stage of the UK Championship earlier in December, took a scrappy opening frame, before pouncing on his opponent's mistakes with runs of 72 and 73 for a 3-0 lead.
It was Yu's first time in the semi-finals of a ranking event and he settled his nerves by stopping the rot on the pink in a closely fought fourth frame.
Nevertheless, he was unable to make the most of any opportunities that came his way after the interval, and Fu punished him with back-to-back centuries of 100 and 130 - taking his tally for the tournament to 10 - to move a frame away from the Final.
The two-time ranking event winner needed no second opportunity, as a quickfire break of in the next secured his passage into Sunday's showpiece.
Scottish Open 2016 Results
Saturday December 17
John Higgins 6-5 Judd Trump
Marco Fu 6-1 Yu De Lu