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Live Snooker on Sunday - Shanghai Masters 2016 Final - Mark Selby vs Ding Junhui Preview

Mark Selby and Ding Junhui lock horns in the 2016 Shanghai Masters Final (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Mark Selby locks horns with Ding Junhui in the Final of the 2016 Shanghai Masters on Sunday, with both players aiming for a second title and to pocket a cheque for £85,000 at the Shanghai Grand Stage on Sunday.

Forty players arrived at the fifth ranking event of the season and the locals could not have asked for a better showdown, as the world number one faces the home favourite in what is a repeat of the World Championship Final at the Crucible in May.

Selby won 18-14 in Sheffield for his second World crown and is aiming to make it back-to-back ranking titles after capturing the Paul Hunter Classic at the end of August.

The Jester demonstrated his trademark tenacity and determination against world number two Stuart Bingham in the semi-finals of Friday.

After taking an early 3-1 lead, he found himself 5-3 down after Bingham reeled off four frames on the spin, but dug deep to win the remaining three and book his place in Sunday's showpiece.

World number one Selby has also beaten Yuan Sijun, Stuart Carrington and Ryan Day in Shanghai this week - meaning he has won each of his last 11 matches in ranking events - and the 2011 winner of this tournament is one victory away from moving over £224,000 clear at the top of the rankings.

The Leicester cueist has a 50% success rate in ranking event finals throughout his career - winning eight and losing eight of the 16 he has contested so far - but a ninth win here would move him level with John Parrott and Peter Ebdon on the all-time list.

Meanwhile, Ding would join Neil Robertson on 12 titles should he avenge his Crucible defeat on Sunday.

The world number nine, who won this title in 2013, will move up to sixth with a second triumph here, but has lost each of his last three meetings with Selby.

Nevertheless, the 29-year-old comes into the Final off the back of a good turnaround of his own against Stephen Maguire in the Last Four.

Ding lost a tight fifth frame from a strong winning position to go 3-2 behind, but bounced back brilliantly by winning the next four frames to prevail.

It seems a long time ago that he was on the brink of falling at the first hurdle against Scott Donaldson at the start of the week but, having recovered and also since taken out Mark Allen and Michael Holt, he will be confident of adding Selby to his list of victims.

The Final gets underway at 7am BST on Sunday with the first nine frames taking place, before a maximum of 10 will follow at 12.30pm.

Ten frames is the target for both players, with the first to get there receiving a cheque for £85,000 and being crowned the 2016 Shanghai Masters champion.



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