Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson resume their quests for a maiden Champion of Champions title when they lock horns in a mouth-watering semi-final on Friday.
After winning Group One and Four respectively, both players find themselves just two victories away from lifting the trophy for the first time at the Bolton Whites Hotel.
Trump admitted earlier this week that he was desperate to add the popular invitational tournament to a glittering CV that also includes 22 ranking titles.
An ever-present at the event, the Ace was a beaten finalist in 2014 and 2019, and will be hoping it is third time lucky this year.
The world number two was far from fluent in his 4-1 win over World Seniors champion David Lilley on Monday, but later turned on the style by reeling off six frames without reply against Ryan Day.
Trump has prevailed in 13 of his 24 previous meetings with Wilson, including each of the last two to have been contested over the best of 11 frames.
Although, the Warrior came out on top in their only previous semi-final showdown, recovering from 5-2 down to win 6-5 at the 2018 Masters.
The 2020 World finalist has also been victorious against Trump in both of their clashes at this event; winning 4-2 in 2015 and 6-1 three years later.
That 6-1 rout formed part of his journey to the final, where he suffered an agonising 10-9 defeat from 9-8 up against Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Appearing in his third semi-final from five appearances, Wilson’s quest to go the extra step began with three breaks over 50 in a 4-2 win over Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown, while he also compiled three centuries on the way to defeating Neil Robertson 6-4.
It promises to be a tasty opening semi-final, with the winner going on to play John Higgins or Yan Bingtao in Sunday’s showpiece.
Play gets underway at 7pm GMT on Friday with the best of 11 frames determining who advances to the final at the Bolton Whites Hotel.