Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson go head-to-head in the Semi-Finals of the 2022 Hong Kong Masters on Saturday.
A repeat of the 2017 final sees Robertson bidding to do the double over the world number one in front of a record crowd at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
O’Sullivan has featured in three events this season since equalling Stephen Hendry’s record world title tally at The Crucible in May, and is aiming to kick-start his campaign by going one better than his runner-up spot when the event was last held here five years ago.
The Rocket partnered Reanne Evans in the recent World Mixed Doubles, but the decorated duo failed to progress from the group phase after suffering two defeats from their three matches.
He was then dumped out of the British Open 4-1 at the first hurdle by Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher, but made an emphatic start on his return to Asia by whitewashing three-time Women’s World Champion Ng On Yee 5-0 with breaks of 72, 100, 59, 81 and 95 along the way.
Robertson partnered Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut to the World Mixed Doubles title in his first outing of the season last month, having taken an extended break since his Last 16 exit to Jack Lisowski at The Crucible in April.
Players Championship and Tour Championship winner earlier this year, Robertson starts the season as world number three and is out to make it back-to-back triumphs in Hong Kong.
He kicked off with a 5-3 victory over three-time World Champion Mark Williams on Thursday with high breaks of 105 and 140 and is now eyeing a fourth consecutive win over O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan has won 18 of their previous 31 meetings, including the 2021 World Grand Prix final, but it is Robertson who has dominated proceedings of late, winning five of the last six.
The match gets under way from 12pm BST (7pm local time) and will be contested over the best of 11 frames.
Either four-time World Champion John Higgins or home favourite Marco Fu will await the winner in Sunday’s final.
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