Judd Trump resumes his Masters title defence when he locks horns with Ali Carter in the quarter-finals on Friday.
The reigning champion is aiming to become only the fifth player to successfully defend the crown after Cliff Thorburn, Stephen Hendry, Paul Hunter and Ronnie O’Sullivan.
His quest to do so almost fell at the first hurdle as he trailed 3-0 against Kyren Wilson in the opening round.
Although he reeled off five successive frames, Trump was on the brink of defeat as the Warrior responded before opening a 55-0 advantage in the decider.
However, the Ace saved his best until last with a superb 65 clearance to snatch a dramatic victory and avoid becoming the 11th defending champion in the last 20 years to lose their opening match at the event.
And Trump has an impressive strike rate when it comes to Masters quarter-finals, having won six of his previous seven such matches.
Meanwhile, Carter has won just one of his previous three, though it came during his run to the 2020 final.
The Captain will be out to avenge the 10-7 defeat he suffered against Trump in the inaugural Wuhan Open showpiece three months ago.
The five-time ranking event winner arrives off the back of a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Mark Williams in the opening round.
He came from behind on three separate occasions, before winning the last two frames for only his seventh win in 13 appearances at snooker’s most prestigious invitational event.
The winner of this match will play either Mark Allen or Mark Selby in the Masters semi-finals.
Play gets under way at 1pm GMT on Friday and will be contested over the best of 11 frames at Alexandra Palace.
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