Decorated left-handers Neil Robertson and Barry Hawkins collide for the right to be crowned 2022 Masters Champion at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.
Both players have experience of competing in a Masters final, with Robertson having triumphed a decade ago, while Hawkins fell short to Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2016.
The duo both came through nail-biting last-frame deciders in Saturday’s Semi-Finals and now stand on the cusp of lifting the sport’s most prestigious invitational silverware.
Robertson is looking to create a slice of history by landing a second Masters title ten years on from his first, with Steve Davis currently holding the record for the longest time between first and second Masters titles – nine years (1988 and 1997).
The Australian ace finds himself in a fourth Masters final at Ally Pally, having seen off two multiple champions along the way.
The 21-time ranking event winner began his run by defeating Anthony McGill 6-3, before knocking out seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-4 in the Quarter-Finals and holding his nerve to edge out two-time winner Mark Williams 6-5 in an epic Semi-Final.
Robertson has already claimed the English Open title this season and was runner-up in last month’s World Grand Prix, underlining his rich vein of form.
Hawkins, meanwhile, is out to become the 26th different winner of this illustrious trophy by going one better than six years ago when he was thrashed 10-1 in the most one-sided final in the tournament’s history.
The world number ten has once again brought his ‘A’ game to a Triple Crown event, having reached the Semi-Finals of the recent UK Championship in what has otherwise been a below-par season by his standards.
The former world finalist opened up with a 6-2 win over Shaun Murphy before thrashing a struggling Mark Selby 6-1 and denying 2019 champion Judd Trump in a thrilling late-night decider on Saturday.
The head-to-head record, however, makes ominous reading for ‘The Hawk’ – who has lost his last four meetings with Robertson, including a Quarter-Final here two years ago.
Robertson has won ten of their previous 14 encounters dating back to 2011, though this will be the first televised final between the pair.
Their most high-profile show-down to date gets under way from 1pm GMT for a maximum of eight frames, before resuming to a finish over the best of 19 from 7pm.
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