Judd Trump and Mark Williams face off in a mouth-watering final for the right to be crowned 2023 Masters champion at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.
A fitting climax to the sport’s most prestigious invitational event sees the two box office left-handers lock horns in pursuit of the Paul Hunter Trophy and £250,000 top prize.
Both already know what it takes to claim Masters glory, with Williams vying for a third crown and Trump in search of his second.
Trump lifted this prestigious trophy in 2019 and is through to a second Ally Pally final as he bids to claim a first tournament win of the season and join the elite group of multiple Masters champions.
The world number four was installed as the new tournament favourite following the exit of Ronnie O’Sullivan on Thursday but has had to dig deep to keep his campaign on track.
Trump can count himself somewhat fortunate to be still in contention for the title, having recovered from 5-3 down to deny Ryan Day in a decider, despite being far below his best.
He then battled his way to a deciding frame win over Barry Hawkins, avenging his defeat by the same scoreline in last year’s Semi-Finals, before thrashing 2020 champion Stuart Bingham 6-1 on Saturday night.
Williams, meanwhile, finds himself in the final of The Masters for the first time since claiming his second title at the Wembley Conference Centre exactly 20 years ago.
The 47-year-old, who made his Masters debut back in 1995, has once again underlined his remarkable longevity at the top level and is out to become the seventh player to win three or more Masters titles.
The Welshman opened up with a dominant 6-2 victory over David Gilbert, before recovering from 3-0 and 4-2 down to defeat seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in a deciding frame epic.
Having narrowly lost out 6-5 to eventual champion Neil Robertson in the Semi-Finals 12 months ago, Williams went one better upon his return by emphatically whitewashing Jack Lisowski 6-0.
He has racked up four centuries so far this week, including a 143 – the joint highest tournament break alongside Trump and Hossein Vafaei.
Williams now has the chance to become the oldest winner of a Triple Crown title and is the oldest Masters finalist since Ray Reardon in 1983.
It is Trump, however, who holds the upper-hand when it comes to their head-to-head record, winning 11 of their 17 previous meetings, including a thrilling 17-16 success in the Semi-Finals of last year’s World Championship.
The final gets under way from 1pm GMT for a maximum of eight frames, before being played to a finish over the best of 19 from 7pm.
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