Ronnie O’Sullivan and Luca Brecel go head-to-head in the final of the 2023 Shanghai Masters on Sunday.
An unmissable climax to an enthralling week of action at the Shanghai Grand Stage sees two of the sport’s biggest box office stars collide in a quest to claim the £210,000 top prize.
Defending champion O’Sullivan puts his emphatic unbeaten run in this event on the line against the man who dethroned him in this year’s World Championship.
O’Sullivan has won the last three stagings of this event since 2017 and has not lost an invitational final since the 2019 Masters.
The seven-time World Champion is appearing in his first tournament of the season and has hit the ground running with a hat-trick of wins over rival opposition.
He began his campaign with a 6-3 success over Ali Carter, before producing an inspired comeback from 5-2 down to snatch victory over John Higgins in a decider.
The Rocket then reeled off four consecutive frames from 7-6 down to defeat Mark Selby 10-7 in Friday’s opening Semi-Final, taking his tally of centuries to six for the tournament.
O’Sullivan may have revenge on his mind after his remarkable collapse at the hands of Brecel at The Crucible in April – where he squandered a 10-6 lead as Brecel reeled off seven straight frames to reach the Semi-Finals.
That proved to be a watershed moment in the career of the Belgian as he went on to seal a fairy-tale maiden world title, becoming the first player from continental Europe to do so.
Brecel is competing in only his second tournament since that success in Sheffield, having lost out to eventual champion Barry Hawkins in the Last 16 of the recent European Masters.
The 28-year-old, whose breakthrough first ranking title came at the China Championship in 2017, opened up with a 6-4 win over Mark Williams, before overcoming Robert Milkins 6-3 in the Quarter-Finals and seeing off Neil Robertson 10-7 in Saturday’s semis.
Brecel is vying to claim a first non-ranking title since the 2020 Championship League and square up his overall head-to-head record with O’Sullivan at three apiece.
The final gets under way from 7am BST for a maximum of nine frames, before being played to a finish over the best of 21 from 12.30pm.
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