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Neil Robertson v John Higgins live stream | English Open 2021 final preview

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Heroic John Higgins stuns Ronnie O’Sullivan to reach English Open final

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Neil Robertson claims English Open title after comeback win over John Higgins

Higgins and Robertson go head-to-head (Photo by Richard Sellers/PA Images)

Neil Robertson and John Higgins will battle it out for the right to become the latest new name on the English Open trophy on Sunday.

The two former World Champions have underlined their trademark class and consistency by powering their way into the final of the Home Nation Series event in Milton Keynes.

Robertson was denied the title by the narrowest of margins last year, going down 9-8 to Judd Trump in the final, and will be determined to go one better this time around.

The reigning UK and Tour Champion is appearing in his 33rd career ranking final, having won 20 of those, including five of his last seven.

Robertson’s run to the final began with a 4-0 whitewash of Andy Hicks, before overcoming Sunny Akani and holding his nerve to edge out Mark Davis and Kyren Wilson in last-frame deciders.

He then denied former Northern Ireland Open champion Mark King in Saturday’s Semi-Finals with a 6-4 success to remain on course to lift the Steve Davis Trophy.

Higgins, meanwhile, is through to an incredible 53rd ranking final, 27 years on from his first, and is bidding for a 32nd title to close the gap on Ronnie O’Sullivan (37) at the top of the all-time list.

The four-time World Champion ended a three-year wait for a ranking title by thrashing O’Sullivan 10-3 in the final of the Players Championship at this venue back in February.

Higgins dispatched Zhao Jianbo, Oliver Lines, Lu Ning, Ding Junhui and Masters Champion Yan Bingtao in reaching the Semi-Final stage with three centuries to his name.

The Scot then came through an epic 11th frame decider to defeat Class of 92 rival O’Sullivan 6-5 in the Semi-Finals.

Robertson and Higgins face off for the 18th time in professional competition and are inseparable in terms of their head-to-head record, having claimed eight wins apiece and shared a draw.

Among their most notable encounters was in fact their most recent – the Quarter-Finals of the 2019 World Championship – in which Higgins came out on top 13-10.

The final gets under way from 1pm GMT for a maximum of eight frames before resuming to a finish from 7pm over the best of 17 frames.

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