Kyren Wilson and Ali Carter go head to head on Saturday for a place in the European Masters final in Furth.
The former Crucible finalists do battle in the first of the semi-final showdowns, with Mark Williams or Barry Hawkins awaiting the winner in Sunday’s showpiece.
Both players have fond memories of the Stadthalle, where Carter won the Paul Hunter Classic in 2015, with Wilson repeating the feat three years later. And they are now just two victories away from securing more silverware at the popular venue.
For Wilson, it would be a fifth ranking title and third in this part of the world, having also captured the 2019 German Masters.
The Warrior is set to appear in a ranking event semi-final for the 22nd time in his career after seeing off Lyu Haotian, Jimmy Robertson, Shaun Murphy and Si Jiahui earlier this week.
The Kettering cueist prevailed 4-1 against Carter on the way to reaching last season’s Gibraltar Open final. That marked only the second time the players have faced off in professional competition outside the Championship League and WST Pro Series.
The Captain, who was a 5-1 winner in their meeting at the 2015 Australian Open, has had to come through two deciding frames to reach his 24th ranking semi-final – and first since the 2020 Northern Ireland Open.
After beating James Cahill 5-2 in the opening round, the two-time Crucible runner-up was then taken to the wire by Stuart Bingham and David Grace, before seeing off maiden ranking quarter-finalist Wu Yize 5-3.
Play gets underway at 1pm BST on Saturday with the match contested over the best of 11 frames at the Stadthalle in Furth.