Former World Champions Judd Trump and John Higgins go head-to-head in a mouth-watering Semi-Final at the European Masters on Saturday.
A repeat of two World Championship finals sees two of snooker’s most decorated cueists collide in Nuremberg as they bid to remain on course for glory in the second ranking event of the season.
Both have hit the ground running in the early stages of the 2023-24 campaign and will now face off for the 30th time in professional competition.
Trump is targeting a first ranking title since the Turkish Masters in March 2022 and has enjoyed an eventful passage to the final this week.
The world number four, who claimed this title in 2016 and 2017, began with a routine 5-0 whitewash of Egypt’s Mohamed Ibrahim in the qualifying round, before repeating that emphatic scoreline against Jordan Brown.
He then pulled off a remarkable recovery from 4-0 down to edge out Chris Wakelin 5-4 with breaks of 92, 69, 57, 59 and 100.
The 2019 World Champion followed that up with a 5-0 rout of Ben Woollaston, before thrashing Ashley Carty 5-1 with a fifth century of the tournament in the process.
Higgins, meanwhile, has powered through to his first ranking Semi-Final since the 2022 World Championship – where he was denied by eventual champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.
His previous best run at the European Masters was a Quarter-Final back in 2016 – where Trump stormed to a 4-0 whitewash en route to taking the title.
Higgins, whose most recent ranking title came at the 2021 Players Championship, has seen off Dylan Emery, Zhou Yuelong, Shaun Murphy and defending champion Kyren Wilson with a quartet of vintage displays this week.
The Scot, however, has lost seven of his last eight meetings with Trump but did prevail 5-4 in their most recent clash at the 2022 Hong Kong Masters.
The match gets under way from 1pm BST and will be contested over the best of 11 frames, with either Mark Selby or Barry Hawkins awaiting the winner in Sunday’s final.
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