John Higgins and Luca Brecel go head-to-head for the right to be crowned 2021 Scottish Open champion on Sunday.
Both players are no strangers to ranking event finals this season, with Higgins appearing in his third, while Brecel finds himself in a second ranking final in the space of seven days.
Higgins is looking to heal the hurts of three consecutive final defeats this term, including the Champion of Champions, and has continued his terrific record of having reached the final of each Home Nation Series event so far.
The Wizard of Wishaw began by defeating Alfie Burden 4-1, before seeing off Noppon Saengkham 4-1 and Ryan Day 4-0.
Higgins then overcame Martin Gould 4-2, before defeating David Gilbert 5-3 in the Last Eight and thrashing rival Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 in Saturday’s Semi-Finals to remain in pursuit of a 32nd career ranking title.
A strict weight loss regime during the off season looks to have worked wonders for Higgins’ game, and the 46-year-old still appears to be playing as well as ever in all departments of his game.
Brecel, meanwhile, has stormed into his second successive final, brushing off the disappointment of his defeat to Zhao Xintong in the UK Championship decider in York a week ago.
The Belgian ace is through to his fourth ranking final in the space of five years, with his sole success to date coming at the 2017 China Championship.
Championship League winner in 2020, Brecel has rocketed back to within touching distance of the world’s top 16 and is now aiming to continue Higgins’ recent frustration in finals.
Brecel has brushed aside Joe Perry, Pang Junxu, Fergal O’Brien, Matthew Selt and Anthony McGill en route the final despite being yet to make a century break.
He is yet to taste success over Higgins – who has won all four of their previous meetings, including the Semi-Finals of the 2015 Welsh Open and the Last 32 of this year’s Northern Ireland Open.
The final gets under way from 1pm GMT at Venue Cymru in Llandudno and will be contested over the best of 17 frames.
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