Ronnie O’Sullivan launches his bid for a record-extending eighth UK Championship crown against Anthony McGill on Tuesday.
The Rocket headlines a blockbuster fourth day at the York Barbican Centre, featuring players boasting a combined 13 UK titles.
It is 30 years to the day since a 17-year-old O’Sullivan announced himself to the world with victory over Stephen Hendry securing the first of his 39 ranking event triumphs.
Aside from winning the invitational Shanghai Masters, the world number one has endured a fairly low-key season thus far, missing several events due to medical reasons.
O’Sullivan beat McGill 6-2 at the International Championship earlier this month, but knows he will be in for a tough opener against the Scotsman, who beat him 13-12 at the World Championship two years ago.
Elsewhere, John Higgins’ latest bid for a fourth title begins against Joe O’Connor.
The Scotsman, who lifted this trophy in 1998, 2000 and 2010, is aiming to build on a positive start to the campaign, in which he has reached three semi-finals.
Having reached the Scottish Open final last season, O’Connor has struggled this term. Indeed, this represents his best performance so far, though he did beat former champion Stephen Maguire to qualify.
Meanwhile, Neil Robertson is desperate to ignite his 2023-24 season when he faces Zhou Yuelong, having yet to progress beyond the last 64 of any ranking event.
Although, the Australian will be inspired by his fond memories of the UK Championship, which he won in 2013, 2015 and 2020.
The other match on day four should be fast-paced and highly entertaining between two of the quickest and most attacking players on the tour in reigning Welsh Open champion Robert Milkins and former Shoot Out winner Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
Play gets under way at 1pm GMT on Tuesday with all matches contested over the best of 11 frames at the York Barbican Centre.
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UK Championship 2023 | Day Four Schedule
Tuesday November 28
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Anthony McGill
John Higgins v Joe O’Connor
Robert Milkins v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Neil Robertson v Zhou Yuelong