Jack Lisowski resumes his quest for a maiden ranking title when he faces Joe Perry in the second Welsh Open semi-final on Saturday.
Both players are appearing at this stage of a ranking event for the first time this season, with the winner to play Judd Trump in Sunday’s showpiece at Celtic Manor Resort.
A six-time ranking finalist, Lisowski is just two wins away from landing the first silverware of his career.
Jackpot had never progressed beyond the last 16 in 11 previous appearances in this event prior to this week, and suffered first-round exits in both Home Nations events he entered earlier campaign.
Nevertheless, having ended that wait, he demonstrated brilliant character on Friday to reach his ninth ranking semi-final; scoring 289 unanswered points from 4-2 down – including a magnificent 135 total clearance – to stun Ali Carter 5-4.
Meanwhile, Perry is set to appear in the last four of the Welsh Open for a third time, having previously done so in 2014 and 2016.
The Gentleman has endured a torrid campaign – slipping to 42nd in the world rankings – with a run to the European Masters last 32 representing his best performance so far.
However, his fortunes have upturned in dramatic fashion this week. The former Masters finalist has compiled six centuries, while defeating the likes of Mark Allen, Kyren Wilson and Ricky Walden on the way to reaching his 14th ranking semi-final.
It is also his first in the Home Nations since a run to the last four of the 2019 Northern Ireland Open.
There is nothing to separate the two players on the head-to-head record, with both claiming four victories in their eight previous encounters.
Play gets underway at 7pm GMT on Saturday with the second semi-final contested over the best of 11 frames at Celtic Manor Resort.