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Judd Trump and Neil Robertson go head to head in a mouth-watering Welsh Open quarter-final clash in Newport on Friday.

The world number three takes on the world number four in the pick of the last-eight ties at Celtic Manor Resort.

The two highest-ranked players remaining in the final Home Nations event of the season, whoever prevails will be a heavy favourite to go on and lift the Ray Reardon trophy.

For both players, the meeting marks the 74th appearances at this stage of a ranking event in their glittering careers.

It is also the first time in five encounters that they will not face off in a tournament final; the most recent exception their last-four clash at the 2019 Players Championship.

Trump edges the head-to-head record with 19 wins to his opponent’s 16 as he gets set to appear in an eighth quarter-final in nine Home Nations events – and 14th overall.

The most successful player in the series with four titles, the Ace has dropped just five frames this week and is targeting his first ranking semi-final of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Robertson is seeking his fourth silverware of a hugely impressive season, in which he has already captured the English Open, Masters and World Grand Prix.

A two-time winner of this event in 2007 and 2019, the Thunder is aiming to become only the fourth player to lift the trophy on three occasions or more after John Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry.

And the 40-year-old will certainly fancy his chances. Indeed, he has subsequently reached the final in all three ranking events this season when surpassing the round of 32.

The winner will play Hossein Vafaei or Zhang Anda in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Play gets underway at around 2pm GMT on Friday with the match contested over the best of nine frames at Celtic Manor Resort.