Ronnie O’Sullivan looks to maintain his perfect record against Zhou Yuelong when they lock horns in the World Grand Prix second round.
The pair go head to head for the second time in as many months, having also faced off in the UK Championship quarter-finals before Christmas.
Zhou appeared to have O’Sullivan on the ropes after reeling off four successive frames from 4-1 down to lead 5-4, putting him on the verge of a first victory in five attempts.
But the Rocket dug himself out of trouble with breaks of 77 and 122 sealing a dramatic 6-5 victory on the way to lifting his eighth UK title.
Fresh from matching that tally with his eighth Masters crown, the world number one will be confident of extending his unblemished record here.
He notched up his 10th successive victory against Pang Junxu in the opening round of his quest for a third World Grand Prix triumph, hitting breaks of 111, 95 and 70 in a 4-2 success.
Meanwhile, Zhou was a 4-1 winner over Stephen Maguire as he continued his impressive run of form, having also reached the Scottish Open semi-finals last month – suffering a heart-breaking 6-5 loss to eventual champion Gary Wilson on the final black.
And despite the result, the Chinese will also have drawn confidence from his narrow defeat by O’Sullivan in their last meeting. Prior to that, he had only won two frames in their four previous encounters, so he will feel he is getting closer to finally notching up that maiden win.
The winner of this match will play either Tom Ford or Gary Wilson in the quarter-finals later on Thursday.
Play gets under way at 1pm GMT and will be contested over the best of seven frames at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.
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