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Ronnie O’Sullivan resumes his quest for a second World Grand Prix title when he takes on Jimmy Robertson in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The Rocket, who lifted this trophy in 2018, is aiming to become only the second multiple winner of the tournament after three-time champion Judd Trump.

O’Sullivan is appearing in his fifth quarter-final – having won three of his four such matches – following a pair of 4-1 wins over Andy Hicks and Hossein Vafaei, closing with breaks of 107 and 81 in the latter.

The six-time World champion is now looking to reach his third ranking event semi-final of the season as he bids to end a 16-month wait for silverware.

The 46-year-old has won both of his previous meetings with Robertson, and is yet to drop a frame against the former European Masters champion.

While O’Sullivan is appearing in his 131st ranking event quarter-final, this is only the fifth of Robertson’s career.

The world number 49 had failed to win a match in his two previous appearances at the World Grand Prix, but has put that right this week.

After a 4-2 win over Matthew Selt in the opening round, the Sussex cueist defeated the in-form Luca Brecel in a deciding frame – inflicting only a second loss in 16 matches for the Scottish Open champion and UK finalist.

Robertson is bidding for his second semi-final of the season having reached the last four of the British Open, and has prevailed in two of his four previous ranking event quarter-finals.

The winner will play either Stephen Maguire or Stuart Bingham in the semi-finals.

The match gets underway at 1pm GMT on Friday and will be contested over the best of nine frames at the Coventry Building Society Arena.