Gary Wilson will be targeting another World Championship victory over Mark Selby when they lock horns in the second round at the Crucible.
Indeed, the Tyneside Terror stunned the then three-time World Champion 13-10 at this stage on the way to reaching the 2019 semi-finals, and is hoping for more of the same four years on.
Although Selby, who has since added a fourth Crucible crown in 2021, will be the favourite to avenge that defeat as he looks to reach the quarter-finals of snooker’s blue-riband event for the 10th time.
The Jester was in fine form during his 10-8 victory over Matthew Selt in the first round, hitting three centuries and a further six breaks over 50.
However, this season’s English Open and WST Classic winner was pegged back to 9-8 from 8-4 up, and will know he cannot afford to take his foot off the gas heading into the latter stages of the tournament.
Wilson also endured a nervy finish in the opening round against good friend Elliot Slessor, who recovered from 7-1 down to only trail 9-8 in the all-Tyneside battle.
That run to the 2019 semi-finals represented the Scottish Open champion’s only venture beyond the first hurdle in four Crucible appearances, and he will hope that serves a positive omen for him this time around.
A mouth-watering World Championship quarter-final showdown with either Kyren Wilson or John Higgins awaits the winner of this best-of-25 encounter.
Play gets underway at 7pm BST on Saturday with the first eight frames. The next eight commence from 2.30pm on Sunday, while a maximum of nine will conclude the contest from 7pm the following day.
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