It was the third time they’ve made in 2021 already.
Ronnie O’Sullivan overcame John Higgins with a 10-8 scoreline to succeed in the semi-finals of the Tour Championship on Monday on the Celtic Manor.
In a tense battle, Higgins by no means absolutely recovered after shedding the final two frames of the opening session and the primary of the night’s play to path 6-3.
The Scot admirably fought on and at one level seemed like he may be capable of power a deciding body, however O’Sullivan finally held on.
It affords the Rocket a contact of revenge after his current 10-3 hiding to Higgins within the closing of the Gamers Championship final month.
O’Sullivan additionally misplaced to Higgins within the Masters, however pre-match cue woes didn’t get in the way in which of his victory on this event.
The 45 year-old, who has been a runner-up in 4 rating finals since capturing a sixth world crown final August, compiled a brace of century breaks to take his report profession tally to 1,100.
After pipping Higgins then to succeed in the Tour Championship semi-finals, O’Sullivan will subsequent encounter the winner of Thursday’s first-round conflict between Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins.
Earlier than that, Neil Robertson and Jack Lisowski will do battle on Tuesday to safe a last-four spot on the alternative facet of the draw.
Lisowski has solely crushed Robertson on one event – within the Championship League – and misplaced to the Thunder from Down Below within the 2019 China Open closing.
But, the 29 year-old is definitely in higher type at current, highlighted by an unusually barren spell for Robertson during which the Australian has gained just one contest since claiming the UK Championship title in December.
Judd Trump (1) vs Barry Hawkins (8) – Thursday twenty fifth
John Higgins (4) 8-10 Ronnie O’Sullivan (5) – Monday twenty second
Neil Robertson (3) vs Jack Lisowski (6) – Tuesday twenty third
Mark Selby (2) vs Kyren Wilson (7) – Wednesday twenty fourth
The place to Watch the Tour Championship
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As has turn out to be the norm since final 12 months, the event in its entirety shall be staged behind closed doorways.
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