Ding Junhui has been the man of the last couple of months after completing a rare trio of successive ranking event titles.
However, Mark Allen is now only four matches away from completing a hat-trick of his own in the minor ranking event European Tour series.
The Northern Irishman won the last two PTC events in Ruhr and Gloucester and on Saturday reached the fourth round of the Antwerp Open.
Allen began his quest with a whitewash victory over Allan Taylor before a 4-2 success over Shaun Murphy, who is having a very quiet season by his high standards.
The 27 year-old then knocked out China’s Yu Delu to set up a last 16 clash with Joe Perry on Sunday.
England’s Perry battled hard to see off Liam Highfield 4-3 in the third round to maintain his challenge.
Were Allen to emerge victorious in Belgium it would not only complete a rare achievement of three in a row, but would also mean he successfully defends the crown he won in Antwerp last season.
Furthermore, the possibility is still there for the two most in-form players right now meeting in the final with Ding in the opposite side of the draw.
The pair met in the final when Allen won the first of his current streak of titles in Germany – the Ulster man coming out on top 4-1.
It will not be an easy task for either of them, though, as the fourth round is littered with high quality opposition.
Not least is the current world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who was near his devastating best in a 4-0 drubbing of Michael White that include 142 and 130 century breaks.
The ‘Rocket’ will play fellow Essex cueman Stuart Bingham for a place in the quarter-finals, where he could meet Allen.
Bingham easily overcame Dave Harold and James Wattana before edging past Scotland’s Graeme Dott 4-3.
Teenager Joel Walker, once O’Sullivan’s understudy, continued his recent run of form and qualified for the fourth round of a Euro Tour event for the second time in succession with impressive victories over Alex Davies, Jamie Cope and Mark King – the last two 4-0 scorelines.
Walker will face Kurt Maflin, who also is in the fourth round for a second time in a row, after the Norway player was in typically high scoring mood.
Finally, English duo Ben Woollaston and Sam Baird came through unscathed and will face each other on Sunday, a day which will also see the winner crowned.
That winner is hard to tip because included in the top half are the likes of two-time world champion Mark Williams, Australian Open winner Marco Fu and three-time Masters king Mark Selby.
As ever, the players have been well-received in Belgium with enthusiastic crowds – who are bound to be further entertained on Finals Day.
The full draw can be viewed by clicking here.