Marco Fu will take on Ronnie O’Sullivan in a mouthwatering Hong Kong Masters final on Sunday.
It’s a dream scenario for the tournament organisers, with home hero Fu in action against the world champion and world number one.
A capacity crowd of more than 9,000 fans are expected inside the Hong Kong Coliseum, a figure that will smash the previous record attendance for a snooker match.
It’s a game-changing moment for the sport in terms of how it can be presented, and the atmosphere is certain to be electric.
Fu already almost brought the roof down on Saturday with a quite incredible 147 break in the deciding frame of his 6-5 defeat of John Higgins in the last four.
There have been a lot of special maximum breaks compiled over the years, but Fu’s moment of magic on home turf, in front of a crowd numbering thousands, will rank up there.
Later, O’Sullivan delighted his legion of fans as well with a superb come-from-behind triumph over Neil Robertson.
A high-scoring affair concluded with O’Sullivan winning the last five frames for a 6-4 success, countering his opponent’s hat-trick of tons with a brace of his own.
Fu and O’Sullivan will battle it out then in the Hong Kong Masters final for the £100,000 top prize.
Strangely, there was once a period where the former had an upper hand in their head-to-head rivalry.
Early on in his career, Fu had an unusual habit of beating the Englishman in notable encounters – including in the first round of the 2003 World Championship and in the final of the 2007 Grand Prix.
However, after 2009 O’Sullivan began to dominate their battles and boasts an overall record of 18 victories and nine defeats.
These kinds of occasions seem tailored to O’Sullivan, who will thrive on competing in front of such an enormous crowd.
Fu has the local backing but many fans will be cheering for O’Sullivan too, as was obvious during his last-four duel with Robertson.
Hopefully the clash lives up to the billing.
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The Hong Kong Masters final commences at 12pm BST.
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