The world number two hasn’t lost in the event since 2017.
The Magician is looking to add to his career haul of nine ranking titles.
The Rocket has reached the final in each of the last three campaigns.
It was the Pistol’s second career maximum break in competitive play.
Every top 16 member in action made it through the first hurdle unscathed.
Defeats for the pair could threaten their chances of competing in this season’s Masters.
It marks the first ranking event on the World Snooker Tour calendar in almost two months.
The young Welshman was in fine form throughout the week.
The 16 year-old claimed the biggest international title of his career so far.