The four-tournament swing provided a handsome bonus that motivated some of the marquee names to enter the smaller events.
Following the conclusion of the professional World Championship, it’s the old-timers turn to shine in Sheffield.
The new world champion is still a long way behind reclaiming top spot in the official standings.
Success for the “Rocket” also sees him break the record for all-time ranking event victories.
The showdown is delicately poised after an intriguing first day of the final on Saturday.
After more than three months of a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Crucible champion is set to be crowned.
The “Rocket” produced a mesmorising comeback to reach his first Crucible final since 2014.
There had been supporters on the first day of the tournament only for the government’s pilot scheme to be immediately postponed.
It’s the singe table set-up in Sheffield and the destiny of the 2020 title will be determined in a matter of days.
It marks the first time that the pair has crossed paths in Sheffield since their memorable 2014 showdown in the final.