In victory, the Englishman becomes the first player to win three Home Nations events.
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The pair will encounter each other with silverware on the line for the third time in less than a year.
Four of the best players in the world are left vying for glory in the first Home Nations series event of the 2020/21 campaign.
There are eight players left in the hunt for glory in what is the first Home Nations series event of the campaign.
The world number one was worked hard before eventually booking his place in the second round.
They looked like heading for a possible early exit before rallying to reach the second round in Milton Keynes.
The first Home Nations tournament of the campaign gets under way on Monday in Milton Keynes.
The first Home Nations Series tournament of the 2020/21 snooker season gets under way this week.
The venue in Milton Keynes previously hosted the Championship League and Tour Championship in June.