Tomorrow, Mark Selby and Ali Carter fly to Bangkok as team-mates for England in the revived World Cup. Today, though, they are rivals in the final of the Wuxi Classic.
Selby was the villain of the piece yesterday, beating hometown hero Ding Junhui 6-5 in the semi-finals.
Carter, the reigning Shanghai Masters champion, triumphed 6-3 over Shaun Murphy in the other semi-final.
These two last played in Beijing last season where Selby turned on the style, making three centuries to win their quarter-final 5-1.
When players of this quality meet it’s all on the day, but Selby will probably start as slight favourite in the best of 17 frames clash for which the winner will pocket a cheque for £20,000.
Selby’s 134 against Ding was his 200th career century and he thus becomes only the 14th player in the game’s history to have made 200 or more in professional competition. Last season he set a new record of 54 centuries for a single campaign.
This may not be a ranking event but Selby was short on silverware last season and victory today would be a great boost ahead of a long campaign.
The first session is live on Eurosport but the second session will be shown in highlights form this evening, although it is all live on the Eurosport Player.