Ali Carter has played Ronnie O'Sullivan ten times and never beaten him.
Therefore, although he is playing his best ever snooker, Carter still has his work cut out at the Wembley Masters this evening.
The longer a run like this goes on, the harder it gets to put it to an end.
You might think it has to be ended at some point but not necessarily. Terry Griffiths played Stephen Hendry 17 times and lost all 17. In an ironic twist, Griffiths later became Hendry's coach.
Carter will believe he can win. The fact that O'Sullivan is using a new cue must be a plus for The Captain.
But out in the arena he must try to keep memories of his near misses against O'Sullivan at bay.
And that is easier said than done.