So it’s a repeat of last year’s Pokerstars.com Masters final and another interesting clash of styles and personalities as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby go toe-to-toe once again.
Last year, O’Sullivan dug deep to win 10-8. He played so well even he was happy.
He’s played superbly at times this year while Selby has been rock solid. The Leicester man is appearing in his third final in as many Wembley Arena appearances.
Ronnie can today become the first player to win the masters title in three different decades. It’s remarkable to think he first captured the title 15 years ago and was still favourite before a ball was potted this year.
Selby has the right mix of attack and defence to frustrate a misfiring Rocket but also far ore even tempered.
Put simply, he enjoys his snooker and his life and nothing much phases him.
Such characteristics will certainly be a help today but it ultimately comes down to who plays the best.
If O’Sullivan can produce his A game, he will win. If not, it could be another close battle.