It’s ten years since Mark Williams won his first world title and seven years since he captured his second.
The Welshman played superbly to win them both and his form at the recent China Open suggests he can complete the hat-trick.
Williams is in the hardest section of the draw. Marcus Campbell is vastly experienced but has only played at the Crucible once before.
If Williams gets past him he will face Ronnie O’Sullivan or Liang Wenbo with Mark Selby or Stephen Hendry waiting in the quarter-finals.
The good news for Williams is that none of these players would want to play him right now.
O’Sullivan and Liang start out this afternoon. Ronnie has won all three of their previous meetings, including in the World Championship quarter-finals two years ago.
He also beat the Chinese in the Shanghai Masters final earlier this season. There are question marks over O’Sullivan’s game but we all know that he can blow them away if he finds some fluency.
Steve Davis is sure to receive a huge ovation tonight when he makes his 30th appearance at the Crucible.
His first was in 1979. It’s 29 years since he won the first of his six titles.
He has a chance against Mark King but will obviously have to play much better than he did a year ago against Neil Robertson.