Ali Carter starts favourite against Jamie Burnett to win the Shanghai Masters today but it's not been a good week for favourites.
Burnett ended 18 years of journeyman toil by beating a badly out of sorts Jamie Cope 6-1 in the semi-finals yesterday to progress to the first ranking final of his career, a run that has come completely out of the blue.
Carter's appearance in the final is less surprising. The world no.4 has been one of the most consistent performers for the last two years.
From 2-0 down to Mark Selby he was superb, particularly in completing a 69 clearance in the fourth frame with three of the last four reds on cushions.
Carter will be widely expected to triumph today but if the tournament has taught us anything it's to expect the unexpected.
Is there one last twist in the tale?