The Betfred.com World Championship final will be one of contrasts: one of snooker’s greatest champions against the new, exciting kid on the block.
Judd Trump has been the star of this tournament and he may well prove to be the winner.
But John Higgins has been there and done it before – three times – and this experience may prove to be crucial.
Nobody who saw Trump’s 17-15 victory over Ding Junhui could fail to be impressed by the 21 year-old’s performance.
He stood up to all of the pressure and expectation on the big stage and there’s every reason to believe he can do it again in the final.
Higgins described him as “the new young star our game badly needs.” It is a role Trump is willing to play. He is still loving every minute of his Crucible adventure.
But Higgins has the game, the class and the iron will to stop the Juddernaut in his tracks.
It’s been obvious ever since his return that he is giving every frame of every match 100% and that intensity isn’t going to wane in a world final.
“I don’t know where I can put the cue ball to stop him potting,” was his view on Trump’s game. But as one of snooker’s finest tacticians, he knows full well what he needs to do to contain this ferociously good potter.
Trump’s safety game is vastly improved of late but Higgins’s is still stronger. This may ultimately be key in him dictating what sort of match it will be.
This Crucible final is a clash of styles and generations. It is a modern day great against a young man giving us a glimpse of the future.
Trump has the belief to win but does he, over four sessions against Higgins, have the game?
The fascination, as ever, lies in finding out.