Neither of the players can say it has the game necessary to win their quarter final, in the next round most probably Higgins will be the opponent, while in the last 16 Fu or Trump can be a tough nut to crack.
Ding Junhui’s this year performance was far away from the standard he showed previous seasons reaching the semi-finals by Shanghai Masters, Champion of Champions and China Open, as well as winning the first minor tournament of the year, Asia Tour 1. In 2011 Ding got to the semi-finals at the Crucible for the first time. The Chinese Sensation looked favourite for the final when he led Judd Trump 15-14, only for the young English player to hit back to win a classic contest 17-15.
Mark Davis had an easy encounter in the final qualifying stage this year, Doherty offering him most of the frames, finally losing 3-10. Dark Mavis won the previous two round 10-7 vs Oliver Lines and 10-4 vs Joe O’Connor, in both matches heating a century break. They met each other in the last 32 round of this year China Open, the English player losing by 1 to 5 frames. Davis reached the Australian Open’s semi-final, 2-6 to Neil Robertson and the same stage of EPT Event 5, being white washed by Maguire. From nine appearances at the Crucible, he managed to play in the third round in 2010, 5-13 to Allen, and twice in the second round: in 1995 and 2013, 10-13 to Bingham.
H2H: Junhui 6-2
Prediction: coin toss.
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