Higgins sets up Rocket showdown

15 December 2017 23:13:10 GMTPlus11

John Higgins is hoping he can make home advantage count when he takes on Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Open.

Higgins is on a high after thrashing Gerard Greene and Ashley Hugill 4-0 on Thursday but knows that he has lost all four of his clashes with O'Sullivan this season.

"I think Friday will be the only time that I have played Ronnie around the world, that the majority of the fans will be on my side," said four-time world champion Higgins.

The Scot added: "He has an army of fans everywhere and has a great support up here in Scotland. That will add to the atmosphere.

"The last couple of games I played against him I haven't turned up and it was easy for him. I am definitely going to need to up my game. If I bring my best game then there could be a chance of me taking the title this week."

O'Sullivan defeated Michael White 4-1 in the last 16, compiling breaks of 92 and 75 along the way. He is 4/7 to beat Higgins, who is 11/8 to come out on top.

Meanwhile, Stephen Maguire defeated Chinese teenagers Yan Bingtao and Xu Si 4-3 and 4-1 respectively and is 13/8 to beat Judd Trump, who edged past Elliot Slessor 4-3, in the quarter-finals.

Ricky Walden saw off Rory McLeod 4-3 and will play Cao Yupeng, who thrashed Tom Ford 4-0, in the last eight. Neil Robertson clinched a 4-2 triumph against David Grace while Xiao Guodong knocked last year's winner Marco Fu out.

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