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History predicts a difficult job: Luca Brecel opens in the Saudi quarter-final against Ali Carter or wild card player

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World champion Luca Brecel (WS-4) may face Englishman Ali Carter (WS-8) on Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the quarter-finals of the World Masters of Snooker Season. He must then get rid of one of the two local wildcard players (the Qatari Ali Alobaidli or the Saudi Omar Alajlani) on Monday.

Of six previous duels with Carter, Brecel won only two, but won the last two. The 28-year-old Limburger defeated the 44-year-old Englishman in 2019 in the group stage of the Championship League 3-1 and a year later in the second round of the European Masters 5-1.

If ‘The Belgian Bullet’ also manages to beat ‘The Captain’ in Riyadh, he will face the Northern Irishman Mark Allen (WS-3) or the Englishman Mark Selby (WS-5) in the semi-finals on Wednesday. The final will also be played on Wednesday. In the other quarter-finals, the English Judd Trump (WS-2) and Shaun Murphy (WS-6) face each other and Ronnie O’Sullivan (WS-1) awaits the winner of a match between the Welshman Mark Williams (WS-7) and a wildcard.

The quarter- and semi-finals of the first edition of the 1 million dollar invitational tournament will be played as a best of seven, the final as a best of nine. For the first time, a ‘golden ball’ is on the table. It is worth twenty points, but can only be pocketed after a 147, making a maximum break of 167 possible. It is not yet entirely clear when that golden ball will be on the table. Mark Allen believes he understands that the golden ball will be against the top short cushion at the start of the frame and that it will be removed when a 147 is no longer possible.

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