Ronnie O’Sullivan brushed aside David Gilbert to reach the Northern Ireland Open semi-finals.
The five-times world champion dominated his quarter-final encounter all the way as a 5-2 victory set up an exciting semi-final with world number one Mark Selby.
O’Sullivan secured victory with breaks of 51, 83, 102, 75 and 85. The century break being his 974th in his professional career.
The anticipated semi-final clash will begin at 1pm with the winner going through to Sunday’s grand final.
It will be O’Sullivan and Selby’s first match against each other in nearly two years.
The last time they met Selby came out on top winning the final of the 2016 UK Championship 10-7.
But O’Sullivan enjoys the better head-to-head record over his next opponent winning 16 matches out of a total of 26.
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