Judd Trump and Neil Robertson battling to make history in English Open Final

The English Open is set for a sensational climax on Sunday as Judd Trump and Neil Robertson contest a final that could scarcely be of higher quality.

It has been a fantastic event, with a superb semi-final line-up as Robertson edged out Mark Selby 6-5 and Trump beat John Higgins 6-4 to set up a cracking finale.

£70,000 is up for grabs for the winner over 17 frames at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, but there is plenty more on the line than just the cash.

Robertson and Trump are two of only four people to have won two Home Nations events, meaning the winner will be the first player to claim three of the prestigious titles.

With Robertson having claimed the Welsh and Scottish Open titles, he can become the first player to lift three different Home Nations trophies and go just one away from completing the set.

Trump had already been to more Home Nations finals than any other player, taking his tally to five this week, so he has extended his own record with another fine run.

In terms of overall ranking titles, Robertson is on 18 and Trump just one behind on 17, so the world number one can go level with the Aussie and Selby if he claims the title on Sunday evening.

If Robertson can get the better of Trump, though, he will be just the sixth player ever to reach 19 ranking titles and go within three of Mark Williams who is ahead of him on the all-time list.

The Thunder from Down Under is also looking to extend his unreal record of winning at least one professional tournament in every season since 2006, which he will surely do at some point this campaign, but could get it out of they way very early.

Whatever happens on Sunday Trump will retain his world number one spot and Robertson cannot improve on his current ranking of number three.

After beating Higgins in the semis, Trump said: ‘I felt like a million dollars out there, I was very relaxed and I enjoyed it. I’m very pleased to have had a good start to the season without playing my best.

‘Sometimes my B or C game is enough to compete, and that’s something Mark Selby has done over the years. It gives me extreme confidence to know that under the cosh I can dig in and deliver under pressure.

‘I love playing Neil, he is on form and he wins tournaments every year. It should be a great final.’

Given the quality of the two players it is hard to imagine it not being a great final.

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