Mark Selby reveals awkward John Higgins state of affairs forward of Crucible conflict

Mark Selby performs John Higgins for the sixth time on the Crucible (Image: Getty Pictures)

Mark Selby and John Higgins are next-door neighbours throughout their keep in Sheffield, however they are going to be doing their finest to ship the opposite one dwelling after they meet within the World Championship quarter-finals.

Selby got here via a battle with Gary Wilson on Monday night, downing the Tyneside Terror 13-7 to arrange a conflict along with his fellow four-time world champion.

Higgins was because of play on Monday morning however beat Kyren Wilson 13-2 with a session to spare on Sunday, so can be effectively rested and in nice kind for his run out within the final eight.

The pair have met 5 occasions on the Crucible earlier than and it’ll all the time be a captivating contest between the 2 greats, however this one has an odd twist to it.

Selby revealed they’re staying subsequent to one another in residences in Sheffield metropolis centre, and he’s tempted by some devilish plans to get an edge on his opponent.

‘John’s in 402, I’m in 401! I might need to take a look at immediately and depart the TV on or play some loud music,’ he joked. ‘Or tie a little bit of rope in entrance of his door so when he walks out within the morning he journeys up.

‘It’s going to be powerful. I’ve seen him every single day after we’re passing. If we see one another strolling again after taking part in one another, it’s powerful. However I’ve bought a lot respect for John. I’ll go on the market, benefit from the match, attempt my hardest, if it’s ok nice, if it’s not I’ll want him all the very best.’

He added: ‘I’ve bought a lot respect for John on and off the desk, one of many all-time greats. Wonderful participant, nothing he’s not achieved within the recreation.

‘Off the desk he’s one of many nicest guys you possibly can meet as effectively, so I’m actually trying ahead to it, needs to be match.’

Higgins leads the Crucible head-to-head with Selby 3-2, forward of their sixth battle getting underway at 2.30pm on Tuesday.

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