Mark Selby hit back from trailing Ken Doherty 2-0 in the Gibraltar Open second round to stay on course for a dramatic £200,000 semi-final meeting with world number one Judd Trump.
Selby started the final tournament of the six-event BetVictor Series £6,500 behind Trump, who picked up the £150,000 bonus with a 4-3 win over Kyren Wilson in last year's final on top of a £50,000 first prize and £5,000 for the highest break (144).
It means Selby must better Trump's performance at the event with the pair scheduled to meet in the semi-finals on Sunday. If Selby can reach the final, he is guaranteed the bonus plus at least £20,000 for finishing runner-up or £50,000 as champion.
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It would be a best-of-seven match with a serious financial hit for the loser, who would collect only £6,000 for missing out.
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The three-times world champion Selby meets Chris Wakelin in the last 32 following his 4-2 win over Doherty. Trump later completed a 4-1 victory over Sunny Akani boosted by two 124 breaks and a closing 55 to secure a clash with Liang Wenbo or Robert Milkins.
"To have that purse in there with only me and Judd that can win it makes it a bit more exciting," said Selby.
In a way, I hope we both get to the semi-finals because it means we both have gave it a good run. If I win I get it, if he wins he gets it.
"If I lose before the semis, he gets it before winning it as such. It would be good if it did get to the semi-finals, but there is a lot of hard work to be done before then," added the European Masters and Scottish Open champion.
"In patches, I feel really good. I feel like I'm scoring when I get my chances."
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