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Ronnie O'Sullivan is through to the final of the Northern Ireland Open after battling back to beat Ali Carter with five frames in a row on his way to a 6-3 win.

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Carter took a 3-1 lead into the mid-session interval, but the Rocket was simply too good as he was at his imperious best after the break.

The two made headlines last time they met at the 2018 World Championship. O'Sullivan called Carter 'Mr Angry' and appeared to shoulder barge the player mid-frame on his way to a 13-9 defeat.

And while O'Sullivan denied that he ever apologised for the incident, there have been no such fireworks in this one.

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Carter made the perfect start after taking a marathon first frame. A break of 71 helped establish a firm lead, and while O'Sullivan took his time looking for the three required snookers, he was unable to find them after accidentally potting a red.

The two players exchanged errors and flukes in the second frame but neither took full advantage until O'Sullivan found his way through a crowded pack for a century to draw things level.

Carter took another long and tactical frame, and while O'Sullivan took to the table despite needing five snookers, a quick mistake saw Carter close things out to regain the lead.

O'Sullivan looked short on confidence in the fourth frame and made big mistakes on each of his visits to the table. Carter missed an easy red himself but after the Rocket failed to punish him, the underdog took a two-frame lead heading into the break.

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But the Rocket was completely rejuvenated after the interval and took a quick fifth set with a break of 78.

And in no time at all he was level as a quick break of 66 was enough to square things up and undo Carter’s hard work.

O’Sullivan was then at his imperious best as he took the lead, and doubled that lead less than 10 minutes later with the 8th frame of the match, limiting Carter to just 13 points in four frames.

Carter looked set to pull one back, but O'Sullivan produced a simply spectacular clearance to snatch it away and take the match with five frames in a row.

He will go up against world number one Judd Trump, who beat David Grace 6-2 in the other semi-final on Saturday.

Watch the final live on Eurosport, eurosport.co.uk or the Eurosport app from 12:45

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