Ronnie O'Sullivan taking on Judd Trump in the World Championship final at the Crucible is the match that Eurosport expert Alan McManus has waited for "for 10 years" - and he has explained why.
It is a mouthwatering encounter in Sheffield with world No. 1 O'Sullivan, who is seeking to equal Stephen Hendry's record of Crucible triumphs, taking on a player who has been a dominant force in snooker for years in Trump.
It certainly is a match-up to savour at the Crucible, and McManus made it abundantly clear just how special he regarded the final to be - even before it had begun.
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"There are frames; there are tournaments; there are matches: this is the match that I have been waiting for for 10 years," McManus said in the Eurosport studio.
"Judd has had his dominance. Ronnie has dominated off-and-on for a long period of time. Now it feels like they are coming together and I just want to know who is going to win.
"It is not about money; it is not about silverware; it is not about titles: it is about who is the best over the next two days.
"That is all I want to know - who is the best - and I cannot wait to find out."

‘I was a bit unsettled!’ – O’Sullivan on 'seatgate', lack of dressing room and missing chalk

The 46-year-old wrapped up a 17-11 victory over his old foe Higgins to set up a Crucible final to truly savour with Judd Trump on Sunday and Monday.
It is the fifth occasion in O’Sullivan’s illustrious career that he has occupied the world No. 1 ranking, and the first time since 2019, as he continues his pursuit of a record-equalling seventh world title.
Despite playing some sublime snooker in Sheffield this fortnight, O'Sullivan did reveal that he felt "unsettled" during his win over Higgins due to a number of factors beyond his control - from a wet seat to arriving and finding himself without a dressing room.
Trump, meanwhile, showed admirable resolve to repel a stunning Mark Williams comeback to clinch the deciding frame and book his place in the final against O'Sullivan.
The 32-year-old has not triumphed at the Crucible since 2019 despite repeatedly holding the No. 1 world ranking and being a consistently dominant force at the top of the game.
The Bristolian will be hoping for similarly smooth preparation to what O'Sullivan will be seeking following the two titanic semi-finals in Sheffield as both players vie for a famous win on the very biggest stage.

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