O'Sullivan eased through to the last eight (©GettyImages)
O'Sullivan eased through to the last eight (©GettyImages).

Ronnie O'Sullivan through to his 10th Masters final

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Ronnie O’Sullivan is through to a record 10th Dafabet Masters final, after overcoming Stephen Maguire 6-2 in the semi-final at the Alexandra Palace.

The Rocket once again made light work of his opponent, and has now dropped just three frames en route to Sunday’s showdown.

He will take on defending champion Mark Selby in a repeat of the 2009 and 2010 finals, with one win apiece for each player so far.

The four-time winner of this event fell behind as Maguire rattled in a break of 89, but quickly responded with runs of 39 and 36 to level.

A break of 73 put O’Sullivan ahead before a couple of runs of 40 put him 3-1 up at the mid-session interval.

The onslaught continued after the break as he took a tight fifth frame on the colours. A run of 59 then moved him one away from a place in the final.

Maguire has had a good week beating Neil Robertson on his way to the last four, and he kept the match alive by taking frame seven on the black.

However there was no denying the world champion a 10th Masters final. He made an impressive break of 129 to the pink to finish off, with his excited son watching from the audience.

History is set to be made on Sunday one way or another.

A win for O’Sullivan will give him his fifth title, and move him one behind Stephen Hendry’s record of six.

Victory for Selby will put him level with the Rocket on four titles, and he would become the first player since the late great Paul Hunter in 2002 to successfully defend his Masters crown.

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