Judd Trump and Ronnie O'Sullivan both impressed on day one of the Northern Ireland Open.
Trump was a 4-1 winner against Gerard Greene in the morning, rattling off breaks of 105, 55 and 88, before O'Sullivan signed off with a 125 break as he beat Jamie O'Neill by the same scoreline.
Trump said on World Snooker: “I’m pretty happy with how I played. In a best of seven, if you go behind it is always tough. Losing the first frame you are always under a bit of pressure.
“I got back into the match quickly and potted a lot of good balls.”
“It is disappointing not to be in Belfast this year. Hopefully I can maintain my record, get a third in a row and take it back and defend it in Northern Ireland.”
Starting from opposite sides of the draw, Trump and O'Sullivan could well meet in the final for what would be a third year running and a chance for O'Sullivan to avenge back-to-back defeats.
Much may depend on the attitude of the world champion and there was a mix of professionalism, cheekiness and flair as he matched Trump's performance from the morning.
The same could not be said of Shaun Murphy, as the 2004 world champion crashed out following a 4-0 defeat to Ryan Day, potentially easing O'Sullivan's route to a rematch with Trump.
Martin Gould impressed as he too signed off with a century to beat Jamie Clarke 4-0, while Zhou Yuelong didn't need to be at his best to beat whitewash Jimmy White.
Three half-centuries were sufficient for Kyren Wilson to beat David Lilley 4-0, but the star of the day was surely Ken Doherty, who bagged two breaks of 101 to beat Chris Wakelin 4-1.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came from Yorkshire's David Grace, who beat David Gilbert 4-1, while Mark Williams was another to impress among the balls with a 133 break to complete a 4-2 victory over Jamie Jones.
Louis Heathcote won the battle of two young stars in a 4-2 defeat of Brandon Sargeant, Kurt Maflin scored a 135 clearance to win 4-1 against Fraser Patrick, and Luca Brecel beat Kacper Filipiak 4-0.