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John Higgins knows he is taking on a ‘dangerous animal’ in Jack Lisowski after the Englishman’s superb win over Neil Robertson in the second round.
Robertson came to the Crucible as the bookmakers’ favourite but suffered a surprise 13-12 defeat to Jackpot on Monday night, despite making a 147 break in a World Championship classic.
Higgins came through a less dramatic second round clash as he downed Noppon Saengkham 13-7 but is expecting a tough test against a Lisowski who will be full of confidence.
The Wizard of Wishaw was speaking before Lisowski beat the Thunder from Down Under, but knew that anyone who overcomes the Australian will be a serious handful in the last eight.
‘Lisowski brings a different challenge [to Robertson],’ Higgins said. ‘It probably puts me as favourite, I’d imagine. But he’s got the chance to write his own chapter in this tournament.
‘For him to beat someone as good as Neil, he’ll be feeling on top of the world, he’ll feel as though if he can beat Neil Robertson he can certainly beat anybody, which makes him a dangerous animal.’
Higgins will have good memories of taking on Jackpot at the Crucible after he walloped him 13-1 in the 2018 World Championship.
Lisowski remembered that he changed his tip before that game and is happy that it was an issue with that rather than being completely outclassed by the great Scot, and he is looking forward to the challenge.
After beating Robertson he said: ‘I’ve just won. It’s tomorrow afternoon, so finish talking to you, go home, eat some food, go to sleep, wake up tomorrow and figure out how I’m going to try and give Higgins a run for his money.
‘What a player. It doesn’t get any easier and I can’t wait.’
Higgins and Lisowski’s quarter-final gets underway at 2.30pm on Tuesday with the Wizard on his 16th visit to the Crucible last eight and Jackpot’s first.
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