Shaun Murphy is confident of gaining revenge on Mark Selby during the British Open.
The 39-year-old lost 18-15 to the world number two in a pulsating World Championship final earlier this year.
The pair will now square off in the opening round of the British Open next week and snooker’s world number five is relishing the chance to face Selby again.
The former UK champion penned his second entry to the Magician’s Diary where he shared his thoughts on squaring off against Selby.
“The British Open is coming up and I am looking forward to that. The draw has thrown up one extreme to the other for me," he said.
“I’ve just faced Mark Selby in the longest match on the tour, the World Championship final, now I am going to play against him in a best of five.”
With their first round encounter at the British Open set to be much shorter than their world championship final, Murphy was optimistic about his chances.
“I certainly fancy my chances of getting to three before him more than getting to 18!”, he exclaimed.
“I can assure you that beating Mark Selby in a race to 18 is very very hard. I’m looking forward to it as I’ve been putting in some good sessions on the practice table.”
After playing in the Championship League and taking a trip to Antrim to play some matches recently, Murphy is ready to bring his best to the British Open.
“It feels great to have got some competitive snooker under my belt at the Championship League and I’m very excited to be up and running with the season,” he said.
“It’s been a long break and it is easy to lose sharpness. After success at the Championship League and a tough trip to Antrim, I’m hoping I’ve got that back now.”
“See you all at the British Open.”