Eckington cueman Adam Duffy is hoping ‘luck’ will be on his side when he takes to the table in Antwerp.
Duffy, 24, plays Scotland’s Scott Donaldson in round seven of the European Tour at the Lotto Arena on Friday, November 15.
In-form Marco Fu defeated Duffy 6-2 in the first round of the International Open in China at the end of October and Fu went on to reach the final, losing 10-9 against Ding Junhui.
Duffy said: “I find that when a player is high on confidence they seem to get very lucky. For example when I played a safety shot against Fu and the red ball was hanging over the pocket I thought how has that not gone in.”
And Duffy went on to make a break of 80.
He added: “I could not have played anyone in better form at that time. I thought I played really well. obviously I was four frames behind coming up to the mid-session, I then won two and I was lucky not to win a third. I am disappointed I lost but he played well and deserved to win.”
Duffy has been in good company after he moved in with best mate and former world number one Judd Trump and has been practising with Ronnie O’Sullivan in Essex.
He said: “Where I used to play - at Hustlers in Eckington - has now closed. I was going to buy a table out of the club but I thought why not move and go and practice with Ronnie and Judd every day.
“The move would have happened anyway. I was ready for a change and I have seen how well Judd has done since he came to London.”
O’Sullivan could face Duffy in the second round of the UK Championships in York this month if he can overcome Barry Pinches.
Duffy said : “Facing him would be a bit strange but that is snooker sometimes.”