Adam Duffy is unfazed by the prospect of facing former world champion Shaun Murphy in the qualifying round of the China Open.
The pair will lock horns at the Capital Venue in Gloucester at 2.30pm this afternoon, with the winner to go through to the final stages of the event in Beijing, which run from March 31 to April 6.
Murphy, who used to be based in South Yorkshire, recently won the Gdynia Open in Poland to claim his first title since the 2011 Brazil Masters.
Sheffield potter Duffy respects Murphy’s achievements but insists he is not worried about playing the 31-year-old.
He told The Star: “I know Shaun really well from when he lived in the area. I played him in Sheffield a few times.
“He’s one of the nicest guys on the tour. He gets on with everybody. He has worked so hard on his game so he deserves to win tournaments.
“It will be tough against Shaun but if you are going to get to the top, you’ve got to beat everyone. It should be a good game.
“I’ve got to play well because Shaun is in form. But I’m not scared of playing him.”
Duffy has fallen to 72 in the world rankings after a couple of lean months.
“It suits me being the underdog against Shaun,” he said. “He has improved every aspect of his game.
“Shaun is a class player with a great cue action. His break building and long potting is superb.
“I’ve got to match his game and not miss when I get my chances.”
After the China Open, Duffy will head to Newport in preparation for the Welsh Open. The world ranking tournament gets underway on Wednesday. All matches up to and including the last 16 are best of seven frames.
Duffy is in action on Thursday, beginning his campaign against Jack Lisowski.
“Jack is another person I know very well,” he said. “We know each others games inside out.
“I played and beat him in the Welsh Open in my first year on the tour so hopefully that will be a good omen.
“I have been putting in the hours on the practice table so I would love a good run in the Welsh Open. I know I am capable of it.”