John Higgins has not had one of the best of seasons however he is prepared for yet one more tilt at a world title after rediscovering his love for the game.
The Scot is competing in his 25th consecutive World Championship as he appears to get his arms on the trophy for a fifth time.
The 43-year-old has reached the final two world finals, narrowly shedding out to Mark Selby and Mark Williams, and after an necessary few weeks on the follow desk he is able to go one higher.
Higgins has reached only one ultimate this season and never lifted a trophy, however a revamped follow regime has given him the boldness to search out his kind once more on the most important stage of all of them.
‘I’ve been choosing balls out, principally, for the final two weeks,’ Higgins informed Eurosport. ‘I’ve been working towards with Stephen Maguire, enjoying a lot with him and Anthony McGill.
‘It’s all good, good preparation as a result of that’s what your going through while you get right here. You’re going to be enjoying individuals on the prime of their game so that you’ve got to attempt to match that and higher it as effectively.’
Higgins felt that he had been caught in a little bit of a rut with his game after working towards solely at residence by himself.
That has all modified since he, Maguire and McGill all chipped in for a follow area in Glasgow, which has seen the Wizard of Wishaw achieve a new lease on life.
‘It’s a lot higher and I knew that,’ continued Higgins. ‘It was about getting out the house and practicing better and getting that enjoyment back, that was first and foremost, I’d not been having fun with it, actually.
‘Get the enjoyment back and I’ll produce higher snooker, easy actually.’
Higgins has a robust first spherical match towards one other veteran of the game, Mark Davis, who knocked the Scottish nice out in the primary spherical in 2013.
John might be working laborious to not succumb to the upset once more, and is delighted to be back on the Crucible the place he has achieved a lot success in the previous.
‘It’s at all times particular time to return down and play and be concerned right here and I’m completely wanting ahead to it,’ mentioned Higgins.
‘You remember all little bits, they bring back good and bad memories and it will be a sad day if we ever leave here.’