John Higgins has been driven to find his form thanks to a return to the Crucible and is ready to give Neil Robertson a real test in the World Championship quarter-finals, according to Stephen Hendry.
It has been a really poor year on the circuit for Higgins, but he has battled into the last eight in Sheffield thanks to wins over Mark Davis and Stuart Bingham.
The Scot now faces a really difficult task in the quarter-finals against the man in form, Robertson, but thanks to being at the famous Sheffield venue, Hendry believes he has every chance of causing an upset.
‘John Higgins has found inspiration at this venue, as he has done the previous two years reaching the final,’ Hendry told Coral.
‘He’s won it four times so although he’s had a very poor season, I’m not surprised he’s found this form at the Crucible.
‘He’s got proven pedigree at this venue and he’s going to give Neil Robertson a tough game.
‘Whether he’s got the belief in himself that he can beat Neil is another thing but I would never discount John Higgins at this venue.’
The Wizard of Wishaw is competing in just his fifth ranking quarter-final of the season and has not picked up any silverware yet this campaign.
In contrast, Robertson has reached the final in each of his last four events, winning two of them – the Welsh and China Opens.
Higgins will have to upset the form book and the odds to get anything out of the Thunder from Down Under.