Judd Trump will move to the top of the world rankings for the first time since March 2013 after reaching the quarter-finals of the International Championship in Daqing.
The 29-year-old, who won the World Championship in Sheffield three months ago, confirmed his return to the summit by beating Joe Perry 6-2.
Trump moves ahead of Ronnie O’Sullivan, who had displaced Mark Selby at the head of the world rankings in March. Trump faces Tom Ford, who defeated Andrew Higginson 6-4 in the last 16, while Selby faces Gary Wilson.
However, Perry’s defeat means he cannot qualify for the Shanghai Masters which involves the world’s top-16 players after the International Championship.
Trump, who compiled breaks of 62, 101, 111, 74, 76 and 52 on his way to victory over Perry, said after his impressive triumph: “It is always good to be on top of the world. Mark Selby held it for such a long time and it is nice to get back there.
“Anyone that says they don’t want to be world number one is lying. It is always good to be on top of your sport so I am very happy with that achievement.
“I still have a job to do here though and I would love to go out and win the first tournament I’ve played in this season.”
Trump is available at 4.20 to win the 2020 World Championship at The Crucible while O’Sullivan can be backed at 5.25 and Selby at 9.50.