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Ronnie O’Sullivan is involved in a serious scrap with Ding Junhui (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui cannot be separated in the second round of the World Snooker Championship as they finish their second session 8-8 in a race to 13.

It has been a superb contest thus far with frames sliding by in no time as both players displayed supreme break-building abilities.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ding Junhui perfectly poised ahead of huge …

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Saturday’s afternoon session began with O’Sullivan and Ding locked at 4-4 and the first frame of the day was the only really scrappy one, which the Rocket managed to pinch.

Ding was anything but rattled, though, as he claimed the next three on the spin with breaks of 64, 118 and 101, racing into a 7-5 lead.

Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ding Junhui perfectly poised ahead of huge …

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The five-time world champion looked in a spot of bother but he is far too experienced to be rattled and he replied with three straight frames of his own.

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Ronnie rolled in breaks of 90, 89 and 73 to retake the lead, with Ding scoring just nine points across the three frames.

Neither man would take a backwards step, though, despite the heavy blows both were landing, and the Chinese star come roaring back in the final frame of the session, making 53 as he levelled things up again.

‘It’s been a very high standard that these two players have produced,’ Dennis Taylor said on commentary for the BBC.

‘It’s been a fabulous, entertaining session of snooker and we can’t separate them.’

Mark Williams awaits in the quarter-final for whoever can reach 13 frames in the final session on Sunday at 7pm, which is sure to produce serious tension and drama.

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