Masters: Ronnie O'Sullivan to face Marco Fu in first round

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Highlights: O'Sullivan wins 2017 Masters

Ronnie O'Sullivan has been drawn to face Marco Fu in the first round of the 2018 Masters in January.

O'Sullivan won a record seventh Masters title earlier this year with a 10-7 victory over Joe Perry in the final at London's Alexandra Palace.

World number one Mark Selby takes on Mark Williams, John Higgins plays fellow Scot Anthony McGill and Judd Trump meets Liang Wenbo.

The tournament starts on 14 January and will be shown live on BBC TV.

"There are some good ties and I am looking forward to seeing the likes of Luca Brecel, Kyren Wilson and Anthony McGill playing in the Masters for the first time," said six-time world champion Steve Davis.

Most Masters titles
Seven: Ronnie O'Sullivan in 1995, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2016 & 2017
Six: Stephen Hendry in 1989-1993 and 1996
Three: Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Paul Hunter, Mark Selby
Two: Alex Higgins, Mark Williams, John Higgins

Full draw

All times GMT

Mark Selby v Mark Williams (Sunday, 14 January at 1pm)

Mark Allen v Luca Brecel (Sunday, 14 January at 7pm)

Ding Junhui v Ryan Day (Monday, 15 January at 1pm)

Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo (Monday, 15 January at 7pm)

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Marco Fu (Tuesday, 16 January at 1pm)

Barry Hawkins v Kyren Wilson (Tuesday, 16 January at 7pm)

Shaun Murphy v Ali Carter (Wednesday, 17 January at 1pm)

John Higgins v Anthony McGill (Wednesday, 17 January at 7pm)

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Masters made for Ronnie - analysis

John Parrott, three-time Masters finalist and BBC Sport pundit

The Masters is made for Ronnie. He loves it. He's in his home town, he turns up, plays his match, goes home, has a sleep in his own bed, comes back, wins his next match, and usually ends up winning the trophy.

He's won it seven times. There's a very good chance it is going to be eight.

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