Sheffield cueman Adam Duffy knows he can ill-afford to make a slow start when he faces Marco Fu in the first round of the International Open.
The 24-year-old will lock horns with Fu in the world ranking tournament, which runs from October 27 to November 3 in Chengdu, China.
Duffy, who flies out to China today, told The Telegraph: “It is massively important that I get off to a good start.
“Sometimes I struggle in the early frames and it can take me a bit of time to get going. I can’t do that against Marco and I’ve got to try and win the first few frames and look to put him under a bit of pressure.”
Fu, ranked nine in the world, lifted the Australian Open title in July, beating home favourite Neil Robertson in the final.
Duffy, now based in London, added: “I have never played Marco before. His safety play is good and break building is great. He is a class, very solid player. It is going to be a tough test but I am ready for it.
“I will try to keep it tight early on and take it from there.”
It will be Duffy’s second trip to the Far East this season. Back in June, he lost five frames to three to Lu Ning in the wildcard round of the Wuxi Classic.