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Scottish Open champion Luca Brecel enters the Meadowbank Sports Centre looking to retain his crown up north.

Brecel captured title in Wales last year with a convincing 9-5 victory over Scotsman John Higgins. World Snooker Tour sat down with the Belgian to relive the memories of last years’ victory and to preview the upcoming Home Nation event.

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“I have great memories of the tournament, obviously, when you win the tournament. I played really well in that, that tournament, apart from the first game I could have lost to Joe Perry and he should have beaten me actually.

But, after that, I played really well and the final was great against John. It was a great atmosphere and it was nice to win the tournament after losing the UK final as well. I’m looking forward to it this year.

To beat a player like John is really, really tough. Even if you’re six-two in front or eight-two in front as I was, it’s still tough to get over the line. John is a great legend and I respect him a lot as a person as well.

It was actually the first time I did a no look black and I wasn’t thinking about it until I got down in the shot and I was like, why not just entertain the crowd a bit? And yeah, I’ll probably do it again, when I see the chance to do it and, I think the crowd like it, so it was good.

Obviously this time it’s the Scottish Open is in Scotland, so that’s going to be a bit different to last year. I think the Scottish fans are great and it’s been a while since we’ve been there, so, I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully I can keep my defence as long as possible.

I feel very good, that was a big bonus to win the first tournament of the season, as you automatically gain a lot of confidence from that. I played well in Belfast as well. Howard Chan beat me there, but I’m feeling really good in general as well and good about my game as well, so it’s all good.”

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