Ronnie O’Sullivan still ‘fighting and punching’ as he closes in on world number one spot


Ronnie O’Sullivan will change into the oldest man to lead the sector rankings since Ray Reardon (50) if he wins the Tour Championship

Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan says he’s “calm combating and punching” after reaching the final of the Tour Championship in Llandudno.

The 43-365 days-palebeat Judd Trump 10-9within the semi-final and will change into the oldest world no 1 since Ray Reardon in 1983 if he takes the title.

Trump, who defeated O’Sullivan within the Masters, acknowledged he used to be “gutted” after missing a match ball yellow.

O’Sullivan final led the sector rankings 9 years within the past – in May perhaps furthermore merely 2010.

“You can maintain bought to indulge in the moment every so frequently,” O’Sullivan told BBC Sport.

Potentially the most smartly-liked world number two – who will meet Neil Robertson or Mark Allen within the final which begins on Saturday – would change Mark Selby as no 1 if he wins.

“I’m 43, 44, knocking on and I’m undecided there is going to be too many of them. There may be very few those who maintain been the handiest within the sector and the ideal at what they’ve performed, so I declare adore I’m in that bracket,” he acknowledged.

“Presumably there is eight billion of us on this planet. How many can whine they are the ideal at what they’ve performed?

“For me, I’ve had the final ride of being the king of my sport and I’m calm combating and calm punching and I’m contented with that in just a few systems.”

Trump, 29, had led 6-2 at the mid-session interval and used to be furthermore 8-5 up except ‘The Rocket’ won 5 of the final six frames.

“I’m gutted the truth is and annoyed because I had my potentialities within the final frame,” Trump acknowledged.

“That yellow, I mediate I fully took my scrutinize off it, I was beautiful making an are attempting to play for the inexperienced. I’m beautiful devastated.”

Yet every other document looming?

Earlier in March, O’Sullivan change into the vital man toreach 1,000 occupation centurieswhen he sealed a 10-4 obtain over Neil Robertson within the Gamers Championship final.

He furthermore holds the document for doubtlessly the most victories (19) within the Triple Crown tournaments – the Masters, UK Championship and World Championship.

And whereas he’s now beautiful one victory faraway from equalling Stephen Hendry’s document of 36 rating titles, O’Sullivan says his esteem of the sport is driving him on.

“I’m beautiful now not driven by records,” O’Sullivan added.

“I produce now not cling into that create of stuff and I’m contented that I produce now not as you desire the class out of the sport and it all becomes about statistics.

“For me, I’d trade every rating point I’ve made and each little bit of prize money beautiful for the experiences, the esteem and the highs that I’ve had from playing this sport since I was a baby. You can now not cling that.”

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