Ronnie O’Sullivan is attempting to win the eighth Masters title of his glittering career as he takes part in the tournament at London’s Alexandra Palace throughout this week. With a £250,000 cheque waiting for the winner, the Rocket certainly has plenty of motivation to try to go all the way in the competition.
Speaking ahead of his quarter-final clash with Australia’s Neil Robertson on Thursday, O’Sullivan told BBC Sport: “The way he hits the ball, Neil is a superb cueist.
“He is a phenomenal scorer. This is the Ashes, here we go. It is coming back to Britain.
“I am always nervous before any match. Some tournaments bring out the dark side in me, it was tough but I am tough and the snooker gods say calm down and play some snooker.
“It is hard to carry 2,000 Londoners – when you are from here – supporting you. The pressure was on and I felt I had to deliver, if I didn’t I would have felt bad. The fans have supported me and I have to give something back.”
Masters snooker scores LIVE
Friday, January 14
Barry Hawkins vs Mark Selby
Semi-final 1 Mark Williams vs Neil Robertson: Saturday, January 15 at 1pm
Semi-final 2 (Judd Trump vs QF4 winner): Saturday, January 15 at 7pm
Final: Sunday, January 16 at 1pm and 7pm
Judd Trump 6-1 Kyren Wilson
ROUND OF 16
Sunday, January 9
Yan Bingtao 4-6 Mark Williams
Neil Robertson 6-3 Anthony McGill
Monday, January 10
John Higgins 6-2 Zhao Xintong
Shaun Murphy 2-6 Barry Hawkins
Tuesday, January 11
Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 Jack Lisowski
Mark Selby 6-3 Stephen Maguire
Wednesday, January 12
Judd Trump 6-5 Mark Allen
Kyren Wilson 6-5 Stuart Bingham
Thursday January 13
Neil Robertson 6-4 Ronnie O’Sullivan
Mark Williams 6-5 John Higgins