Record-breaking display ensures O'Sullivan progresses (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Superman Ronnie O'Sullivan insists he is not invincible despite record-breaking win
11:24am Saturday 18th January 2014 in Sport
Record-breaker Ronnie O’Sullivan may be doing his best Superman impression at the Masters but he insists he is far from invincible heading into the semi-finals.
The Rocket put on a masterclass in front of an adoring Alexandra Palace and a helpless Ricky Walden on Friday afternoon, racking up 556 unanswered points – a record in the professional game.
Indeed, such was the Rocket’s dominance that he wrapped up the 6-0 trouncing in a speed-of-light 58 minutes.
Whether anyone left at the Masters can prove to be his kryptonite is yet to be seen, but O'Sullivan believes he can be stopped.
“If I was advising someone else I’d say each match is a different game on a different day, anything can happen so there’s not much to get too excited about,” said the four-time Masters champion.
“With Robertson you’ve got the world number one winning virtually all the tournaments between him and Ding [Junhui] at the moment, and then you’ve got Stephen Maguire who is obviously a great match player.
“Anyone who has been in this tournament from the word go is a top player so it won’t get any easier now, it’ll just get harder.
“I didn’t feel unplayable but I certainly felt I was controlling the white ball pretty well; my long putting was good and my safety was OK.
“So it’s tough to play when sometimes doing all three things pretty well.
“It was one of those games, everything I seemed to touch turned to gold so I can’t argue with that.”
O’Sullivan did not just set the unanswered points record but shattered it, trumping Ding Junhui’s 495 against Stephen Hendry in 2007 by 61 points.
It was another vintage performance in a career full of them and O’Sullivan admits he is happy to keep playing the entertainer.
“I just look it and think I’ve had a great career, won a lot of tournaments – more than I ever expected to win,” added O’Sullivan.
“At this stage of your career it’s nice to put in performances like that and show people what you’re capable of. With YouTube now I guess people will be clicking on and watching it.
“We’re all entertainers and showmen in a way and it’s nice to put on a good game for them.
“Performances like that don’t come along all the time but it makes you feel excited yourself. You want to keep going out there; it’s such a great feeling.”
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