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The prospect of winning a world title in his 40s continues to drive Ronnie O'Sullivan
11:12am Monday 20th January 2014 in Sport
At the age of 38, Ronnie O’Sullivan continues to re-write the snooker record books and after clinching his fifth Masters crown on Sunday night the Rocket insists he is not finished yet.
The Essex Exocet stormed to the title at the Alexandra Palace, seeing off Mark Selby 10-4 in match that started out as something of a procession.
Breaks of 97, 70 and 96 carried the reigning world champion to a 4-0 lead early on and Selby, the defending champion at the Alexandra Palace, was powerless to fight back against the onslaught.
Playing in a record tenth Masters final, O’Sullivan, from Chigwell, had opened up an 8-1 lead by the start of the evening session before Selby finally found some fight.
But despite pulling back a couple of frames it was never enough to apply real pressure and O’Sullivan, the five-time world champion, pulled clear, much to his delight.
"Any time you win a tournament is a great feeling," he said.
"Mark seems to make it to finals, he is a great competitor and I'm so pleased to have got the win.
"Mark plays better when he’s behind, he does it so many times that you never feel quite over the line.
"I expected him to be coming back to 8-4, 8-5, 8-6, but I just thought ‘keep competing’ and luckily I did.
"Just to have got one (Masters) was great, so to have five is great. Five worlds, four UKs; I would never have dreamed I would do as well as this when I was turning pro.
"I'm over the moon with what I've done in the game, I will keep playing and keep competing which is great.
"I'm quite a lot older, I've given him eight years today, so I'm pleased to be competing as one of the older brigade."
Two years ago O’Sullivan began working with the famed Dr Steve Peters, the man behind Team GB's cycling team’s extraordinary success at the last two Olympics.
And since beginning his relationship with the sports psychiatrist, the Rocket has won back-to-back world titles and he is not finished there, he hopes.
"Three (world titles) in a row would be fantastic, one was great, two on the bounce as well but three would be great," he added.
"I want to win a world title in my 40s, that is something to look for.
"I set myself a goal when I started working with Steve (Peters), I would like to win a world title when I'm 40.
"A 40-year-old winning it would be great, like Tom Watson nearly winning the Open."
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