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Ronnie O’Sullivan on how Luca Brecel is thrashing Mark Selby in World Snooker Championship remaining

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Ronnie O’Sullivan believes Luca Brecel is taking part in the correct option to beat Mark Selby on the World Championship remaining and thinks protecting an excellent rhythm will probably be key for the Belgian.

Brecel led Selby 6-2 after the primary session and clearly didn’t need to get drawn into his opponent’s slower security recreation.
He’s taking part in in his maiden Crucible remaining after making historical past by changing into the primary participant to win a match from 9 frames behind on his option to beautiful Si Jiiahui within the semi-finals.

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“He’s such an excellent cueist,” stated O’Sullivan within the Eurosport studio. “Quite a lot of the photographs he’s performed at present, me and Alan haven’t even seen them till he’s performed them.

“He has a spread which we don’t recognise. You’ll be able to’t predict what he’s going to do as a result of he can get a lot work on that cue ball that he has totally different prospects to him on the snooker desk.

“He hits very excessive up on the white so is getting a special stroke on the ball to everybody else on the circuit.”

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Brecel performed the Sunday afternoon session with a mean shot time of 20 seconds, the identical as his semi-final in opposition to Si. In distinction, Selby was 4 seconds sooner than his match with Mark Allen.

O’Sullivan’s rationalization about protecting an excellent tempo comes from expertise, after he misplaced the 2014 World Championship remaining to Selby when 10-5 up, however acquired payback six years later within the semi-final by profitable the final three frames to beat The Jester from Leicester on a decider.

“A sluggish participant could make you decelerate however Luca hasn’t allowed that,” stated The Rocket. “What’s occurred is Luca is taking part in his recreation and it’s made Selby rush up a bit.

“He’s pondering, ‘I’m again to the desk earlier than I usually am’. It’s bamboozled him. So it may possibly work each methods.

“You’ll be able to’t cease your opponent taking part in sluggish, so Mark Allen acquired sucked into Selby’s rhythm and misplaced his personal rhythm.

“Luca is ‘see ball, pot ball, see ball, pot ball’. If he comes out within the second or third session and ‘sees the ball, seems round, walks round’ then he’ll begin to miss balls.

“If he can cease himself from doing that, he can keep in an excellent place. Whether or not he’s profitable or shedding, keep in an excellent place – be completely happy together with his tempo.

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“So long as you’re completely happy along with your rhythm, he can go bang. What take Selby’s two hours to do, it would take him 40 minutes.

“You’ve simply acquired to concentrate on it and I don’t assume lots of people are conscious of that aspect of the sport.”

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