Ronnie O’Sullivan has admitted he did not expect to be victorious at the Crucible this year.
Though the Rocket was wrong as he beat Kyren Wilson in the final to lift his sixth World Snooker Championship crown.
O’Sullivan beat Wilson 18-8 by winning eight frames in a row for his first world title since 2013.
Though the 44-year-old admitted he did not expect to be victorious in Sheffield with a tricky build-up to the competition and the length of matches.
Speaking to BBC Sport, O’Sullivan said: “I never really think about titles. When I was a kid I never really dreamed I would be here. To be here and have had all those victories is a dream that has become a reality.
“There was part of me that decided I didn’t play enough to justify winning a tournament of this stature which is an endurance test.
“I am not really an endurance type player because I don’t compete enough.
“Believe it or not I don’t even have a practice facility so a friend installed a couple of tables for me to come here feeling comfortable with my tools.
“I had half a chance but didn’t expect to win it. Any world title you win has to be up there. It’s great to be able to win over 17 days here.
“You have to be solid in all departments. I didn’t feel I had at time but I must have because these guys on tour are too good to give it to you.”
O’Sullivan had been heavily-criticised earlier this week following comments where he slammed the younger generation.
Though he praised those coming through following his victory: “These guys are too good on tour to give it to you.
“I just want to say for Kyren, he is a top player who is improving all the time. He fell off the tour but he was always going to get back on.
“When you have that desire, hunger and belief in your ability you might have to work in a bar for a bit, you might have to do bits and pieces but deep down that fire is burning bright and you will get there in the end.
“He will win this tournament one day. He is a country mile better than anyone else around his age.”
While Wilson acknowledged that he was playing one of the best players of all time.
The runner-up said: “I am 28-years-old. I am not going to beat myself up too much I am playing the greatest of all time. It was a dream come true knowing I was playing Ronnie in the final.
“You can’t respect him too much or he’ll walk right over me, which is what happened today. I have the two most important people to me sat right here.
“I am a fighter, I always will be. I really struggled in the first session and I just relaxed and let the shackles off. I’m just annoyed they would not let me play the whole match last night.”
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