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Ronnie O’Sullivan says he will have to raise his game to have a chance of beating Judd Trump in the Champion of Champions final, believing his opponent is the form man at the event.
Trump has looked impressive in beating Luca Brecel, Mark Allen and Mark Selby on his way to the final, seemingly finding his best form after a slow start to the season.
The Rocket has looked good as well, having to play well to beat Rob Milkins in his opening contest, then breezing past Zhao Xintong and Fan Zhengyi with neither Chinese star producing their best.
Despite dropping just five frames in three matches, O’Sullivan does not think he has played the snooker that will compete with Trump in a rematch of their World Championship final in May,
‘It’s great for everyone who loves their snooker. Hopefully, I can play a little bit better than I have done,’ the world champion told ITV.
‘To give Judd a game, I will have to, because he looks like he’s playing the best snooker this week. He looks to be in good form. I will have to raise my game to have a chance of winning.’
O’Sullivan has been in a low-key mood all week and was quite downbeat after his comfortable win over Fan on Saturday night.
‘I don’t know if I was good or he was not very good. Made me look good, is probably a fairer assessment of it,’ he said.
‘I don’t know about enjoyed it, I’m just out there doing a job, trying my best, that’s all I can do really.’
The Rocket has a tremendous record in the Champion of Champions since it returned to the calendar in 2013, with this being his sixth appearance in the final as he bids for a fourth title.
He has done better than anyone other in this event, but he sees it as a standard return for him.
‘It’s normal really, it’s a normal return,’ he said. ‘I’ve won pretty much every tournament quite a few times, made finals, 13 Masters finals, that’s not a bad return.
‘We could sit here and talk about this all day long, it don’t interest me anymore, I’m just here to do a job, do what I’ve got to do. I’m just looking forward to getting home and seeing the dogs, to be honest with you.’
Trump is looking to defend his title and become only the second player after O’Sullivan to win the Champion of Champions in successive years.
The final is played over two sessions at 1pm and 7pm on Sunday 6 November.
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