Ronnie O'Sullivan clinches Alexandra Palace Masters title

Haringey Independent: Ronnie O'Sullivan won the Masters at Alexandra Palace: Action Images Ronnie O'Sullivan won the Masters at Alexandra Palace: Action Images

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 Alexandra Palace, seeing off Mark Selby 10-4 in a match that started 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, was powerless to fight back against the onslaught at Ally Pally.

“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.

O’Sullivan said: “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, 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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