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Ronnie O’Sullivan: “The Mozart of snooker”

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Snooker legend Steve Davis has hailed five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan as “the Mozart of snooker”, and admitted he couldn’t give the Rocket any advice.

Davis has six world titles to O’Sullivan’s five, and in an interview with The Big Issue he praised the 39-year-old’s brilliant, turbulent career.

O’Sullivan’s difficult relationship with the game has been well documented, and Davis mentioned his “love-hate thing with snooker”. O'Sullivan himself has admitted his interest in snooker waxes and wanes, and at times during his career fans have had to watch tournaments at which the Rocket has been far from his best, or simply not present at all.

Snooker fans are eagerly awaiting November’s UK Snooker Championship, and will be speculating about O'Sullivan's form and mental state as they keep themselves busy in the run up to the tournament. During that time, the football season will of course kick off, and online casino games also provide a popular pastime amongst snooker fans. You can see for yourself why so many snooker fans enjoy casino games between major events.

But once the snooker rolls back around, all eyes will be on O'Sullivan. Here, we take a look back at three of the moments that have led Davis and others to hail Ronnie as the king of snooker.

Ronnie O’Sullivan | by theglobalpanorama

Maximum in the deciding frame, vs Mark Selby, 2007

In the 17th frame of the UK Championship semi-final against Mark Selby, O’Sullivan sat with his head down, staring at something while Selby made a mistake following O’Sullivan’s break.

He stood up to the table and, with the match tied at eight frames each, set about one of the most devastating 147 breaks in snooker history. He simmered with poise and finesse as he stalked the table in trademark style.

O’Sullivan later said: “I had been counting the dots on a spoon to keep focused.”

36 incredible pots, vs Stuart Bingham, 2013

In a season when he had only played one competitive match, O’Sullivan went to the World Snooker Championship with seemingly little hope of defending the title he had won a year earlier.

But after dispatching Marcus Campbell and Ali Carter, he tore Stuart Bingham apart 13-4 in the quarter-finals with such style that everyone watching knew it would once again be Ronnie’s year.

The king of speed, vs Mick Price, 1997

The effortless style with which O’Sullivan racked up a 147 break against Mick Price in the 1997 World Championship at The Crucible set the tone for the rest of his career.

That it still stands as the fastest maximum in snooker history is secondary to the fact that it marked O’Sullivan out as a truly unique player. He was somehow at his best when playing at a furious pace, locked in his own thoughts, producing the kind of snooker that would see him go down in history as a true legend of the game.

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