Judd Trump believes solely two gamers in world snooker can beat him at his finest, writes Will Jennings.
The world No.1 waltzed into the English Open closing on Saturday evening after toppling four-time king of the Crucible John Higgins 6-Four in Milton Keynes.
And there he’ll meet world No.Three Neil Robertson, who edged previous three-time world champion Mark Selby in a 6-5 thriller earlier within the day.
Robertson received the 2010 World Championship and boasts 18 rating occasion titles – however Trump reckons solely two trendy greats can decrease his colors when he hits high kind.
“In my eyes, there are two individuals that would beat me at my finest,” the 2019 world champion stated.
“And that’s Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins.
“I like John however I hope he doesn’t play any higher than that! I truthfully suppose so – I’ve performed them each, I’ve performed John and performed wonderful earlier than and nonetheless misplaced in deciders.
“I’ve performed Ronnie and performed nicely and misplaced, and in opposition to all the opposite gamers I usually win comfortably. These two for me, at their finest, are leagues above anybody else on this planet.
“John’s discovering kind once more and at occasions he was trying again to his finest there and I used to be fearing the worst.
“There’s not a lot you are able to do when John performs at his finest, and you may play your finest and nonetheless lose.
“John’s so good underneath stress that something can occur – he’s a harmful, harmful participant.
“It was a troublesome recreation however I’m very happy to be via to a different closing – it’s an excellent begin on the season for me with a semis and now one other closing.”
Trump, who was shocked by world No.36 Martin Gould within the final 4 on the European Masters, was outscored by Higgins on the Marshall Enviornment however confirmed his class to battle over the road.
Each gamers exchanged early fifty-plus breaks earlier than a century every both facet of the mid-session interval handed Higgins a Three-2 lead.
17-time rating occasion winner Trump hit again within the sixth body, just for Higgins to strike an imposing effort of 107 to regain the benefit.
The Scot missed a golden alternative to make it 5-Three, nevertheless, as Trump capitalised in two scrappier frames to position him on the cusp of a 27th rating occasion closing.
And he received over the road in type as he held his nerve to strike a gutsy 73 and e book a date with the Thunder from Down Underneath.
Trump, 31, admits he was ‘outplayed’ by Higgins however is aware of if he turns up on Sunday, a 3rd Dwelling Nations title is there for the taking.
“I felt like I received outplayed actually – his lengthy potting had me in huge hassle and I used to be nicking all of the scrappy frames and hanging on in there,” he added.
“If I can play my finest, and my finest could be one thing like after I performed John within the World closing, if I can play like that I’m positive I’ll get the end result.
“However you possibly can’t at all times play your finest and for me it’s about that back-up recreation, and hopefully my B-game and C-game, like Mark Selby’s completed for the previous 5 or ten years, is now ok to compete with different gamers at their finest.”