O'Sullivan plays down 'greatest' tag

11 December 2017 19:58:58 GMTPlus10

Ronnie O'Sullivan played down being labelled one of snooker's "greatest" players despite claiming his sixth UK Championship title on Sunday evening.

The 42-year-old moved level with Steve Davis' record tally of UK titles and also joins Stephen Hendry on 18 combined wins in the UK and World Championships, and Masters - known as the 'Triple Crown' - courtesy of his 10-5 win against Shaun Murphy in York.

It is the third ranking title win of the season for O'Sullivan and he sits just five short of the 36 won by Hendry during his career.

I could never say: 'I am the greatest.' That is not in my personality. I am just pleased I put in some great performances over the years.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Davis, who is now a pundit for the BBC, was delighted for O'Sullivan and said: "On his day, he is not just the most mercurial and most amazing talent we have ever seen, he is also one of the greatest winning machines we have had."

But 'The Rocket', who will look to add more silverware to his tally when he tries to defend his Masters crown in January, played down the praise.

The five-time world champion told BBC Sport: "The milestones I have reached are all good, and six UKs and 18 majors is testament to how long I have been in the sport and persevered at it. They are great records to have.

"I could never say: 'I am the greatest.' That is not in my personality. I am just pleased I put in some great performances over the years.

"I would say there have been 10 or 12 tournaments where I have played unbelievably well and been more proud of the way I played. That is something that will stick with me more than records."

O'Sullivan is 1212/1 to win the Masters, while is priced at 6/4 to win the World Championship in 2018.

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