O’Sullivan confident in sixth title

Ronnie O’Sullivan admits he feels ‘comfortable’ and wants to maintain his momentum as he bids to win a sixth world title by beating Mark Selby in the World Championship final at The Crucible (O’Sullivan 1/3, Selby 12/5 – Match Betting).

O’Sullivan faces world number three Selby in the best-of-35 frame decider having won all five of his previous finals.

He booked his place in the final with a comfortable 17-7 win over 2013 finalist Barry Hawkins with a session to spare, while Selby edged a 12-hour semi-final against Neil Robertson 17-15 (First 4 frames: Tie 6/4, O’Sullivan 6/5, Selby 3/1).

O’Sullivan (4/6 to win first frame) has looked in control throughout the World Championship, his toughest match coming in round two against Joe Perry who he beat 13-11.

The 38-year-old now wants to maintain his form going into the final, which begins on Sunday at 14:00 BST, as he looks to win a third-straight world title.

“I’ve still got one more match to play so I can’t afford to get all excited,” O’Sullivan told BBC Sport.

“You build momentum with each match you get through and each match I’ve felt more comfortable but every match is different.

“Trying to predict what might happen is pointless so I have to go out and start again. It’s another match, another day and I want to enjoy what is a great occasion.”

Should he win, the 38-year-old will match Steve Davis and Ray Reardon’s total of six world titles would be one shy of Stephen Hendry’s record in the modern era.

“I would be lying if I said if I didn’t think about reaching six and then seven and breaking Hendry’s record,” admitted O’Sullivan.

“But it wasn’t a goal I set myself – sometimes I think it is a long way to go and it doesn’t sit well with my mental preparations. If it happens, great, if not, I’ve got five already.”

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