Rocket plays down favourites tag

Ronnie O’Sullivan does not feel he should be made favourite to win the Snooker World Championship due to the pressure of playing at the Crucible (O’Sullivan 8/11 Outright Winner In-Play).

The 38-year-old sneaked into the quarter-finals with a narrow 13-11 victory over Joe Perry and will now face either Shaun Murphy or Marco Fu in the last eight (Murphy 18/1 Tournament Outright).

He claimed his fifth title in Sheffield 12 months ago in what was his only appearance of the season and, having enjoyed a successful but truncated campaign this time around, was tipped to run away with the prestigious tournament.

But the ‘Rocket’ has taken issue with being made an odds-on favourite to win his third straight world title.

“The bookies work it out however they work it out but I have never felt like a favourite coming in to this tournament,” he said. “I don’t feel like an odds-on favourite.”

Perry pushed O’Sullivan all the way in their last-16 encounter and a shock result seemed on the cards when the ‘Fen Potter’ joined his opponent in being two frames from victory.

And the ‘Essex Exocet’ admits that the emphatic way in which he ended the contest last time out has given him a shot in the arm for the rest of the event.

“Of course to be locked at 11-11 and come out and make two centuries to win the match, that does give you a lot of confidence that you have it in the locker,” he added.

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