Selby ready for Rocket showdown

Mark Selby (15/8 Masters outright) is expecting a tough match when the defending Masters champion attempts to retain his crown against in-form Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The world number two eased into the final stage of the tournament with a 6-1 win over Shaun Murphy on Saturday at Alexandra Palace, setting up a showdown with The Rocket who comfortably defeated Stephen Maguire 6-2.

The match will be a repeat of the 2009 and 2010 final, with O’Sullivan 2/5 to claim his fifth Masters title, and Selby has admitted that it will be a very tough encounter.

“Just lately I have not been taking my chances and not been as clinical as I have in the past,” he said.

“That was probably because I had doubts and I was listening to too many people, but I have stuck with what I do.”

O’Sullivan has been in brilliant form in the tournament so far, producing a number of fantastic displays, but the former world number one has admitted that the clash with Selby will not be easy.

“He is a tough competitor – he’s made of metal, but you have to find a way of breaking through and staying focused,” he said.

“It’s a bit like playing Andy Murray because you know you’re going to have to play a lot of shots to get in sometimes, and it’s about having that patience and mindset,” O’Sullivan added.

“You have to beat all sorts of players and Mark is going to make it very difficult for me.”

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