WORLD No.1 Judd Trump reckons main Crucible rival Ronnie O’Sullivan is still improving – and can play until he is 60.
The Rocket walks out at the iconic Sheffield theatre this morning to face debutant Mark Joyce as the defending and six-time world champion.
World No.2 O’Sullivan, 45, can equal Stephen Hendry’s record of seven titles with another success this year.
The Juddernaut, 31, has never been frightened of O’Sullivan and has won five of their last six meetings, including four finals. And 2019 champion Trump is the tournament favourite having won a record six ranking events last season and another five this term.
But his respect for O’Sullivan is even stronger now than it was as a teenager plotting a career in the sport.
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