Ronnie O’Sullivan is shocked that Luca Brecel is languishing at 40 in the world rankings.
Brecel, a tournament winner at the China Championship in 2017, has found form at the UK Championship in York this week, and powered into the final with victory over Kyren Wilson.
The 6-4 scoreline does not reflect the dominance, as Brecel knocked in four centuries in the match.
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It was a performance Jimmy White compared to something O’Sullivan and Judd Trump are capable of producing - and the former has had Brecel on his radar for a few days.
“Against a top-five player in the semi-finals of the UK Championship, this is not some Mickey Mouse tournament, this is the creme de la creme - this is our major,” O’Sullivan said in the Eurosport studio. “It was a fantastic performance.
"I watched him play earlier in the week and I said he could be the winner. You can just tell, sometimes. You get a feeling.
“His talent is so good he deserves to be winning tournaments. How he is 40 in the world, I have no idea. They must have got the rankings wrong.”
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