Ronnie O’Sullivan gives advice to John Higgins after Masters classic

Ronnie O’Sullivan was beaten by John Higgins in their Masters quater-final clash (Picture: Eurosport)

John Higgins can claim an unlikely Masters title if he maintains the hunger he displayed in his quarter final victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan, according to the current world champion himself.

Higgins rolled back the years to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in a high-quality quarter-final at the Masters on Friday. The Scot triumphed 6-3 in the 70th meeting between the two long-standing rivals, which featured five centuries.

O’Sullivan opened up with a 97, but Higgins levelled before producing the highest break of the tournament with a clearance of 145 and it proved the catalyst for a succession of outstanding breaks.

He followed it up with 110 before O’Sullivan replied with runs of 125 and 103 to draw level at 3-3. But Higgins, a two-time Masters champion, was not to be denied this time and breaks of 134 and 88 put him in control and he closed out the match to set up a semi-final showdown with David Gilbert.

Ahead of his upcoming match against Gilbert, O’Sullivan offered Higgins some sage advice, saying: ;The thing is with John, he’s going to have to play like that for the next two matches because some of these guys now, a slight dip in form, they’re really hungry.

‘He’s got to maintain that if he wants to go on and win it. I’d love to see him go on and win it because all time great and he’s far too good a player not to be winning tournaments. For snooker and for John everyone would be happy to see him win it, I think.’

Higgins, meanwhile, revealed a slight tweak to his technique was beginning to reap rewards and could stand him in good stead ahead of his semi-final clash.

‘I’m trying something different with my technique, I’m trying to get closer to the white ball with my bridge hand and my tip and it seems to be paying off,’ he said.

‘I’m over the moon. I’ve been coming in after a few matches, but I want to do it against the top, top players. You can win other matches but you judge yourself against the best and obivously Ronnie’s one of the best, so I’m delighted.’

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