Masters Snooker 2018: The Rocket Destroys Marco Fu
Ronnie O'Sullivan once again made snooker look super easy yesterday as he made very short work of Marco Fu at the first round of the The Dafabet Masters in London.
The Rocket dispatched the Hong Kong native in just 80 minutes to set up a quarter final with Mark Allen.
Three centuries in the first four frames put O'Sullivan in a commanding position. In fact in those four frames Fu managed just 5 points.
In the match in total O'Sullivan made breaks of 120, 121, 112 and then four further breaks over 50 in what was an extremely one-sided affair.
Fu, who didn't really get a chance made a total of 35 points in the entire match and 13 of those were fouls from The Rocket.
Back in December O'Sullivan made it to 18 triple crown victories with a UK Championship triumph to take him level with Stephen Hendry. A win at Alexandra Palace would in terms of that statistic make him the greatest ever player.
At 42 most players start to see a bit of decline but not O'Sullivan who seems to be playing the best snooker of his career.
Wilson Through to Quarter-Finals
Kyren Wilson won the days other match with a 6-4 win over Barry Hawkins.
In what was, on paper at least, always going to be an even match. A high standard of snooker was on show though as Hawkins opened with a break of 131. The second frame went the way of Wilson with a break of 56 enough to level the match.
Hawkins then went in front again in frame 3 with another lovely break of 120 before a more scrappy frame four went the way of Kettering's Wilson - to once again level the match.
Frame five after the interval was the turn of Kyren Wilson to compile the big break and a visit of 109 was enough to put him in front for the first time.
It was becoming a real nip-and-tuck match and frame six saw former World finalist Hawkins win another scrappy encounter to level the match at 3-3.
Wilson then made 112 in frame seven to edge him in front again before seeing Hawkins once again level the tie with a one visit break of 85.
At this stage it looked like the match might well be going all the way.
The Warrior had other ideas though and in two frames that were a bit more tactical the 26-year-old prevailed to win his first ever match at the Masters.
The win sets up a quarter-final clash with Mark Williams
Today's First Round Matches
Afternoon session: Shaun Murphy v Ali Carter
Evening session: John Higgins v Anthony McGill