Mark Allen told Ali Carter that he’s been the best player all week after the Captain downed the Pistol to book his spot in Sunday’s Masters final.
Carter picked up an impressive 6-3 win on Saturday night, which saw him become the first player in Masters history to knock in three centuries in three frames.
That victory extended the Englishman’s superb run at Alexandra Palace this year, which has seen him down Mark Williams in the opening round and then Judd Trump in the quarter-finals.
He has gone into all three matches as the underdog, and will do so again in the final against Ronnie O’Sullivan, but Allen says all Carter needs to do is keep up his level of performance and he will be lifting the trophy on Sunday night.
The Pistol admits that it is no guarantee that Carter will do that, though, with the incredible challenge of taking down the Rocket ahead of him.
‘You can never write off Ronnie, I know he hasn’t played his best this week. He played pretty well against Shaun [Murphy], from what I’ve read,’ Allen told Eurosport after semi-final defeat.
‘Like I said to Ali at the end, he’s been the best player this week. He’s scored heavy, if he plays the way he’s been playing this week he’ll win. Will he though? That’s the big question.’
Allen was certainly not surprised to see Carter perform so well against him, saying before their clash: ‘He’s a good all-round player.Great long-potter, good scorer and he’s shown very recently that he’s very good under pressure too. An all-round good player.’
The 44-year-old is now tasked with repeating his impressive display against O’Sullivan, a man he has just one career win against in a long-format match.
Even O’Sullivan has been impressed with Carter this week, though, saying he hasn’t watched a great deal of snooker in recent days, but did like what he saw from the Captain in his quarter-final victory over Trump.
‘I don’t really assess anyine at all, I don’t look at their games, I don’t really follow it, to be honest,’ O’Sullivan said before changing his tune.
‘I thought Carter played well, I did actually watch quite a lot of that match, I thought Carter played really well, fantastic snooker.’
The best-of-19 final at Alexandra Palace is played over two sessions at 1pm and 7pm on Sunday 14 January.
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