Ronnie O’Sullivan has been ‘pretty awful’ during winning run, says Neil Robertson

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won three tournaments on the spin in recent weeks (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan may have won the UK Championship, Masters and World Grand Prix in recent weeks, but Neil Robertson feels he has done so despite being ‘pretty awful’ at times.

The Rocket has been on an incredible run of results, lifting the trophies in York, north London and Leicester, downing Ding Junhui, Ali Carter and Judd Trump in the three finals.

There have been spells of brilliance from the world number one, but it is certainly fair to say that he hasn’t been at his best throughout all three of those tournaments.

Zhou Yuelong and Robert Milkins notably had good chances to beat O’Sullivan at the UK, while Carter and Trump took significant leads on him in the finals of the Masters and Grand Prix.

Robertson reckons the Rocket has been ‘pretty awful’ at times, but has built up such an aura that players find it incredibly difficult to play their best game against him.

‘You can get very comfortable and complacent when you’re just cruising into the last 16, quarter-finals,’ Robertson told WST.

‘We’ve probably seen that with Ronnie recently, let’s have it right he’s played pretty awful, but he’s been able to keep winning because people are missing blacks off the spot, pinks off the spot.

‘He’s gained that reputation of being unbeatable this season even though he’s played awful.

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Neil Robertson feels players are faltering against the Rocket (Picture: Getty Images)

Robertson has been struggling for results himself this season, and feels that he has lost the commanding feeling of dominance that he once held and O’Sullivan now possesses.

‘He’s even talked about it himself, he’s almost laughing about it, people just can’t put him away,’ Robertson said of O’Sullivan.

‘That has gone from me now, where people are putting me away if I’m not playing well, so I just have to play well.

‘I’m not focussed on if my opponents are playing the match of their life. If they’re playing the match of their life then I’ve done something wrong. I’m just really focussed about getting the best out of my performances.’

O’Sullivan is not playing in the German Masters this week as he withdrew from the event, but Robertson is involved in Berlin and into the third round, where he will meet either Joe Perry or Xing Zihao.

The Rocket has won his last 15 matches and is likely to play his next game at the Players Championship next month.


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