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Hello and welcome to Snooker Extra
extended highlights of Day three of
the Dafabet Masters on a day many
fans have been waiting for. Ronnie
O'Sullivan, playing at
fans have been waiting for. Ronnie
O'Sullivan, playing at one of his
favourite venues, Alexandra Palace
taking on Marco Fu. Runner-up at the
Masters in 2011. Commentary from
John Parrott and Dennis Taylor.
It is some record, John seven
I was on the end of a defeat
by Ronnie in 1995. I have that table
in my house. I had him in the first
round and I let him go and he went
on to win the tournament. Since
then, his record has been
phenomenal. Good event for him, he
doesn't live far away. Play their
matches, go home and sleep in his
own bed. Not a good start from
Marco, far too thick with his
He can't be leaving the cue
ball in that position. Can he get
off to a good start, Ronnie
O'Sullivan? Brown is a bit of a
distraction for him.
That was a much better piece of
cueing than it looked. Bit of excess
top spin, bend the angle.
It is Ronnie's first frame on the
table. It is playing very quick,
that is how the players like it. We
have had something like ten
centuries in the first two days.
It is very intimidating to play
against. It really is. Playing him
in his own backyard, hitting the
ball as well as he does. He starts
like a rocket. He has played one
poor shot, Marco and now this is
looking like a great opportunity.
There is no respite when you are
It's not a good chance just yet,
there are a couple of reds available
Straightaway he has left himself an
angle on this thread to be able to
develop a few more. -- red. Just a
little nudge. That's all it took and
it developed two reds. Now there are
three or four reds available to him.
As you can see, 69 points would get
him over the winning line in this
The players would
have been a little nervous, but
nothing settles you like hitting the
ball like this in the first frame.
The referee is restarting the pink.
He has been refereeing 25 years,
Yes, and he still here, Dennis
because he is very good. Excellent
Not totally ideal, the bunch, the
two reds at the top of the pack are
a little bit tricky.
He has got to
be careful there isn't a plant when
he cannons into the reds. I don't
think there is, so he should be OK.
He can hit it with a bit of pace.
He has got one red, but he was
unlucky. He couldn't have hit that
He had to play it at
that pace because the two reds were
on an angle.
on an angle. Good cueing required.
When you watched that type of shots,
the cue is so close to the red you
are bridging over.
What a start this is. Stephen
Hendrie and Steve Davis, they knew
how to start a matches. This fella
isn't bad. First visit to the table.
Could be a century.
Could be a century.
The frame is
safe, just needs to concentrate on
clearing the remaining balls. 139 is
the highest break so far this year.
Liang Wenbo made that against Judd
The frame hasn't even been going
eight minutes and it's almost
He has made 920 centuries in his
You can't start a much
better than this. And there was an
inevitability about it. There is the
century. I hope you enjoyed your one
shot in this frame, Marco because
the second frame is coming up in a
Cannot do anything about
this. 47th century this season. He
made 50 last year. Last season, I
£10,000 for the highest break in
this year's Dafabet Masters. Nothing
for a maximum break.
for a maximum break. What a start
from the Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Poor safety shot from Marco Fu and
he sat down for the rest of the
frame. Ronnie O'Sullivan, 1-0.
That is where he has got to keep
that cue ball, as close to the
question as possible. Just a few
latecomers arriving, just caught
Ronnie's I line.
Might be a slightly different frame
now the black has gone close to the
question. Which Marco won't mind,
give him a chance to settle down.
He's going to come up short again
with this safety.
with this safety. But not a great
deal of value in the one to the
right corner because he will beat
cannon in into another read. So just
This is the first possible chance
for Marco Fu. The pink is awkward.
The black isn't very well placed.
He will have two screw this back.
Sometimes he lacks that little bit
of cue power. He has to force them.
He is not as good as when he is in
amongst them and stroking the ball
Played more forcefully than he
needed. Thought he would have put
more screw back on that. But he is
under the cosh at the minute.
under the cosh at the minute. The
black does pot. Ominous.
That is a big bonus is the black
being available into the left
corner. It is now available into
both corners. All of the sudden, he
is right back in amongst them.
Just looking to see if the pink is
available. Think it is. That tells
you it definitely is. If it doesn't
spot and it goes on to the blue,
that will be handy. The back red of
When he first came to the table, I
thought it wasn't too bad. But the
fact that black potted and a couple
of shots later, he has manoeuvred
them and this is turning into
another brilliant chance. His cue
ball control is exemplary. He is
absolutely on fire at the minute.
Let that one slip away. First
mistake from Ronnie. Only a couple
of pots away from securing the
second frame and he just overhit
that slightly. Just plan to drop it
in dead weight and leave the one for
the right corner. Now it is slightly
more difficult, hampered a little
bit as well. Safely in.
bit as well. Safely in. That was
awkward cueing. He'd thought about
If that bounces, he is on the red he
played for previously.
played for previously. He just
doesn't look like missing at the
Two mistakes from Marco Fu and it is
2-0 to Ronnie O'Sullivan, in no time
This used to be a tough game, John,
He is just the best
player at the peak of his powers at
the minute. Everything is just so
easy. OK, he lost position slightly
when he had to take the red in the
middle pocket but there was an
inevitability he would get back up
to the top of the table after he had
potted the yellow. He cannot hit it
any better than this.
any better than this. You should all
go and buy yourself a cue and have a
go at it and see how hard it is.
When he came to the table you
couldn't see any more than maybe 30
or 40 of a break. This is some
effort. Unbelievable. Two centuries
to start his match.
to start his match. And that is in
He needs to miss the brown. What a
shot that is.
If he does clear up, he will equal
Liang Wenbo's high break, 139. I
think it will go into the 140 is,
the way these players are playing.
He won't be too concerned.
He won't be too concerned. 121 in
the second frame. You are watching a
genius, the Rocket.
Ronnie reckons he was playing better
when he was 17, but how can he do
better than what he's doing the
moment? I remember Peter Ebdon
saying to me after a few years
Ronnie had been around, he said you
haven't seen the real Ronnie
O'Sullivan. He said, he can play
better than that.
better than that.
What is so
impressive is his longevity in the
game. People going into their 40s,
reckon they couldn't win tournaments
any more. Ronnie has blown that out
of the water and seems to be playing
better than ever. He has great
enthusiasm for the sport. He
practices hard, he loves it.
that many years ago people were
saying it is a young man's game.
They were all winning in their 20s,
but a few players have proved that
wrong. Stuart Bingham lifted the
world title when he was 39.
No real attempt at the pot from
Marco. Just wanted the cue ball
back-up in the baulk area.
back-up in the baulk area. He needs
to get a foothold in the match, if
it is possible.
it is possible. I thought the match
last year in the semifinal was one
of the best I have ever seen. Marco
played unbelievable. If you remember
Ronnie changed his tip in the middle
of that match and still came back
out to win. That was one heck of a
batch last year. -- match.
It was awkward. Very difficult to
find the gap back down the table.
That black was always in an awkward
If he finishes nicely on the blue he
will probably play for the red that
is near the black spot. If he can
get the red away from the black spot
area, it will help.
That is the one he has played for.
If he goes back up the table and
gets on the black, it will be in the
clear when it is put back on its
spot. He is removing this red here.
May have gone a bit too far. Played
for the black. Slight change of
He has got a bit of an angle. Still
needs a good shot to get onto the
blue or the black here.
The pink is awkward to pop the black
and split into the pink and red is,
because it is away from the bunch.
That is why he has played for this
one along the cushion.
This is no
gimme, this red. Very tricky.
gimme, this red. Very tricky. To us
This is not a good
pack to go into, but he plays it so
well, this type of shot.
we might as well go home now because
this is crazy.
Already, this is looking like it
could be frame three gone.
could be frame three gone. He is
playing some phenomenal stuff.
playing some phenomenal stuff. He
has 98% pot success. Steve was
mentioning when he beat Ricky Walden
6-0. Ricky Walden had a 97% success
rate, but he had only potted three
What goes in this corner? It
looks pretty tight. There is a gap
there. When you are playing really
well, that is the sort of thing that
presents itself to you.
Wonderful touch. Wonderful touch.
Powered it in.
Powered it in. Has left himself two
reds. Obviously thinks he can pot
this and flick another read out. He
went through the gap.
went through the gap. Got a little
flick on the pink he probably could
have done without.
have done without. Still wouldn't
expect him to miss this pink, the
way he has been playing.
Is just the
position at the side of it. It is
Has it gone far enough or is the
pink going to block his path? It has
come up a little bit short.
come up a little bit short. He will
not win this third frame with one
visit. I don't think anybody has
ever started the Masters with three
century breaks. Have you got your
record books with you?
There is so much pressure on Marco.
That was an excellent reply.
Ronnie also tapped the table in
His cueing is just wonderful.
really is in the group. Look at
There are four frames to be played
before the mid-session interval.
Marco has not had much of a chance.
You could not say his last shot was
a bad shot, it was an excellent
Just over half an hour and it is
He has not potted a ball yet, Marco.
That was five penalty points he had
How are you playing? I have
not had a shot yet.
This brown will make it 100 ball
Even that stunned run looked easy
and it is such a tough shot to play.
He started the third frame at the
break with 50. It is 3-0 to Ronnie
Marco Fu has a great temperament,
but is he going to get any chances?
He needs this frame before the
That is a pretty good cue ball
tapped on the table again. But he
tapped the cue ball in the previous
game and Ronnie cleared up.
He is one of the best tactical
players in the game as well. Not
only does he cleared the table with
one visit, when needed he is as good
as safety player as there has ever
Not often you see 98% especially
after three frames played. He has
not missed a long pot.
Not that there has been much safety
It goes without saying that this is
a massive frame for Marco. If he
could just scramble a frame and the
3-1 behind at the interval. I know I
am asking a lot. He has to try and
find it from somewhere. That was a
I mentioned at the start of the show
that you have to go back to 2015
with Ronnie when he lost a match. Do
you remember who it was too? I will
give you a clue, it was on a
If it was a
Saturday afternoon, it would be a
Correct. I probably
commentated on the match. Was it an
Australian? 6-1 to Neil Robertson
and every time he has played in it
since then he has defeated everyone
he has looked at. It is on record.
It is a brilliant auditorium. It is
absolutely packed to the rafters on
a Tuesday afternoon. Wonderful.
Look at the way the balls are
scattered all over the table now.
Marco Fu is yet to pot a ball. When
he gets a chance, there will be a
few available. But will he get the
Tight on the cushion and it will be
awkward for Marco. And it is. He
cannot get any back spin to get back
onto the black from that angle.
was such a good shot.
was such a good shot. Absolutely
tied to the back cushion that cue
The only shot I can see is to come
off the side cushion near the yellow
pocket. But can he get their playing
off this red?
That is pretty good. Well played.
He is in the driving seat in this
exchange, Ronnie. Once he plays the
one on the right-hand side is
leaving the one near the yellow.
Ronnie has not got his man, but he
is certainly in the driving seat in
this exchange. Marco is looking at
the red on the right-hand side. That
is the one he wants to play off.
Thinking of playing the red in the
middle. Wow, 3-0 down, some pressure
on this one.
He overtook at it. That was so
difficult. The sort of pot that you
would knocking if you were leading
3-0. But not the sort of pot if you
have not had the ball.
Yes, just a little awkward this
chance. That red closest to the cue
ball, he has to be careful he does
not get an Buchanan. He has to be
careful with this one. He is not
entirely happy with the shot.
entirely happy with the shot. -- get
He knows he could run out
of position. In the end he found the
The blue may go up into the corner
and that will be a bonus. He is
awkward on the brown, he is having
to bridge over the red.
This is a little bit awkward.
He has not really had cue ball in
any part of this break yet. It has
been slightly off.
He is still at 16 seconds for his
average shot time. With the balls
all over the table you would think
he would take longer, but sometimes
you have to think a bit more than
the rates are near the black.
practice what is up at the top end
of the table. When they are spread
around like this it needs a bit more
Talking about record, John, I cannot
remember a player playing four
frames and not putting the ball in
the Masters. That is a possibility
at the moment.
He may have landed on the other red.
403 points and Marco has got five,
which he did not score himself. It
is tough to say the least.
is tough to say the least.
was any consolation for Marco Fu, it
could be he is going into the
mid-session interval and it is the
best of 11. So he will have a chat
with his coach Terry Griffiths and
Wayne who is over from Hong Kong and
probably head to the practice table
because he has not had any chance
He is just in the zone, totally
focused. As if the 2000 people in
the auditorium are not here and he
has just got one snooker table.
has just got one snooker table. It
was a big red for Marco to take on
in the middle pocket, fraught with
danger. This is a massive shot to
take on. When he missed it he just
had to sit and watch this.
Just the trick you read on the left
side of the table that might prevent
him from making his third century in
Do you want a bet? Honestly he is
just absolutely in the zone
It is not possible to play any
better than this. What a treat they
are getting this afternoon from a
He is up to 99% pot success
That also might be a record, to make
three centuries in four frames in
the Masters. Trying to use the jaw
of the pocket to get up onto the
pink. It does not matter if he does
not get this in.
not get this in.
We have watched a
genius at work here this afternoon.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has three
centuries. It is 4-0 to the Rocket.
This is absolutely outstanding from
Ronnie O'Sullivan. Today he was
simply unstoppable. Looking at his
results he has not won as much as
you would think.
My personal opinion
is that when Ronnie's safety game is
at its very best, he is the best
player in the world by far. The last
two World Championships he won he
was virtually unbeatable, as
unbeatable as I have ever seen any
player and the quality of his safety
has dropped a little bit and the
standard is so high now I think it
makes all the difference.
have played Ronnie he came to the
table in so much trouble most of the
time and you think, we know about
your scoring and we know how good
you are on the balls and you are
legal, the most centuries, so
creative, the artistry is fantastic,
but his defensive play when he
wanted to be is unbelievable.
last couple of years sometimes I
thought he turned down more shots
than other players. Perhaps he is to
When he is on his game he does
not have a weakness. If you are
being ultra-critical because he
plays everything with side,
sometimes his long game is not spot
on until he adjusts to the cloth and
the speed and everything. I have
noticed with Ronnie if it is a
brand-new cloth and a brand-new set
of balls, sometimes he can get it
wrong by a long way early on and
until he adjusts and when he adjusts
he goes into his genius mode and can
reel off a century. That would be a
weakness for me because he plays
everything with side.
Can you switch
motivation on and off like a tap? Or
do you have it all season?
not achieved the things he has
achieved it is difficult to say. But
at his level other things must
excite him than excite me in the
game of snooker. It must take a lot
of challenges to get him out of bed
in the morning. He might want to win
a match a certain way and if he
cannot win a match that way, he
might lose interest a bit until
another challenge raises its head
and he thinks, I have another chance
to do things in an exciting way
entity is reinvigorated. But when
you have achieved what he has
achieved to keep coming and to keep
trying is the mark of somebody very
A pretty amazing performance so far
from Ronnie O'Sullivan. Can he
finished Marco Fu of awkward Marco
Fu stage what would be a remarkable
Will the mid-session interval change
He did not play to get the white
there, he hit it a bit harder than
Touching ball which helps the
We saw Ronnie backstage with his
friends and he has had a new tip put
on and the first time he used was on
the practice table today which is
He will not be taking that
one off in a hurry!
This time it is not touching so
there is not a lot Marco can do
Just a little bit of a stalemate at
present. He will be able to get up
the table this time.
You are just wondering whether those
two read at the back of the pack are
close to the corner.
That is an excellent shot. Well
played, Marco. Very good.
You want to hit these good and thin.
That was a bit too thin.
Foul and a miss.
But much better to miss the red
together with the first attempt.
If you were to play the same shot
against and miss it, you would get a
That is about spot on. Anything thin
All the makings of being the longest
frame in the match so far with the
black tied up. Just going to little
bit awkward, this frame.
bit awkward, this frame. 15 seconds,
his average shot time, Ronnie.
Finding it difficult to find a path
back to the baulk area, Marco. It
does look a little awkward. There is
a cluster of five by the black and
he's going to play off those.
Doesn't want to go in-off,
obviously. He will settle for that.
He will get at terrific round of
applause because it will be his
first point he scored in this match,
believe it or not. How is he going
to get on a colour?
He knew he was going to get his
first pot, but he knew he couldn't
get onto a colour.
It always happens
when you are at the end of a barrage
when somebody is playing so well. He
just couldn't do it from that
That is OK. He will be pleased it
went into the pocket because if it
had wobbled in the jaws, he would
have let Marco in with a decent
chance. He can't cut this in. But he
has to be careful with the cue ball.
Going to be another point. Tough
green, doesn't want to force this
type of shot into get up to the
reds. Maybe he has to try and make
something happen. If you are rolling
this in, it will be OK. Very well
Still very awkward. Black tied up,
pink, awkward. He just needs to get
in amongst the balls to have a
chance to knock a sizeable
contribution in. Yellow and brown is
a decent target to try and get in
That is as good as he could have
done with the weight of the cue
ball. It wasn't a brilliant
situation for getting a good safety,
but the way he has played it, it
couldn't have been much better.
Look at this, a fly landed on his
head. He got down and played the
shot, as if it wasn't there. Do you
think he is trying hard?
He has got away with that. Played
that in such a way as to bring the
black back into play and was hoping
to get the white back down the
table. But left very awkward for
Miss hit it. When you
are on, you are on. Things go your
way. Balls all over the place, he
knows himself, Ronnie, he has had a
right results. Could have left
something really simple.
something really simple. Good shot.
Right Marco, this is the chance you
have been waiting for. Got to score
now, my man.
Not the best. Shouldn't have had the
cannon into the blue. Already making
it awkward for himself. Needed to
build up a rhythm, but the white
going into the blue has spoiled
That was such a thin shot he took
on. He would love to get the black
back on its spot.
It was one of
those poor positional shots, the one
before, that forced him into a shot
that might get him onto the black.
And that is what happened. Maybe it
is to acute. He went for the brand.
It is the shots when he has two
power them in, he lifts on the shot.
I didn't see him missing that. You
can see it lifting up. It is a trait
he has always had in his game. It
has never stopped him that much, but
that was disappointing.
Not an easy chance. It is the first
positional shot from the blue,
trying to land on a red, is not
That has worked out lovely. Now he
is on the pink.
is on the pink. If normal service is
resumed, you will be feeling a
little bit for Marco Fu again.
We mentioned earlier they had the
brilliant semifinal last year when
Ronnie beat Marco 6-4 stop Marco had
a couple of. Breaks in the 80s. The
only time they played again was in
the quarterfinal in 2016 and Ronnie
one that 6-1.
There have been quite a few flies
around over the last couple of days.
But one stage, we had a little ant
on the cue ball.
Not straightforward here to clinch
the frame. He is 30 in front.
Going to need the blue and one more
red. Just glancing at the
scoreboard. He needs pinpoint
accuracy if he's going to get nicely
on the red that will take him past
the winning post in this frame. And
that is pinpoint accuracy.
We are getting the full repertoire
of the genius at work. Any type of
break, up and around the black spot,
he has been knocking those in.
he has been knocking those in. This
one wasn't totally straightforward.
For Marco Fu, it is one of those
days where he just has to sit and
It is just one way traffic.
Marco had a bit of a chance in that
frame but Ronnie O'Sullivan is just
on fire and he now leads 5-0.
So Marco, breaks off in frame six
and not the best break off he has
ever played. He will be hoping it
won't be his last break off in this
year's masters. But the odds are,
Ronnie's favour of a whitewash.
Land when you are playing well that
is the sort of little flick that you
It looked as if he was going to play
for the loose red. He might go
straight into the pink now.
straight into the pink now. I have a
funny feeling when he parts of this,
he will clear the path for the one
to the right.
to the right.
Definitely. Now both
of them go. There is one on either
side available. He will play this
and leave the cue ball a little bit
low so he can play at cannon. He
will be able to pot this and forced
another couple of reds into play.
Lovely touch. Report this and he can
play into the top of the pack.
He is on the loose red.
It is all about the split now.
Ronnie was getting down to see if he
could pot the long pink.
That could be end of break unless he
takes a double on. It is not what he
played for. He could play a shot to
nothing and get on the black. He
fouled it. He immediately walked
away from the table and declared a
foul on himself. He was going to
take the double on there.
He must have just touched it. You
could not really see much. If you
touch with your hand, in you know
Player still do that, declare a foul
Surely not. That was difficult. Look
where it is going. A bit of a chance
He has had no touch whatsoever, he
has been kept off the table.
Probably a little bit embarrassing
for Marco. He cannot get any rhythm
And even when he pots the difficult
black and yellow is there to stop
him from coming back up to the reds.
I think that shot tells you a lot. I
think Marco is ready to leave the
It is one of those days where he
never got a chance.
He can send the red backed up the
table as long as he does not hit the
green. He played it well.
green. He played it well. Can Marco
see enough of this red and possibly
get round behind the pink?
And once again look at the pace on
the safety shot.
I know I may sound like a bingo
caller, but 120, 100 150, 112, 75,
those are Ronnie O'Sullivan's
breaks. That is phenomenal.
In the cluster of four, the one on
the left-hand is available.
When he removes this red, it will
clear that the red, and those four
are safe. This is looking like the
end of match.
97% pot success rate.
Just looking there to see if that
read on the pink spot will be
available in a couple of shots time.
You have to say it is all over here.
36 is the difference. That red feels
a bit tight. He can always play the
cannon. Which is what he has done.
He did not take any chances. He
thought if he went into them he
would be extremely lucky not to take
one. But Marco is still a top class
player. It is one of those days
where you run into something that is
very special indeed.
Ronnie O'Sullivan could not hope to
start his defence of the title in a
better shape. He has been superb, he
really has. Every aspect.
really has. Every aspect. He is
already favourite for this
championship this year. On today's
performance he will be shorter in
the betting, that is for certain.
Surely he can't bring the read out
and clear up from here.
and clear up from here. That is even
more clever. To develop the yellow
and still leave the chance on this
difficult read. No.
difficult read. No. A big smile from
Marco Fu. You have to feel sorry for
him. Everybody is standing up in
recognition of that performance from
Ronnie O'Sullivan. Absolutely
amazing. He takes the match 6-0.
Marco had a couple of chances and he
did not take them and I am pleased
to be in the next round. It does not
matter to me if I win another
tournament. For me it is a good
discipline. I have got a little bit
of a purpose in life. I know if I
perform well, then I know that I do
it in a style and a manner that is
different to the way most people or
anybody else does it. There are one
or two players who are a joy to
watch. The rest to me are decent to
watch. I know when I am on form I
think people enjoy it.
very well. He missed a few so it is
not 100% I am sure. He put me under
pressure. Yes, it is just one
mistake and it seems to be frame
I do not belong to one
section, I feel like I belong to one
snooker world and they show me
around for the year.
He is getting
better. He has got the ability and
the experience and the mentality and
the hard work. Yes, he is doing very
I do not come to the table and
not feel like it. Some days the flow
is stronger than others. That is why
I played the sport, because of that
feeling. Some people meditate to get
that peace of mind or whatever they
call it, I just pop balls. What ever
it is going on and off the table
gets forgotten about. It is like
Gazza, the only time he felt relaxed
was on the pitch because it stopped
him from being driven mad. For me
this is a nice place to be.
A scintillating performance from
Ronnie O'Sullivan setting up a
quarterfinal clash with Mark Allen
on Thursday at one o'clock. We are
back with more coverage as Shaun
Murphy gets his