Ronnie O’Sullivan picks his Masters winner after crashing out in quarter-finals

Ronnie O’Sullivan clashes with Mark Allen during tense game

Ronnie O’Sullivan has picked who he thinks will win the Masters this weekend after he was sent crashing out of the tournament in a epic clash with John Higgins last night. The Rocket became the favourite for the title after Judd Trump pulled out with coronavirus and Neil Robertson and Mark Selby suffered early defeats.

However, Higgins dumped the 45-year-old with a brilliant 6-3 victory last night.

O’Sullivan admitted he was second best and he wants his conqueror to go all the way to lift the trophy.

“With John he’s going to have to play like that for next two matches because you can’t have a slight dip in form,” he told Eurosport.

“Some of the players left in the tournament are really hungry so he’s got to maintain that if he wants to go on and win it.

“I’d love to see him win it to be honest because he’s an all-time great and is far too good a player to not be winning tournaments.”

O’Sullivan and Higgins equalled a Masters record as they stuck five consecutive century breaks between them.

But the Rocket took no solace from etching his name into the history books once again.

He added: “On paper it probably looked good because there were quite a few breaks in there.

“But whenever you play someone like John or are you are playing as well as he was tonight and you’re making unforced errors you’re just not going to win.

“You need to make the centuries and cut out the unforced errors and I wasn’t able to do that tonight.

“6-3 was flattering towards me in many ways because he was the much better player.”

Higgins take on David Gilbert in the semi-finals tonight and he is hoping his new technique serves him well.

“I’m trying something different with my technique,” he explained.

“I’m trying to get closer to the white ball with my bridge hand and my tip and it seems to be paying off.

“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 obviously Ronnie’s one of the best, so I’m delighted.”

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