Ronnie O’Sullivan has not been at his best in the Tour Championship final (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)Ronnie O’Sullivan was far from his best in the second session of the Tour Championship final on Sunday afternoon, finishing level at 8-8 with Neil Robertson.
The ‘Rocket’ had gone into the afternoon session 5-3 ahead, but was missing chances and appeared frustrated with himself at times as Robertson won five of the next eight frames.
The biggest clue as to O’Sullivan’s mindset was when he conceded the 16th frame when he only needed one snooker.
Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry suggested that O’Sullivan was bored and that is inability to remain focused has cost him World Championship titles in recent years.
O’Sullivan can return to world number one with a win over Robertson (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)‘What makes it so intriguing watching Ronnie O’Sullivan is the different emotions, it’s verging on boredom there,’ Hendry said on ITV4’s coverage.
‘He seemed to lose focus as you could see in the last frame, conceding when he only needed one snooker.
‘Ronnie hasn’t won the World Championship for six years, perhaps that’s just because he loses interest for a session.’
The final is a level playing field going into the final session (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)Hendry believes that O’Sullivan’s lack of focus has gifted Robertson the momentum in Llandudno, but has backed the ‘Rocket’ to wrestle the match back his way on Sunday evening.
‘He’s [Robertson] got the upper hand, he’s got the momentum,’ continued Hendry. ‘I’m sure we’ll see a different Ronnie O’Sullivan tonight in the final session of a major championship.
‘Final sessions of finals is when Ronnie comes alive and I favour him to win this.’
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Despite O’Sullivan’s perceived ‘boredom’ he is still in a strong position to win the match at 8-8 and remains the clear favourite with the bookies to do so.
The two men met in a final as recently as this month when O’Sullivan hammered Robertson 10-4 at the Players Championship.
However, their record in finals is level, with Ronnie also winning the 2016 Welsh Open showpiece, while the Aussie downed O’Sullivan in the finals of the 2017 Hong Kong Masters and 2010 World Open.
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