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Ronnie O'Sullivan Believes Murphy Needs To Make A Big Mentality Change

Ronnie O'Sullivan Believes Murphy Needs To Make A Big Mentality Change

The World Championships lost plenty of its entertainment value after the elimination of Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round. Many of the less devoted followers of the sport only tune in to see 'The Rocket' in action.

However, he will still be on out television screens over the remainder of the week.

O'Sullivan has been drafted in to provide punditry on Eurosport, looking at the current semi-final matchups.

Last night he was discussing the match between Shaun Murphy and Kyren Wilson, with the latter eventually emerging as a 6-2 leader after the first session.

O'Sullivan said Murphy was one of the few names in the sport that he would actually watch at the minute, with the 45-year old previously outspoken on what he feels is a lack of quality amongst the current crop of top professional snooker players.

However, he feels that Murphy is too gracious of a loser to make the most of his talents.

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I really rate Shaun Murphy as a player, a really good all around power player. I love watching him, he's one of the very few players that I would actually watch.

It was good to see him at the end there, he beat Judd and gave it that and it really meant a lot to him.

I think he has to stop being a good loser, that's the problem. When it becomes in your mind 'I want to be a gracious loser' it's not a good thing as a sportsman, losing has to hurt because that motivates you to not want to lose if that makes sense.

It was really nice to see that from Shaun.

O'Sullivan defeated Wilson in last year's final, and while that will be a learning experience for the 29-year old, it is no guarantee of future success according to the six-time world champion.

It maybe just makes you a bit more determined and a but hungrier to make it happen. You don't want to keep learning, he's probably got another good seven years at it before he becomes 'old stock' and young players come in.

I never liked that one 'experience', because normally if you're good enough you get it done early in your career and then you can bounce on.

I never like that one, at the end of the day it's just putting the ball in holes. That's the name of the game.

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