Snooker wouldn't be the same without Ronnie O'Sullivan. Despite the fact that the Englishman is a controversial character within the sport at times, it's fair to say he is the reason that many casual fans watch the sport.
He is likely coming towards the end of his career, but it would be brilliant to see him add to his five world championships in the coming years.
O'Sullivan played in the first round of the 2020 edition this afternoon, breaking an incredible record during his 10-1 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. It took him less than two hours of playtime to overcome Thai player, smashing the record for the fastest ever victory at The Crucible.
The previous record was held by Shaun Murphy, who won his first round match in 149 minutes last year.
It took O'Sullivan only 81 minutes to take an 8-1 lead in the first session yesterday, having an average shot time of 14 seconds. He finished the job today.
Record-breaking brilliance from @ronnieo147 - and it's only the first round!
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Despite the impressive nature of this feat, O'Sullivan said he wasn't all that bothered by breaking records:
I’m not really bothered by records – I stopped bothering about records when I reached them and they didn’t really give you that buzz for very long.
They’re nice when you’re chasing them but once you get them they’re over-rated in many ways. So I think you just take each game as it comes and it’s just nice to be out there playing some snooker.