JUDD Trump says facing Ronnie O’Sullivan in today’s (Sunday) Champion of Champions final will be one of his biggest tests in snooker.
The Bristol potter booked his place in the grand final of the ITV tournament after battling his way to a 6-4 victory over world number two Neil Robertson on Saturday night.
Trump will be looking to claim his second major silverware of the season after winning the Australian Open in the summer. But to do so he must beat O’Sullivan who won the event last year and denied him a second appearance in a World Championship final last year.
He will no doubt be boosted knowing he beat Robertson without playing his top game and also considering his head to head record over the five-times world champion having beaten him six times previously.
Speaking to ITV Sport after his semi-final win, Trump said facing such an attacking player such as O’Sullivan could suit him to the ground as they battle for the £100,000 top prize.
“I’m really excited (to face O’Sullivan) it will be the first time I’ve played him in a big final and that was in my head before the semi-final to play him because you never know how long he is going to carry on playing,” he said.
“For me the way he’s playing in the last couple of years he is in the form of his life so I’m really chuffed to be in the final. I love playing him and I think the way he is playing is going to push me on.
“I believe I can beat anybody on my day but tomorrow (Sunday) is going to be probably one of the biggest tests I’m going to face.”