WATCH: What Rory McLeod said after famous Crucible victory
Rory McLeod has said beating Judd Trump in the opening round of the World Championship is the best win of his 23-year playing career.
The 46-year-old stunned the snooker world on Wednesday night when he defeated the world number two 10-8 – and in doing so providing the Crucible with one of its biggest shocks in history.
Before the match McLeod was priced at around 12-1 against to beat Trump, who had amassed almost £400,000 in prize money this season alone during an impressive campaign.
And despite being 4-0 down, McLeod came roaring back to produce the result of his life. He will now face Stephen Maguire in the next round.
McLeod won his one and only ranking title in Germany in 2015 but he said beating the world number two at the Crucible was even more special.
“It’s the best win of my career, to beat Judd Trump on centre stage is brilliant,” McLeod said.
“I’ve always known I’m capable, it’s just actually doing it, we can all say we’re brilliant but it’s actually producing it when you need too, happily I’ve done it today.
“Judd was giving me hammering at 4-0 but when I got my chances I just potted the ball I was on.
“I was sweating before we went out there tonight, my mind was just going all around trying to work out a scenario of how I’m going to do it. Judd’s quite capable of winning two or three frames in a row.
“I enjoyed being out there and potting the winning ball, then you can look back and enjoy the whole match, you go through so many different emotions.”