Ronnie O’Sullivan shrugs off two more Crucible records after Mark Allen demolition

Ronnie O’Sullivan shrugged off two more crucible records after winning the solitary frame he needed to polish off a 13-4 win over Mark Allen and cruise into the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship for the 20th time.

As well as eclipsing the previous best he shared with Stephen Hendry for reaching the last eight, O’Sullivan’s 71st career win also took him clear for the number of matches won by a single player at The Crucible.

Typically O’Sullivan, who is now favorite to match the Scot’s record of seven crucible crowns next week, repeated his regular assertion that he has no interest in most of the plaudits that keep coming his way.

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“It doesn’t mean anything to me,” insisted O’Sullivan. “They’re not the kind of statistics that I’m proud of. The ones that I’m proud of are the majors and that’s about it really. “

O’Sullivan had done all the hard work in the first two sessions of his match against Allen, making their return on Saturday a formality.

But he insisted the relatively-effortless nature of his victory belied a tough battle to stay at the top of his game, invoking the example of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan returned to win one frame against Mark Allen (Ian Hodgson / PA)

“It comes down to quite a few years of practice and years of dedication and trying to be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be,” added O’Sullivan.

“If you look at Bruce Lee, he trained for many hours, not just mentally but physically. We’re experts in different fields but I try to approach my sport in a way which is no different.

“It’s not easy – I really struggle with it, to be honest with you. Even when I steam-rollered everyone in 2012, it wasn’t easy. It’s all about just playing to have fun, enjoy it and relish every moment even when it’s not going great. “

O’Sullivan will face Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals after the 41-year-old Scot made the most of a borrowed cue to withstand a fightback from UK champion Zhao Xintong.

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