Judd Trump said he was looking forward to what promises to be an ‘excellent’ World Grand Prix final against either Mark Selby or Jack Lisowski after cruising past Ronnie O’Sullivan in a comprehensive 6-1 victory on Friday night.
The 31-year-old, currently ranked number one in the world, stormed to a 3-0 lead over O’Sullivan, 45, in Milton Keynes before the six-time world champion threatened to fight his way back into contention.
But Trump hit back in style with a pair of eye-catching centuries and secured the win to book his place in Sunday’s showpiece.
‘Every tournament that’s gone by I’ve managed to dig in. A couple of times I’ve been losing 3-1, in quite a few matches, and turned it around and the final frames can make or break the season.
‘I know I lost a couple of important ones in the last couple of events but, certainly the first few, I just managed to dig in and get over the line in every event.’
Asked how he plans to spend his day off before the final, Trump replied: ‘I’ve got no idea!
‘I don’t know what life’s like without playing snooker every day so it’ll be a bit strange!
‘I might go out and get some fresh air, see what that’s like.
‘I’ll definitely have a look at the Mark Selby versus Jack Lisowski game, that will be a good game to watch.
‘I’ll probably have a bit of a practice, but nothing too strenuous, and just try and be ready for that big game and the final hurdle of the calendar year.’
On whether he’d like to face close friend Lisowski in the final, Trump responded: ‘In a way I want him to win because I’m close friends with him.
‘But you don’t ever want to be picking who you’re going to be playing in a final because that can always swing the other way.
‘Obviously, Mark Selby is the favourite to win that. He looks back to his absolute best, when he was dominating the game for four years.
‘I think Mark is probably the game that I’d like to test myself against, just to see where I’m at against him.
‘We’ve both won a couple of events, both playing brilliant snooker and that would be a brilliant game.
But if Jack wins, I’d be more than happy for him to get through and it should be an excellent final against him as well.’
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