O'Sullivan in the right frame of mind to win fifth Masters title, claims Trump
Judd Trump believes Ronnie O'Sullivan is 'in the right frame of mind' for this week's BGC Masters and will have to be at his very best to oust the four-time champion when they meet on Thursday.
Trump booked his place in the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace after seeing off world number 14 Stuart Bingham 6-3 in the first round on Monday and will now face an in-form O'Sullivan, who progressed on Sunday at the expense of Ding Junhui.
A superb 125 break was the highlight of O'Sullivan's 6-4 victory over the defending champion, which was played out before a partisan London crowd.
In the zone: Judd Trump believes Ronnie O'Sullivan is in the right mood to win another title
With the support of the spectators behind him, O'Sullivan is sure to be a threat this week and Trump has no doubt that the 36-year-old's temperament – so often questionable at big tournaments – will not undermine his game.
'Ronnie's been in the practice room, he's been putting the work in and and he's really in the right frame of mind at the moment,' Trump told BBC Sport.
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'I watched him the other day and he seems positive.
'I'm looking forward to Thursday now and just seeing what Ronnie turns out.'
Trump, the reigning UK champion and last year's World Championship runner-up, admitted that he had been below his best against Bingham today and would have to raise his game significantly for his meeting with O'Sullivan.
'I felt after the first frame that I've got a lead and I thought I could run away with it, but I just kept giving him chances,” the world number five said.
'I'll have to improve probably 50 per cent if I want to beat Ronnie – I cannot give him those chances I was giving Stuart.'
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The 22-year-old from Bristol managed two centuries in the best-of-11-frame contest but his quickfire style all too often gave way to errors that Australian Open champion Bingham was quick to capitalise on.
After opening with an 87 break Trump stumbled in the next two frames to allow Basildon potter Bingham into the lead, but a break of 107 got Trump back level.
An assured 73 re-established Bingham's lead at 3-2 but Trump responded with four frames in a row – including a superb 121 to go 4-3 ahead – to seal his progression.
'The first round can be the hardest round,” Trump added. “You want to get it out the way, no matter how you do it.'
Trump believes the confidence of winning the UK Championship last month has made him a better player and he is determined to use that to his advantage this week.
'I feel really comfortable out there now,” he said.
'Even when I miss I manage to stay positive whereas before it would get me down and worry about it and I'd come to the table and miss again.
'Now I can put it to the back of my mind and remember what I've done at the Worlds and at the UK, and just look forward to every match.'