Tired O'Sullivan closes in on title
May 07, 2012 12:45:45 UK
Ali Carter trails 10-7 after day one of the final with Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Ronnie O'Sullivan admits that fatigue may be a problem as he aims to put the seal on a fourth World Snooker Championship victory.
O'Sullivan leads fellow Englishman Ali Carter 10-7 going into the final day of the tournament at The Crucible in Sheffield, but says that he is starting to feel the pace.
"This is probably the hardest place to come and play," O'Sullivan said. "Seventeen days in Sheffield and I feel like I've been here two months.
"For some reason this time it's felt a bit longer. I don't know if it's age catching up, but it never felt this long when I was 21 or 22."
O'Sullivan led 5-3 after the first session on Sunday and edged further ahead overnight by taking the second session 5-4, knocking in two century breaks during the afternoon action.
The Rocket is now 1.001 to win the title, with Carter 1.001, while it is 1.001 for a 147 to be recorded in the match.
O'Sullivan had suggested before the final started that he could quit at the end of the tournament, whether he is crowned champion or not.
He had told reporters: "I've made that decision and this might - I'm not saying it is - be my last time in this tournament.
"I might consider having a good long break, a couple of years off or whatever."
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