He won 10-1 in 108 minutes against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. The old record was set at 149 minutes by Shaun Murphy.
With the win, O’Sullivan took revenge on his decline last year at the World Snooker Championship. Then went The Rocket in the Crucible in the first round surprisingly 10-8 down against the amateur James Cahill.
Un-Nooh has become the ‘victim’ of that. The 35-year-old player from Thailand had no chance in this game and saw O’Sullivan snooker as in his best years. As The Rocket also manages to hold this level against the Chinese Ding Junhui, then he is a contender to become world champion for the six times world champion in mid-August and comes a step closer to the only snooker record that the Scottish Stephen Hendry still holds, seven world titles .
If O’Sullivan wins his match against Junhui, he will play the quarterfinals against the winner of the match between Mark Williams and Stuart Bingham.
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