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Ronnie O'Sullivan aims dig at Mark Selby and gives him brutal nickname after Riyadh Masters Snooker match

Ronnie O'Sullivan aims dig at Mark Selby and gives him brutal nickname after Riyadh Masters Snooker match

O'Sullivan has come up with a new nickname.

Ronnie O'Sullivan aimed a dig at Mark Selby following his Riyadh World Masters of Snooker win over John Higgins - and gave him a brutal new nickname.

O'Sullivan demolished Higgins 4-0 in exactly an hour, posting three century breaks in the process.

It was an incredible performance from 'The Rocket', with his great snooker rival failing to pot a single ball over the course of the four frames.

After the match, O'Sullivan admitted that he feels he is getting close to his best following two years of 'absolute filth'.

The 48-year-old, who will enter the World Championship next month looking to become only the fourth player to win snooker's traditional 'Triple Crown' of tournaments in a single season, also took aim at Selby after the match.

Selby recently thrashed O'Sullivan by another whitewash score of 6-0 at the Players Championship, capitalising on a first-frame error from 'The Rocket' before taking the next five consecutive frames.

But his maiden snooker visit to Saudi Arabia hasn't quite gone to plan, as he lost 4-3 to Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.

The match opened the afternoon session on Tuesday, but lasted over four hours as the pair battled it out to a tense decider.

And in his post-match interview after his win over Higgins - which ended at 3am local time - O'Sullivan gave Selby a new nickname while criticising his play style.

He said: "It's Selby! I call him 'Midnight Selby' now, because his games go past midnight every game. It's a nightmare.

"You don't want to be following Mark, because you're going into the next day."

O'Sullivan is back in action in Riyadh this afternoon when he takes on Judd Trump in the semi-final.

The winner of that clash will face either Allen or 2023 world champion Luca Brecel in the final, which takes place later on Wednesday evening to crown the inaugural Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker champion.

Featured Image Credit: Eurosport/DAZN / Getty

Topics: Ronnie OSullivan, Snooker, Saudi Arabia