Judd Trump feeling underappreciated ahead of blockbuster Ronnie O'Sullivan clash
Judd Trump does not feel that his superb run of results has got the recognition it deserves, but he has the chance to earn more respect when he faces Ronnie O’Sullivan at the World Grand Prix on Friday night.
The world number one comfortably saw off Martin Gould 5-2 on Thursday to set up the blockbuster semi-final with the Rocket.
Trump has now reached at least the semi-finals of seven out of eight tournaments this season, only falling short at last week’s Scottish Open when he was beaten in the quarters.
There is little question that the 31-year-old is the finest player on the planet, but he doesn’t feel that his stellar achievements have been recognised as much as they should be.
With the English and Northern Ireland Opens already under his belt this season, he has already achieved more than most will over the entire campaign, or even an entire career, but he doesn’t feel it has made enough headlines.
‘I don’t know anyone who has ever had a start to a season like I have and not really much gets mentioned,’ Trump said. ‘If it was someone else, it would be a lot more publicised.
‘For me, I’m very proud of how I’ve started the season and a lot of the top players probably outside of the top four would take the season I’ve had already. And I’ve still got a handful of events left this season.More: Snooker
‘It’s been an incredible season so far and I’m just trying to live up to the standards I set in the last couple of years. At the moment, I’m doing that.’
Trump is looking to win the Grand Prix for a third time, having lifted the title in 2015 and 2019 and after completing a hat-trick of Northern Ireland Open wins this year, he feels that certain events seem to suit him.
‘I seem to be getting tournaments that I really play well in and this has always been one of them for some reason,’ he said.
‘It’s got a new spot this year before Christmas so hopefully I can go out with a bang.
‘I seem to be playing some good solid stuff and hopefully that can continue for the rest of the tournament.’
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