World Snooker Championships: Judd Trump ready for Ronnie O'Sullivan showdown
Last Updated: 03/05/13 7:13am
Judd Trump has vowed to go out and 'scare' Ronnie O'Sullivan when he meets the defending champion in the semi-finals of the Betfair World Championship.
The 23-year-old booked a mouth-watering last four showdown with the 'Rocket' after edging an epic quarter-final with Shaun Murphy 13-12 on Wednesday afternoon.
And, speaking on the prospect of meeting O'Sullivan at the Crucible, Trump believes he has absolutely nothing to fear.
He said: "There's only a certain amount of players who have got the self-belief to beat Ronnie and scare him and I think I'm one of them.
"I've got a good record against Ronnie. I've beaten him more times than he's beaten me, so hopefully I can go out and scare him."
"I've got a good record against Ronnie. I've beaten him more times than he's beaten me, so hopefully I can go out and scare him.
"I haven't seen any of his games really, but from what I've heard from my brother and others he hasn't really played that well and a lot of people are just scared of him.
"I think that with the way my game has matured I can crack him, but it's going to be tough for me.
"I think people are just scared of the name. The big stage is where I want to be. I'm not scared of the name."
O'Sullivan responded by saying: "I think I've earned that reputation.
"I've played him a few times and I've sensed he's wobbled. Even he gets scared of me. It's a hard place out there. If you play well enough and stay with him, and peg him back, he's not Stephen Hendry or John Higgins.
"We're not mates. He's 23 and I'm 37, and I don't go out anywhere. I go running eight miles and he sits there eating McDonald's."
"We're not mates. He's 23 and I'm 37, and I don't go out anywhere. I go running eight miles and he sits there eating McDonald's. We're different people but he's a good lad and he's got a great career of him for another 10 years.
"He's got to try to win as much as he can in the next 10 years. It all comes to an end for everybody, including Stephen Hendry.
"The advice I could give him would be to enjoy it because I didn't."
Asked if he would be in Sheffield for next year's World Championship, O'Sullivan added: "I've no intention to come back. If I find something else to do you definitely won't see me
"I've kept my cards close to my chest but there's no reason to keep them close now.
"This is my last farewell, it's my swansong. I'm happy; I'm done. I'll fulfil my contract and keep my sponsor happy. It's just 10 events and I'll see them out."
"I can't keep putting myself through being unhappy. I wish I could just smile it off, shrug it off but it's not like that for me. I wish I had the attitude of players who come here and smile and enjoy it. I just beat myself up too much and it's not healthy."