Ronnie was beaten by Mark King last night, by 5-4 in the last 32 of the German Masters 2017. So his run in Berlin as a player came to an early end. We can expect him in the studio though, along with Jimmy White who also lost in a decider, to Robin Hull, yesterday afternoon.
Here is the match report on Worldsnooker (excerpt)
Wednesday 1 Feb 2017 10:56PM
Mark King made an unlikely come back from 4-1 down to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-4 in the last 32 of the F66.com German Masters.
O’Sullivan won the Masters for the seventh time just ten days ago, but his game deserted him in the closing stages tonight as he lost the last four frames in a row.
In fact King has been something of a bogey player for O’Sullivan over the years, with Romford’s King beating his Essex rival in five of their nine meetings.
Breaks of 74, 69 and 81 helped O’Sullivan build a 4-1 lead tonight, then King made 93 and 77 to recover to 4-3. O’Sullivan had chances to win the match in each of the next two frames but couldn’t take them. The decider came down to the last red and King, leading by 22 points, potted it and cleared to the pink for victory.
“Ronnie and I have got plenty of history which people don’t really know about, since we were kids,” said world number 21 King, who won the first ranking title of his career at the Northern Ireland Open in November. “It’s not a needle match but it’s always nice to beat him. That’s rivalry for you.
“From 4-1 down I was positive and aggressive and went for my shots. I was lucky that Ronnie missed a few. The crowd is great here and the reception I got at the end was amazing.”
King now meets Tom Ford, who also had cause to celebrate as he made the third 147 of his career during a 5-2 win over Peter Ebdon.
Here is the preview, with Ronnie’s and Mark King interviews:
And the match:
The aftermatch, with Mark King’s interview:
It was a bit of a strange match. Ronnie looked a bit out of sorts and tired from the start, and even at 4-1, he looked rather uncomfortable. His long potting wasn’t good and he missed a lot with the rest, which is unusual. In fact it probably should have been 3-2, rather than 4-1 at that point if it wasn’t for Mark King very sportively calling a foul on himself in frame 4. Then Mark kept him cold in his seat for two full frames and after that Ronnie never looked like a winner. But all credit to Mark King, he was the better player last night and I’m wishing him the best of luck for the rest of the tournament.
“I don’t really know, I haven’t got a lot to say on the match – Mark played a good game,” he said of the defeat in Berlin’s Tempodrom.
“Mark played well and I don’t really know why [it didn’t work for me]. My form had been okay on the practice table, but it [not transferring to the match] is just life.
“It’s great playing in the German Masters, I love being in it but now I have to go home.”
Well sometimes there isn’t an identifiable reason other than the fact that players are human and form is not a tap you can turn on when you want to be flowing… It was obvious how disappointed Ronnie was and he did try his best. Twice needing a ridiculous number of snookers he came back at the table, clearly not in the hope to win the frame but likely to try and regain a feel of the table. It didn’t work…