Mark Davis labels Ronnie O’Sullivan thrashing at English Open as his ‘best result’

Mark Davis dumped Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the English Open last year (Picture: Getty Images)

Mark Davis produced a huge shock at last year’s English Open as he hammered Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 in the semi-finals, a result he sees as the best of his career.

The veteran from Hastings was handed the monumental task of stopping the Rocket in the final four, after O’Sullivan had dropped just five frames in his first five matches in Crawley.

Davis made a mockery of the pre-match expectations of pundits and bookmakers alike, though, and hammered the five-time world champion to make a ranking final for the first time in his career.

He fell just short in the final, losing 9-7 to Stuart Bingham after holding a 7-6 lead, but he reflects on the tournament as one of the most memorable of his career, and the win over the Rocket as his best ever.

‘It was a really good week and one of the best tournaments I have had in terms of how I felt,’ said Davis. ‘That must have been in part down to being so close to home.

‘I had people coming to watch me in every match. Going back to the same venue will bring back good memories and hopefully I can play some decent stuff again.

‘I played really well against Ronnie. Even the top players miss when you put them under pressure and punish their mistakes. To beat him 6-1 was fantastic and probably the best result I have had. Any time that you play Ronnie it is a different experience. He is the man and always will be, as long as he keeps playing.

‘As good as John Higgins and Judd Trump are, Ronnie is a little bit special to play against and it is amazing when you beat him.

‘If I end my career having not won a ranking event, I will have nobody to blame but myself. Getting to that final did give me extra confidence. I just need to be more consistent.’

The 2019 English Open begins on Monday in Crawley where Davis will continue his quest for a first ranking title at 47-years-old.

Last year’s beaten finalist takes on former world champion Graeme Dott in the first round, while O’Sullivan is back in Crawley and faces Jamie O’Neill in his opener.

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