Judd Trump admits it is a “bit of a dream” to rank alongside some of snooker’s all-time greats, after winning his third ranking title in a row at the Northern Ireland Open.
The world No. 3 admits he can scarcely believe his own progress, highlighting how momentum has shifted in his favour in recent months.
“It’s a bit of a surprise really to see myself up there so early in my career,” he told Eurosport after the victory.
“To be so close to John Higgins and Steve Davis and to have already passed John Higgins, is a bit of a dream really.
“In the last five years I’ve really come into my own, and shown what I can do on the table. When I do win one, a lot of the time there’s a good chance I do win two, three in a row.
“It’s important for me to capitalise at the moment and keep that streak going.”
Trump was 5-3 down as the afternoon session came to close, and even though he lost the next two to trail 7-3, he would win six frames in a row to seal a memorable win.
When reflecting on the change, he joked: “I said to my brother before the final session, ‘if I win this, should I retire the tip like a horse?’
“Take it off, it’s undefeated. I don’t want to keep playing and lose with that tip now! It was a big risk, but one I had to take, I felt like I was going to lose the final otherwise.
“It was a risk worth taking and I managed to find something special, a bit of confidence with it and I’m back to my best.”
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