It’s 11 years since Steve Davis has beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan and he’s never beaten him in a ranking event.
There’s no reason to suggest those stats will change today.
It’s master v pupil but O’Sullivan has won their last 14 meetings.
One of the reasons for this is the respect he has for Davis. When his friends were cheering against him in the 1980s, Ronnie was solidly behind the then snooker king.
Therefore, he doesn’t take him lightly and, though he probably doesn’t derive much pleasure from beating him, would not insult him by giving him an easy ride.
There have been many shocks already at the Welsh Open this week.
I don’t expect another one here.