Based on what we’ve seen this week, I think only Mark Selby can stop Ronnie O’Sullivan winning the Shanghai Masters on current form.
Because Selby is the only player remaining who will not try and play Ronnie at his own game.
In their Welsh Open final last season, Selby dictated the pace towards the end. This was an entirely justifiable tactic and he deserved his victory.
Ricky Walden and Stephen Maguire are both very attacking players but will have to raise their games to beat O’Sullivan if he plays like he did in beating Mark Williams today in what was a really excellent match.
If he does win on Sunday, Ronnie will become only the third player to capture three successive ranking titles since the rankings were introduced in 1976.
Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry were the other two and this is the sort of company in which O’Sullivan belongs.
You can read the views of myself and my Eurosport commentary colleague Mike Hallett here.