Thepchaiya Un-Nooh was blown away by Ronnie O’Sullivan but the Rocket says the Thai was the architect of his own downfall.

Five-time world champion O’Sullivan needed just 108 minutes to topple a helpless Un-Nooh, as the world No.20 went down 10-1 and the record for the fastest Crucible match of all time was obliterated.

Un-Nooh missed opportunities to capitalise on rare Rocket mistakes and the 36-time ranking event winner reckons his opponent made him look better than he actually was.

“He made me look good really - he's a very quick player as well and missed quite a few balls that he wouldn’t normally miss,” O’Sullivan, 44, said.

“It just shows that you don’t have to have the crowd here at the Crucible for it to get to you in many ways - it must be something to do with this venue.

“I always think if I can play quick and accurately, that’s when I’m at my best and that makes my opponent a little bit weary, hesitant and puts them off their stride a little bit, because everything can happen so quickly.

“I think if I can play like that I’ve got a great chance, especially as I get a bit older, because I obviously don’t pot as well as I used to.

“I think my greatest asset is that I’m able to take my practice form to the match table - I’ve always played better in matches than I have in practice, so I think that’s one of my best assets and not something I have to work on.

“I don’t always play well, but I enjoy the battle.”

Un-Nooh sat slumped in the chair as O’Sullivan, king of the Crucible five times between 2001 and 2013, made early breaks of 101, 85 and 115 to race into a 3-0 lead.

He followed that up with a 74 before the mid-session interval but even the break couldn’t help Un-Nooh, as the Rocket then helped himself to further visits of 88 and 76 to take an 8-1 lead into Monday.

The 2019 Shoot Out winner missed simple pots again in the second session, however, as O’Sullivan wrapped up the job in style to make further Crucible history.

O’Sullivan will now face No.11 Ding Junhui in a tantalising last 16 clash on Friday, while Un-Nooh will resume next season as he bids to add to his solitary ranking event title.

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