Andre147 wrote:He was without a doubt the best frontrunner in the game for a long time.
In recent years he struggles to start matches well, and even wins a vast majority of them from well behind, so he's become a player who can cope well with trailing in a match. In the past, this wasn't the case, barring a few exceptions.
So it's not something that can be proven, it's just a line that the commentators like to say as nobody knows what it exactly even means in a way, if the statistics exist then I would guess that maybe Selby has a better record nursing big leads, if indeed that is what it means? you see how it's kind of complicated as it's never been defined what it exactly means and there isn't any proof that it's actually true but I guess if the commentators keep sating it for enough years then it just becomes accepted as being the case so the point I was making/question I was asking is if it was in fact true or not, it seems that nobody actually knows the answer.
Interesting that you mention Selby, I’d actually say he’s among the worst top players when it comes to putting his foot on the throat of opponents; he often lets his opponents get close to him before finding a way to push on again. 2016 world final is a good example - Selby let Ding get to made it 11-10 behind from 6-0 down.
I’d suggest Robbo’s an excellent frontrunner. Murphy too.
In terms of stats it would be a huge task to develop a statistical analysis. Firstly at what point does a match become frontrunning? When you’re three frames in front? Four? Five? Half the matches on tour these days would be over by then. Secondly is it just winning matches from that position or maintaining the margin?
“Instinctively”, watching snooker over the years I think Ronnie’s definitely a great shout for the best although as has been said not so much in the last couple of years.
I’d probably mention Davis as well - there’s a reason the few times he bungled big leads have gone down in snooker history.