The Cueist wrote:Well we will see ,It was all Ding for 3 straight Tournaments and he is just now returning to form.
He only missed a few crucial balls in the uk and masters, And i think tiredness and the pressure to continue winning caused him mental fatigue .
As with Robertson this week , He looked fatigued and out of sorts.
I say it is harder to stay at the top these days since Hearn shook the game up
and opened it up to the lesser ranked players.
i feel Ronnie does not want the pressure of being world number 1
and the fatigue and extra pressure it puts on a player.
The last player to hold the number one mantle for a considerable time was
Stephen Hendry ,Regardless of era i might add.
Of course, and that amazing record of 8 straight years as World number 1 and be able to within that period win the tournaments he did will remain forever I think.
I Don't think tiredness is affecting players like Robbo and Selby just yet, it's just they weren't good enough to beat their opponents.
And yes Ronnie keeps himself mentally fresh because he doesn't care about his ranking, plays in only the tournaments he wants and therefore, due to that amazing natural talent he has, is still able to play at this sort of standard like he did at the Masters when he was many levels above everyone else.