SnookerFan wrote:I liked the quote on commentary yesterday night, I forget who said it. They were discussing that Ronnie had previously been dismissive of Selby's style and said; "But then, why should Selby play to Ronnie's strengths?"
There seems to be this idea that to beat Ronnie you have to play the same style as him, only better. Mark Selby has his own style, and if Ronnie (or anybody else come to that) doesn't like playing him or struggles against that particular style, that's not Selby's problem. What should he do? Say; "Sorry. I'll change my style, to maximise your chances of beating me."
Absolutely SnookerFan,i clearly remeber that quote,...""But then, why should Selby play to Ronnie's strengths?",i immediatley had a chuckle
and thought,thats what i,ve been saying all along,it,s not about pleasing Ronnie or anyone else for that matter!.
If Ronnie does,nt like Selbs style of play,then tough!.
Every player has there style and they should stick to it,if certain other players don,t like it,can,t handle it then boo hoo!,thats they,re problem!.
As far as slowing down deliberatly to knock Ronnie out of his rythm,i would agree on that,that it,s not very sportsmanlike as long as it does,nt go overboard and gets toooo slowww,but in saying that,it,s not forbidden.
And talking of slowness,i did,nt see a slow Selby yesterday,in fact he was quicker than he usualy is and played at a steady pace.
I watched the odd frame from Selby throughout the tourney and one thing i noticed was that his saftey play was well over par by his standards,at times he played very sloppy safeties,very noticeable was him failing to reach or get very close to the baulk cushion after eg playing off a red or colour,thats something he,s usually very good at.
Selbys saftey play i,d say is one of the best there is out there at present but in this tourney for some reason it,s was the worst i,ve seen from him for a long time.
Could be due to the fact that he got a bit infuenced by some who were critisising his style of play.
Mark should stick to his style of play and should,nt let anyone influence him,he knows what does him best and if he decides to play a bit more safety than other players,then so what,it,s certainly not forbidden and besides,it,s a Big part of the game.