TheRocket wrote:Iranu wrote:I’d also argue Selby’s peak is better than Robbo’s, although it’s close. Robbo has the edge in scoring of course (though not by as much as some would have you believe) but Selby’s safety and tactical game is several orders of magnitude better than Robbo’s.
For example, no way does Robbo beat Ding in the 2017 WC semi the way Ding was playing. Both players were in top scoring form but Selby’s tactical game won the day.
In a pure scorefest, Robbo wins. But snooker isn’t just scoring.
Robbo hits his peak far more often than Selby, though.
Do you think Selby could have beaten Trump in the CoC final 2019 the way Trump played? Robertson did, by playing unbelievable Snooker. And Trump in that match played to a much higher level than Ding did.
I also posted the match stats of the 2017 WC semis a few months ago (unfortunately they dont exist anymore) and it showed a pot success of 88 or 89% for Selby and Ding. Safety success was good but you can watch the match and see how many opportunities Ding actually missed. Like golden opportunities, especially in the final session.
Of course he could have. Trump wasn’t playing unbeatable snooker or he wouldn’t have been beaten. Selby probably wouldn’t have won making 5 centuries but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t have won.
Look, Robbo’s a better scorer than Selby, of course he is. But Selby’s safety and tactical game is SO much better than Robbo’s that I believe his overall peak is marginally higher.
When we discuss players at this level the margins and differences are tiny. And discussing peak snooker is basically irrelevant anyway.
Selby’s not some mug who’s fluked his way to three world titles, he’s an excellent snooker player whether you like him or not. He’s responsible for my second worst ever feeling after a snooker match but I’m not gonna deny how good he is.
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