Mark Selby says he won’t chase information set by the sport’s “all-time greats” after beating Shaun Murphy to win a fourth World Championship.
Selby is now degree with John Higgins, and solely Stephen Hendry (seven), Ray Reardon, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Steve Davis (all six) have gained extra world titles within the fashionable period.
However the 37-year-old says matching their achievements is just not an purpose.
“I do not set my objectives at any quantity so far as world titles go,” Selby mentioned.
“I simply come to the match yearly to provide my all. If that’s ok, nice. If not I’ll return house and work even more durable.
“I’m not going to have a look at information like Hendry or Ronnie and suppose ‘he’s at six, that is my purpose’ as a result of you’ll be able to’t predict profitable any single match, by no means thoughts the World Championship.”
The ultimate additionally marked a major second in sport’s return to normality, as a capability crowd attended a UK sporting occasion for the primary time in additional than a 12 months.
The Cheltenham Competition in March 2020 was the final time that occurred, simply earlier than the coronavirus pandemic took maintain and the nation was locked down.
As a part of a authorities pilot scheme, 980 followers crammed the seats on the Crucible Theatre on Monday, sporting facemasks, adhering to strict pointers and having taken a Covid-19 take a look at earlier than arrival.
Selby strikes as much as second on the earth behind Judd Trump after securing his twentieth main rating title in Sheffield.
And his tally of 9 Triple Crown occasions – the Masters, and UK and World Championships – locations him degree with Scotland’s Higgins and behind solely Davis, Hendry and O’Sullivan.
“I put these gamers on the prime of the ladder as all-time greats. I might not put myself in that class or class myself as an all-time nice,” added Selby, who additionally gained the world title in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
“Different folks could speak about it however is just not one thing I can get my head spherical.”
‘The very best all-rounder we have now ever seen’
Whereas Selby took a self-deprecating tone, his crushed opponent Murphy has no doubts over his long-time pal’s standing within the recreation.
“This places him proper up there,” Murphy mentioned. “He must be within the dialog [around the best ever] primarily based on the variety of World Championships we have now seen.
“I’ve bought him down as the very best all-rounder we have now ever seen. He’s granite in all areas.”
Talking on BBC Two, Davis mentioned: “Selby has time on his aspect and may very well be the one to problem Hendry’s report. I do not suppose he’ll stick on 4 titles as a result of he is too good. His all-round recreation is nearly as good as John Higgins’.”
Fellow pundit and outright Crucible record-holder Hendry added: “Ronnie remains to be enjoying to the very best customary at 45 and there is nothing to say that Mark Selby cannot do the identical. He is a match lad and another person I’ll should sweat about.”