Rocket meeting motivates Murphy

10 December 2017 02:37:30 EST

Shaun Murphy is relishing playing the 'best player of all-time' when he takes on Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final of the UK Championship.

O'Sullivan defeated Stephen Maguire 6-4 to reach the final in York, with Murphy later easing past Ryan Day 6-3 to set up a clash with the man chasing a record-equalling sixth UK Championship triumph.

I will be up against someone who has been there done it before and who is the greatest.

Shaun Murphy

And Murphy, the 2008 UK champion, is looking forward to taking on a man who he believes is the best player ever to have played the game.

He told BBC Sport: "I have never played him in a Triple Crown final, so it is extra special.

"It is a dream come true to play the best player of all-time in a major final. I have watched plenty of them on TV, so I cannot wait to get out there.

"I have beaten him in finals before, but the majors are slightly better. I will be up against someone who has been there done it before and who is the greatest.

"He is like an irresistible force, he just keeps coming. I love watching him play and all the players do as well. The way he goes about snooker is the best we have ever seen."

Murphy can be backed at 7/4 to defeat O'Sullivan and is 10/1 to do so by a 10-8 scoreline, while The Rocket is available at 15/2 to clinch a 10-5 victory.

A win for O'Sullivan would see him tie the record of six UK Championship of Steve Davis, while he would also equal the Triple Crown record of 18 victories of Stephen Hendry.

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