Snooker's world No.1 Judd Trump hoping to match Ronnie O'Sullivan's haul of four world titles
Judd Trump has revealed his determination to emulate Ronnie O'Sullivan and win at least four world titles
Last Updated: 29/11/12 4:18pm
The 23-year-old kicks off the defence of his UK Championship crown in York this weekend, and believes he still has plenty of scope for improvement despite being top of the world rankings.
Trump, runner-up to John Higgins at The Crucible in 2011, insists he has time on his side as O'Sullivan did not pick up his first victory in Sheffield until he was 25.
"There's a lot of people saying, 'You've never won a World Championship', but you've got to look at Ronnie and see the talent he had and it proves how hard it is," Trump said.
"If Ronnie didn't win it until 25, I've still got two to three years to keep up with Ronnie. If I can win the World Championship over the next couple of years then hopefully I can take that confidence and get up to three or four world titles like he did.
"I feel like I've still got a little bit of improving to do. I'm showing 70-75% of what I can produce. I'm a lot more consistent than I was and I don't have that many bad games, and if somebody does beat me they've got to play well.
"That's pleasing, and when I do play well I'm tough to beat. I feel like I'm learning new things, and when you get to play the likes of John Higgins you're bound to learn new things."
Trump made light of repeated comparisons with O'Sullivan, who is currently taking an extended break from the game due to personal issues.
"Ronnie is a massive player and one of the greatest to play the game," Trump added. "Everyone looks up to Ronnie and everyone is compared to Ronnie.
"Now that he's not playing, people have a chance to break through and prove themselves. Ronnie will be missed, but it's a great opportunity for other players."