Stuart Bingham knows he has a tough test ahead of him in the fight against Judd Trump in the quarterfinals of the World Snooker Championship, but says the former world champion has no aura or fear factor.
Bingham impressively booked his place in the final eight with a 13-9 win over Kyren Wilson in the second round, while Trump came through a bluish battle with Anthony McGill.
The clash is a rematch of an epic 2015 World Cup semi-final that Bingham played 17-16 before continuing to lift the trophy in Crucible.
Not only has the veteran scored a huge victory over Esset before, but their age difference means Trump does not have an aura of invincibility for the older man.
At 45, Bingham is 13 years older than Trump, and it’s players his age and older that he might feel the presence of at the table, but not the 2019 world champion.
“Of course we had a great match in ’15, in the semi-finals, went all the way,” Bingham said after beating Wilson. Then he has obviously been the man of the decade, having won five and six tournaments in one season.
‘You get to a point where you concentrate on your own game. I grew up with people like [Stephen] Hendry, [Steve] Davis, Ronnie [O’Sullivan], John Higgins, Mark Williams. Judd was a little behind.
‘He’s a great player, a great world champion, but I suppose that aura of people like Hendry, Davis, Ronnie, Higgins and all the others has. To me, he does not have it. For me personally, of course, he scares other players, but since he has come after me, I do not see him in that spotlight.
“I see him as if, if you take your chances against someone, you will win.”
Bingham’s victory in 2015 is the only time the pair have met at Crucible, and their only other clash in a Triple Crown event came back at the 2012 Masters, which Trump won.
It is Trump who will start the favorite when their quarter-final kicks off on Tuesday afternoon (2.30pm), but Bingham will not be bothered by that.
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