After his win on Friday over Noppon Saengkham, 13-12, the bookies didn’t rate Selby’s chances of a fourth world crown. I can’t believe he was 12/1 after it. I think it was absolutely insulting and still remains just that at 11/1. He played some really impressive stuff against the Thai, including the 124 in the decider. Selby also knocked in breaks of 120, 102, 92, 84, 83, 77, 76, 70, 55, and 53. Saengkham played out of his skin too. That proved the granite man is still intact and functioning. When the chips are down as the saying goes! How Selby isn’t single figures across the board now is beyond me.
He’s going about his job slowly, Selby-like, with most people ignoring him as a no chancer. That will suit him just fine. “If I play like that I will take some beating. My game is in good shape and I am confident”, he said after his second round win. This task is called ‘the marathon of the mind’ and Selby knows exactly what is required to overcome it.