Judd Trump has admitted that he is confident of adding more trophies to his collection during the second half of the 2016/17 season.
Trump captured the inaugural European Masters title in November – recovering from 8-6 down to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 in the final – while he was also the runner-up at the English Open along the way.
The world number four believes he showed a high level of consistency during the first half of the campaign, and feels that players have to produce their optimum performance levels in order to beat him.
“I think over the whole season, I’ve been pretty consistent,” he said. “In tournament wins, I haven’t been the best but, in terms of overall standard, I’ve played the most consistently of anyone.
“It has taken superb performances to beat me this year. I can play badly and win events and then play better than most people and lose in the first round.
“I think it shows that players tend to raise their game against me. I’m bringing the best out of everyone.”
Trump celebrates at The Crucible (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Trump’s 2017 did not begin in ideal fashion as he surrendered a 3-0 lead before being ousted 6-5 by the in-form Marco Fu in the opening round of the Masters.
However, he will be looking to bounce back in his next event at the World Grand Prix – a tournament he won during its first staging in 2015 when he beat O’Sullivan 10-7 in Llandudno.
The Ace will be in action in the opening round on February 6 at the Preston Guild Hall and is adamant that continuing to turn out strong performances will eventually see him add to his six ranking titles.
"It was great to get the better of Ronnie and win on that occasion," he reflected.
"It gave me a lot of confidence and since then, even though I didn’t have a bad record before, I seem to have really taken off in my matches against him.”
He added: “In most tournaments my matches are the best, the closest and the highest standard – that is certainly a positive.
“I know if I can find that extra five percent on my game I have a great chance to win a lot more events.”