Ronnie O'Sullivan has tipped Marco Fu to lift many more titles in the near future following their high-quality Masters Semi-Final encounter on Saturday.
O'Sullivan battled back from behind on four separate occasions to claim a narrow 6-4 victory over the in-form Hong Kong cueist, while overcoming problems with his tip to book his place in a twelfth Masters final.
However, O'Sullivan was full of praise for his opponent, who had won eleven consecutive matches in all competitions prior to today after capturing the Scottish Open title before Christmas, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the UK Championship in York.
The six-time Masters Champion, who is aiming for a record-breaking seventh crown on Sunday, believes that adaptations to Fu's game have been instrumental for the world number eight and is confident that future success is a certainty.
"Marco’s had a fantastic season – he's had a great run since reaching the UK semis and winning in Glasgow," he said.
"He was so close to winning that match and didn’t actually lose it, to be fair, so he will have to take confidence from that.
"I think he’s going to win more tournaments because he’s too good a player not to, he’s much more aggressive with his technique and looks much more fluent and confident.
"He’s speeding up, too, and is going to crush a lot of opponents playing like that.”