Rory McLeod has hailed his shock 10-8 victory over Judd Trump in the World Championship as the best of his career after dumping the pre-tournament favourite at The Crucible on Wednesday.
The world number 54 caused one of the biggest upsets in Crucible history by defeating the number two seed - who had been arguably the most consistent player of the season heading into its climax at snooker’s blue-riband event.
On just his third appearance in the final stages in Sheffield, McLeod recovered from 4-0 down before winning 10 of the next 14 frames to claim a magnificent victory and was understandably delighted at his achievement.
“I’ve always known I’m capable but it’s about actually producing when you need to and, happily, I’ve done it today,” said McLeod.
“It’s the best win of my career – beating Judd on the big stage is brilliant.
“I’m enjoying every second of it at the moment and I’m just happy to be in the second round – it’s a gift that every snooker player wants.”
Trump appeared to be struggling on Wednesday – notably wincing when getting down on certain shots – and there is speculation that he has pulled a shoulder muscle.
The world number two then declined to undertake his mandatory post-match media duties and is likely to face disciplinary action as a result.
Nevertheless, 46-year-old McLeod – the oldest player on display at the Crucible in 2017 – has refused to be drawn into any of the rumours, insisting that he must instead focus on himself making sure that he is properly prepared for his second-round showdown with Stephen Maguire.
“When he was 4-0 up and potting balls from everywhere, he didn’t look injured to me but that’s none of my business,” he added.
“I’ve just got to deal with holding myself together and look after myself, especially being the oldest player in the tournament!”