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Jackson Page hails “relentless” Mark Williams: “He was just ridiculous”

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Jackson Page thinks Mark Williams will take some stopping at the Crucible this year after a comprehensive defeat against his mentor.

The three-time World champion dished out a devastating lesson to his protégé, who he described as a “fourth son” in the build-up to their eagerly anticipated second-round clash.

Williams completely outclassed the 20-year-old as he wrapped up a dominant 13-3 victory with a session to spare.

The 47-year-old hit a record-equalling six centuries in the best-of-25 encounter as he sailed through to the quarter-finals.

And should he maintain those outstanding performance levels, Page is confident it could culminate in a fourth Crucible crown for his mentor.

“The first session, he was unbelievable,” said Page. “You can’t really play better than that. It set the tone of the match really.

“It takes the very best in the game to compete with that. He was just ridiculous.

“It’s one of the best performances he’s ever played against me.

“When he’s playing like that, there’s not much you can do; he’s just relentless.

“If he can keep that going, I don’t think anyone can get near him.”