Masters 2015: Ronnie O'Sullivan breaks Stephen Hendry's record
|Dates: 11-18 January. Venue: Alexandra Palace. Coverage: Live on BBC TV and online.|
Ronnie O'Sullivan scored his 776th career century to break Stephen Hendry's all-time record.
The 39-year-old made 101 in the first frame of his 6-1 quarter-final win against Marco Fu at the Masters.
The win was the defending champion's 43rd at the Masters, breaking another record held by Hendry.
"I was a bit nervous because I knew everyone was thinking about it. It was nice to get it out of the way early," O'Sullivan told BBC Sport.
"There was still a match to play [after breaking the record] so I thought everyone needed to calm down."
|Analysis from BBC commentator Steve Davis|
|"Ronnie is such a fantastic break-builder and he plays break-building differently to a lot of players these days.|
|"There was a shot early on in that first frame where he was on the blue and perfect to smash into the balls.|
|"But he didn't risk potting the blue and going into the pack, saw a better opportunity and went for the brown. Most would risk going into the pack."|
'The Rocket' looked on course to extend his centuries record in the second frame, but missed a brown when on 51 and Fu pinched it on the black to level.
Hong Kong's Fu, 37, had a chance in the third but failed to capitalise, as O'Sullivan made 67 and took the fourth frame on the black to lead 3-1 at the interval.
Further breaks of 85 and 66 extended O'Sullivan's advantage to 5-1, before he took the seventh to progress to the semi-final.
"Now I am playing decent, I enjoy it a bit more," he said. "The older I am, it feels like I have only been a professional for four years.
"To have a positive outlook on it, I feel I can can deal with the ups and downs, I love it. I can handle my emotions more."