Ronnie O'Sullivan explains what he has in common with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal



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Ronnie O'Sullivan explains what he has in common with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal

Snooker great Ronnie O'Sullivan says there is a different energy in the crowd when he is playing well and that's the effect Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have in tennis. Nadal and Federer are two of the three greatest tennis players of all time and the atmosphere is crazy whenever and wherever they play.

"The difference when I’m not playing well and the atmosphere and when I am playing well and the atmosphere... It is like a different energy so it is nice to bring that energy to a venue, to people and a game," said O'Sullivan, per Eurosport.

"I suppose only certain sports people have that like Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Lionel Messi... They bring something to the table and when you watch them it keeps you intrigued. “I suppose that is why when I play, and get going and do stuff, that is why people gravitate towards watching me play."

O'Sullivan is a big Djokovic admirer

After winning a last-frame thriller against Mark Selby in a final, O'Sullivan mentioned Djokovic's mentality as something that brings titles. "I shouldn’t really be here,” O’Sullivan said last year.

“I’m 44 years old with no cue action. There’s no way I should be here. “It’s either good or bad, you need to find that Djokovic level. "Genius and bad don’t win you world titles, you need to be steady Eddie, you need to be Djokovic.

“All the flamboyant stuff doesn’t win you World Championships”. Osullivan finds impressive the steadiness Djokovic has in his game. "He’s not the most flamboyant, he’s not going to give you the Roger Federer brilliance or the Rafael Nadal forehand but he’s there from start to finish and his form doesn’t dip much. “I’ve always said to win in Sheffield you have to have that steady state type of game”.