Mark Selby says he will not chase data set by the sport’s “all-time greats” after beating Shaun Murphy to win a fourth World Championship.
Selby is now degree with John Higgins, and solely Stephen Hendry (seven), Ray Reardon, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Steve Davis (all six) have gained extra world titles within the fashionable period.
But the 37-year-old says matching their achievements is not an intention.
“I don’t set my goals at any number as far as world titles go,” Selby stated.
“I just come to the tournament every year to give my all. If that is good enough, great. If not I will go back home and work even harder.
“I’m not going to have a look at data like Hendry or Ronnie and suppose ‘he’s at six, that is my intention’ as a result of you’ll be able to’t predict profitable any single match, by no means thoughts the World Championship.”
Selby moves up to second in the world behind Judd Trump after securing his 20th major ranking title in Sheffield.
And his tally of nine Triple Crown events – the Masters, and UK and World Championships – places him level with Scotland’s Higgins and behind only Davis, Hendry and O’Sullivan.
“I put these gamers on the prime of the ladder as all-time greats. I’d not put myself in that class or class myself as an all-time nice,” added Selby, who also won the world title in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
“Other folks might speak about it however is not one thing I can get my head spherical.”
‘The finest all-rounder we now have ever seen’
While Selby took a self-deprecating tone, his beaten opponent Murphy has no doubts over his long-time friend’s standing in the game.
“This places him proper up there,” Murphy said. “He must be within the dialog [around the best ever] primarily based on the variety of World Championships we now have seen.
“I’ve got him down as the best all-rounder we have ever seen. He is granite in all areas.”
Speaking on BBC Two, Davis stated: “Selby has time on his side and could be the one to challenge Hendry’s record. I don’t think he’ll stick on four titles because he’s too good. His all-round game is as good as John Higgins’.”
Fellow pundit and outright Crucible record-holder Hendry added: “Ronnie is still playing to the highest standard at 45 and there’s nothing to say that Mark Selby can’t do the same. He’s a fit lad and someone else I’m going to have to sweat about.”