Ding beat O’Sullivan 13-10 in their quarter-final meeting on Wednesday night, but the Rocket was all smiles as he congratulated his opponent after the winning frame.
And speaking on Eurosport during Thursday's semi-final action, O’Sullivan elaborated on what was said when the pair conversed by the baize.
“He said some nice things to me,” O’Sullivan said. “And I just said ‘Look, you played like a man there’. A few years ago he would have cracked but he didn’t and I said ‘That’s what you have to do to win the title’.
“He’s experienced enough to know that. It’s not that Ding can’t win under pressure, it’s just about having that belief that [Mark] Selby has.
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