Snooker: Higgins tips Selby to challenge Hendry record


John Higgins has tipped Mark Selby to challenge Stephen Hendry's record of seven World Snooker Championship victories after losing the 2017 Crucible final to the defending champion.

Selby clawed his way back from 10-4 down to come away with an 18-15 victory, wrapping up a third title in four years.

Hendry currently tops the Crucible charts with seven wins in Sheffield, while Steve Davis (6), Ronnie O'Sullivan (5) and Higgins himself (4) also rank among the tournament's most prolific champions.

And this year's beaten finalist is confident Selby will not settle for three.

"I think he'll add to that, whether it's one, two, three or four more times, he'll add to that," Higgins said.

"He looks as if now he could be the challenger to Stephen Hendry's seven.

"I really believe that because he's just granite, he really is granite, and it's really tough to play against.

"I take my hat off to him, [he was] fantastic."

Responding to the suggestion, Selby commented: "I'm not sure about that!

"It's fantastic for John to say that. I respect him as much as anyone in the game. For him to say that about me, it's a great accolade to have."

Higgins feels the onus is now on the younger generation of players to halt Selby's dominance, but has not ruled out making another push for the title himself.

"I think when you look at the likes of Ronnie, who's in his 40s, myself [in my] 40s - I think we're still good players but maybe age is catching up a little bit.

"It's maybe up to the likes of [Neil] Robertson, [Judd] Trump and Ding [Junhui] to really challenge him and they'll be watching that tonight and seeing him go on to three, and some of them have not won one.

"That'll make them desperate to get back on the practice table to try and challenge him.

"I still think I could come back here and do well. Next year will be the 20th year after I won it [for the first time] and I still think I could put on a good show. So I wouldn't write myself off yet."

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