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Hossein Vafaei – ‘I like Ronnie, he is my hero’

Hossein Vafaei says needs to go away his spat with Ronnie O’Sullivan prior to now as he obtained his Shanghai Masters bid off to a robust begin on Monday.

The Iranian was concerned in a closely hyped World Championship grudge match on the Crucible towards O’Sullivan in April.

The build-up to their second spherical conflict in Sheffield revolved round fiery quotes given on each side, however the showdown was finally a one-sided affair gained by the Rocket.

Following his 6-1 defeat of wildcard Gong Chenzhi within the final 24 of the Shanghai Masters, Vafaei mentioned that he needs to maneuver on however joked that he gained’t be altering his methods.

“I’m so glad, that is myself. I’m not an actor, I’m a snooker participant,” Hossein Vafaei instructed the World Snooker Tour.

“I like to be myself. If one thing just isn’t proper, I’ve to say it. The individuals settle for or not settle for it.”

“On the identical time, we shouldn’t overlook the respect as effectively. Let’s overlook that (what occurred with O’Sullivan). I’m going to make a brand new story once more, possibly for another person.

“Pay attention, I like Ronnie. He’s my hero, and I play snooker due to him. If he don’t be round snooker, who’s going to look at?

“Even myself, I’m one in all his followers. Typically it occurs in any household, however let’s overlook it.”

Vafaei briefly turned a prime 16 member for the primary time in his profession earlier this season, which helped him acquire an invite to compete in China this week.

Regardless of enduring a tough journey, the 28 year-old is delighted to be again competing within the nation for the primary time in 4 years.

“This month was very unusual for me. Numerous issues have been taking place for me – flight cancelled, getting a passport very late.”

“Very tough, however I managed to get one other flight on the identical day. In any other case, if I used to be coming the following day, I may miss my match.

“I needed to go accumulate my suitcase and enter the nation once more – the queue was very busy.

“Anyway, after just a few years I’m again in China. I’m so glad we’ve got tournaments once more in China, they’ve at all times been nice.

“They’re internet hosting the tournaments very effectively. As gamers know, everybody needs to play right here as a result of the power over right here is totally totally different.

“As a snooker participant, it’s like we’re in a unique world. I’ve to say thanks to the China federation and all of the sponsors who’re supporting our sport in China.

“The opening ceremony is very nice, and meaning they actually care about us. It’s pleasing to do issues like this – the purple carpet.

“It reveals how massive snooker is on this nation, and all of us need to be handled like this.”

Vafaei will play Mark Selby within the final 16 on Tuesday.

Shanghai Masters draw and schedule

Final 24

Ali Carter (11) vs Dong Zihao
(Mon, 12:30pm)
John Higgins (10) 6-0 Deng Haohui

Hossein Vafaei (16) 6-1 Gong Chenzhi
Jack Lisowski (13) vs Zhou Yuelong
(Mon, 7:30am)

Gary Wilson (14) 2-6 Fan Zhengyi
Ding Junhui (15) vs Si Jiahui
(Mon, 12:30pm)

Robert Milkins (12) vs Bai Yulu
(Tues, 2:30am)
Mark Williams (9) vs Pang Junxu
(Tues, 2:30am)

Final 16

Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) vs Carter/Dong
(Tues, 12:30pm)
Kyren Wilson (8) vs John Higgins (10)
(Tues, 7:30am)

Mark Selby (5) vs Hossein Vafaei (16)
(Tues, 12:30pm)
Judd Trump (4) vs Lisowski/Zhou
(Tues, 7:30am)

Mark Allen (3) vs Fan Zhengyi
(Wed, 7am)
Neil Robertson (6) vs Ding/Si
(Wed, 12:30pm)

Shaun Murphy (7) vs Milkins/Bai
(Wed, 12:30pm)
Luca Brecel (2) vs Williams/Pang
(Wed, 7pm)

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