Speaking to the press sitting alongside his daughter Sofia Maria, Selby said: “I don’t know what Steve says because I’ve never really watched Harry Potter and the vampire’s probably down to the fangs on my teeth, but other than that I don’t know what they mean by it. I’m sure they mean it in a nice way.

“I’m going to go out there, I’m going to try my hardest no matter what. Blood, sweat and tears. I just try to go out there and win and give it my all, leave nothing out there so if that’s the way I’ve got to do it, that’s the way I’ve got to do it.

“I’m not the most naturally gifted player. You look at Ronnie (O’Sullivan) and you look at (Judd) Trump, they’re very, very talented, basically born with a cue in their hand, whereas me, I’ve had to work hard all the way through my career.

“I was brought up on a council estate and my father had no money at all. He passed away from I was 16 and my mum left me when I was eight years old so I sort of respect the good things in life and obviously try to keep my feet on the ground.”

But talk of his demise proved premature as he clawed his way back towards the top, culminating in a dazzling return to top form this fortnight with another world title to make it a glittering 20 ranking titles in all, placing him seventh on the all-time list of ranking tournament wins.

“I definitely feel in a better place mentally, on and off the table and I think that’s down to Chris because I’ve been getting a bit fragile over the past few years, sorting doubting myself a little bit,” Selby said. “He’s put that to bed and got me believing in myself again.

“Obviously, you can’t win this tournament if you’re doubting yourself but a big thank you to him and a big shout out.”

Selby revealed he had suicidal thoughts as a teenager earlier this year following the death of his father David in 1999.

“My past always flares up now and again and with snooker you have so many highs and lows,” Selby said.

“When I was struggling and having the lows from snooker, all the other bad thoughts came back as well, and having my close friends and family around me telling me to dig in helped matters.

“At times you don’t always think you’re going to pick yourself back up, but thankfully they stood by me and here I am today.”

“To win three was unbelievable, and to now equal somebody like John Higgins, who is one of the all-time greats, is beyond my wildest dreams,” added Selby.

“If you’d said to me when I was a young lad starting out that I’d be 37 years old with four world titles, I’d probably have laughed at you.

Sourse: skysports.com


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