Graeme Dott is a pretty regular contributor in any ‘quote of the tournament’ competition. The feisty Scot and former world champion only has to feel strongly on a subject and the soundbites just seem to spill out. The Crucible this year was no exception. When Dott was asked about his excellent record at the venue and in the longer-distance matches, he insisted he was “a Grand National horse being asked to run seven-furlong races for most of the season”, a reference to the plethora of best-of-seven contests since the New Year.

And asked about Anthony McGill, Dott said: “Anthony just loves snooker, I mean really loves it, completely and utterly, he lives and breathes it.

“Give him another 10 years and he’ll probably be like everyone else and hate it – but he’s not like that now, no battle scars and he’s like a kid in a sweetshop.”