Ronnie O'Sullivan thrashed Kyren Wilson 9-2 to win the English Open championship title in Barnsley on Sunday, but sent a classy message to his opponent in the aftermath.
41-year-old O'Sullivan was in fine form throughout the contest, and led 6-2 after the first session of play.
Following the interval, he wrapped up a victory with a break of 131.
O'Sullivan made four 100-plus breaks to win in South Yorkshire, and he was in reflective mood after claiming his 29th ranking-title.
"You don't play that well unless you feel you have to," he said.
"That was as good as I could play amongst the balls. I made some really good breaks, the most important one was at 6-2.
"I was crafting breaks today, but there's still room for improvement on certain shots."
The Rocket, who pocketed the £70,000 prize money following his title win, then tipped 25-year-old Wilson to succeed in the sport in future years.
The Wordsley-native said: "I just want to congratulate Kyren on another great tournament.
"It's his second final of the season and he will be, in my mind, a top, top player for the next 20 years.
"He will undoubtedly be a world champion. He's the man for the present and the future.
"I'm just trying to hold on to him. I just had to stay focused and try to allow myself to play.
"It was a very, very good performance and it to be very good - you don't play that well unless you feel like you had to.
"If I had played one of the bottom players, I might have come out slow. I knew I had to play that well."
In turn, Wilson paid tribute to O'Sullivan, who was awarded the Steve Davis Trophy after the win.
Wilson said: "He was brilliant. I'm so frustrated at myself and I kept catching my safeties too thick.
"As soon as you leave one poking out for Ronnie he's just going to knock it in and clear up.
"It's fine margins. You can't be too harsh on yourself but he was class throughout the day.
"I just keep getting battered in finals. It's how hard it is nowadays.
"It's where you want to be. It's what I've practised so hard for but I just want to get past three frames to be honest."
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