Is Steve Davis the best snooker player ever?
That is the question I have been asking myself after watching him knock out defending Champion, John Higgins earlier today. And I think the answer is, yes he is.
A career now into it’s 5th decade, and he is still fit to mix it with the games current best players. How many others that played in the 80’s are still giving the top players a serious game today? Only the 52 year old Davis is, who was playing as far back as the 70’s.
The likes of Alex Higgins, Jimmy White, Willie Thorn, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott, etc, are all long gone off the scene.
It was great to see John Higgins applaud Davis at the end of the match in recognition of his performance. Higgins might not have been at his very very best, but he would have thought he was playing well enough to have beaten Davis.
Davis will now play the winner of Neil Robertson and Martin Gould, Gould is currently leading 11-5, could the nugget yet make the Semi-finals?
As I said in my last snooker post, world snooker, and the Crucible Theatre, could do with a shot in the arm.
Could Steve Davis be the man to provide it?