“All day, just waiting around, it feels like forever and you end up thinking you’re going to play useless tonight,” O’Sullivan said.
“If you play well then you think it was worth the wait but if you start struggling you think you’ve wasted a day in many ways.
“It was a struggle at the start. Barry played well, big credit to Barry and I just had to hang in there.
“I played alright after the interval but I kept thinking that something was gonna go wrong and even towards the end I thought, ‘I’m gonna miss something’ and I was getting really tight and twitching. Horrendous.”