RONNIE O'SULLIVAN became snooker's most prolific century-maker as he cruised into the semi-finals of the Masters.
The five-time world champion eclipsed the record of Stephen Hendry as he reached his 776th career ton in the first frame of a convincing 6-1 win over Marco Fu at London's Alexandra Palace. O'Sullivan equalled Hendry's mark of 775 in Tuesday's win over Ricky Walden and he did not keep the crowd waiting long for his next century as he quickly settled into his quarter-final.
The 39-year-old drew a standing ovation after rattling in a break of 101 to get the match off to a perfect start.
"I was a bit nervous, to be honest, because I knew everyone was thinking about it, so to get it out of the way was nice," said O'Sullivan. "But there was still a match to play - (at) 1-0, I was like, 'Calm down'."
Hendry, whose record of 42 wins at the Masters tournament was also surpassed by O'Sullivan, was commentating for the BBC as O'Sullivan reached his record-breaking ton.
"It hasn't been in doubt from very early on," said the Scot.
Fu responded immediately to level the match but O'Sullivan ground out the next two frames before easing to victory.
O'Sullivan was clinical in the latter frames. The victory took five-times winner O'Sullivan through to the semi-finals of the tournament for an 11th time.
He said: "Marco is playing consistently well, so I knew it was going to be a tough match. He is at the business end of most tournaments and he always plays well against me, so I knew I had to be on my game.
"The first four (frames) were a little bit hit and miss but I was pleased that I was able to not get frustrated and just try to compete and try to drain every bit out of those first four frames as I could."