I thought Ronnie O'Sullivan went a bit flat towards the end of his match against Joe Perry at the Northern Ireland Trophy in Belfast last night but he still did enough to make it through and, in these early rounds, that is all that counts.
I've been impressed with Ronnie's discipline, particularly in his opening round match with Ken Doherty.
He said last night that only John Higgins is capable of beating him when he's playing at his best.
I would agree with this assessment and an O'Sullivan-Higgins final would be a great way to start the new season.
But I would be interested to see what happens if Ronnie faces Mark Allen in the semi-finals.
One thing I've noticed about O'Sullivan is that he really doesn't like it when the crowd are against him.
This happens rarely but would be the case against Allen. Therefore, he is no certainty to reach the final.
That said, the world champion is looking good and more than capable of moving up a couple of gears to capture the first ranking title of the campaign.