Anthony Hamilton insists he is not getting too carried away with the impressive run of form that has seen him reach the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions of Champions.
Nottinghamshire native Hamilton has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, reaching the quarter-finals of the World Championship on four occasions.
However, the 46-year-old’s recent form had not been so impressive until he won the first ranking event of his career at the German Masters earlier this year.
That victory secured Hamilton a place at this week’s event in Coventry and he has certainly impressed at the tournament, beating world number two Ding Junhui and Ryan Day en route to the semi-finals.
Hamilton admits he is enjoying his resurgence in form, but he insists he is remaining level-headed and avoiding getting too carried away.
“I can be world class or really bad so I have to be ready for that,” he said.
“If I make a 140 or miss four blacks off the spot, I am just trying to be the same. It’s quite liberating.”
The former world number 10 is now just two victories away from winning the prestigious event at the Ricoh Arena and he admits he has reached a stage in his career where he can fully appreciate any success that comes his way.
“You have to keep punching,” he added. “But what else am I going to do? Go home and feel sorry for myself? That’s no good any more. I am 46 and I have to make the most of these opportunities.”