Aaron Hill says following up his shock win over Ronnie O'Sullivan with victory over Matthew Stevens proved his triumph over the world champion was not a "once-off".
Stevens is a two-time major winner, twice a World Championship finalist and brought 26 years’ experience in professional snooker to the table when he met 18-year-old Hill in the third round of the European Masters on Friday.
But that didn’t faze the young Cork man as he recorded a 5-3 win, sending out a statement of intent following his surprise 5-4 victory over O’Sullivan on Thursday, which came in just his second game as a professional.
"To play Ronnie O’Sullivan, my childhood hero, live on TV, and then to beat him was just a dream come true," Hill told RTÉ Radio 1’s Saturday Sport.
"And then, to top it off, to beat Matthew Stevens the next day, which showed people that it wasn’t a once-off to beat Ronnie.
"For many reasons, beating Matthew was probably a better win...to show that I was able to consistently perform like that.
"He was another player I watched growing up so even to beat him was an unbelievable feeling too."
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Hill also revealed that despite O'Sullivan’s comments about the low standard of young players coming through - remarks that the teenager admitted he had in the back of his mind – he had spoken to the Rocket before their meeting.
The Cork man, nicknamed 'De Breeze’ added: "He just said, 'good luck and well played’ [after the defeat] but I had a chat with him a few days before I played him, he was really nice to me, to be fair.
"I was just standing up for all the other professionals that are down the rankings, young players and hopefully I’m after giving them a bit of confidence to do as well in future."
Hill bowed out in round four and described as "fairly cut-throat" the scheduling that saw him finish against Stevens at 6.20pm and return to face world number 15 Yan Bingtao at 7pm.
"I had my chances and I didn’t take them and I got punished, no excuses," said Hill, who came into the tournament ranked 115 in the world, of the 5-1 loss.
"I’ve a lot of positives to take. I was a small bit disappointed to lose but I can’t take any negatives from this week."