John Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams not only in peak form but could play on until 60s

Snooker’s infamous Class of 1992 have not only withstood the test of time, but are beginning to produce some of their best performances yet, according to John Higgins.

For the fourth time in history - and the first time in 11 years - John Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Williams have all booked their place in the world championship quarter-final. 

The trio have previously reached this stage of the event together in 1998, 1999 and 2011. Higgins believes that all three men producing some of their best snooker in their careers.

Speaking after his second-round victory over Noppon Saengkham, the Scot said: "I think it's incredible. [After] 30 years, I think the three of us are better players than we've ever been.

John Higgins overcomes embarrassment to secure victory

"I feel as if I am. Mark Williams, I feel, certainly played incredible. Ronnie is just such a tougher player to play against now. He's actually scrapping for every single shot and frame, whereas before maybe he threw the towel in an odd time. That makes him undeniably the best player he's ever been.

"To say that 30 years later the three of us are better players, that's an incredible stat I think.

"That's just my opinion, maybe the other two guys will have different opinions. But me, looking at them from outside in, playing against them and watching, yeah, without a doubt."

England's Ronnie O'Sullivan in action

O'Sullivan enjoyed a comprehensive 13-4 victory over Mark Allen to book a quarter-final date with Stephen Maguire.

Williams was similarly impressive as he thrashed Jackson Page 13-3 to set up a mouth-watering collision against Yan Bingtao.

Higgins, on the other hand, had a tougher test against Thailand's Saengkham, but also prevailed 13-7 to progress into the quarters for the 16th time in his career.

With all three men in their late 40s, many have already begun to discuss their potential retirement date. However, with the likes of Jimmy White set to compete in professional snooker into his 60s next year, Higgins doesn't see why the Class of '92 couldn't follow suit.

The Scot admitted that one of the keys to longevity is good health. The three-time world champion lost three-and-a-half stone last year as he made a complete turnaround in his lifestyle.

Higgins said: "Don't see any reason why not. I mean, Mark says he's not going to retire. Ronnie, who knows. And myself, aye, probably could."

Mark Williams in action at the Crucible

He added: "I believe if I never made some changes, I would probably fizzle out quicker than I hope."

Higgins and his fellow Class of '92 counterparts return to action at the Crucible on Tuesday for the start of the quarter-finals.

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