The key to delivering a top class performance, according to snooker legend Steve Davis is 'to play as though it means nothing, when in fact in means everything'. Easy to say, but not quite so easy to execute.
Well it is possible but difficult to do. One aspect that helps is if you play to the same standard whatever the level of competition or whatever the opponent and surroundings. One game to play, one level of pressure. As we know in most sports the pressure can build as the game advances, the final black, the last hole, the deciding set. The pressure comes on as the points and shots become more significant.