Steve Davis admitted Ronnie O'Sullivan "overpowered" him when inflicting a 6-1 defeat on the snooker legend at the UK Championship.
'The Rocket' had far too much for Davis at the Barbican Centre in York and moved into the last 16 of the event with ease, after an emphatic win.
Davis, who has won the UK Championship six times compared with O'Sullivan's four, did win the first frame but his opponent hit back and raced into a 3-1 lead - with a break of 123 the highlight - before he successfully rattled off the next three frames to secure the win.
Afterwards, Davis admitted his mistakes had been ruthlessly punished by O'Sullivan in the contest.
"Ronnie was hitting the ball beautifully and I wasn't good enough. When you play against the very top players, you have to be even more perfect because any mistakes are magnified," he said.
"I still loved going out there and playing, but your heart goes out when you fall behind and you can see how well your opponent is cueing. He over-powered me.
"I think best-of-11s suit him because he gets going quickly. If he keeps playing like that he'll be hard to beat."
O'Sullivan, meanwhile, believes he is finding momentum at the right time and is playing with plenty of confidence in York.
He said: "I made a few decent breaks, all round it was pretty decent. When you get some confidence you can get some momentum going.
"But I'm just glad to be in the next round, it was nice to get a win and get through."