Judd Trump acknowledges he will begin his World Championship campaign low on confidence but believes he performs best when the pressure is off.
Hopes have been high for Trump since he turned professional as a teenager, with many tipping him to be snooker's next big star.
Now 28, Trump's only 'Triple Crown' title to date came at the UK Championship in 2011, a victory seven months after his only appearance in the Crucible final, where he lost to John Higgins.
Trump has twice reached the semi-finals since then and is regularly considered among the favourites for the tournament when snooker makes its annual pilgrimage to Sheffield.
But the Bristolian has not lived up to that billing in recent seasons - a second-round exit to eventual finalist Ding Junhui in 2016 was followed last year by a shock first-round defeat to Rory McLeod.
That disappointing run at the Crucible Theatre has taken its toll on Trump's confidence, but he hopes that lowered expectations can give him the freedom to perform to his best this year.
"I probably feel less confident than the last two times," he told Omnisport. "[But] I normally play my best stuff when I'm the underdog, when I go unnoticed, and I think that's what's been happening this year.
"At the Masters I was unlucky [losing 6-5 to Kyren Wilson in the semi-finals] and that was kind of going unnoticed - I hadn't been playing particularly well before that.
"Now it's the same at this tournament.
"The pressure's on a lot of the other players. It's on them to produce the goods and people like me and Ding can go a little bit unnoticed and go through this tournament."
Trump also revealed that, in addition to the pressure that comes from outside, strong runs of form can force him into a change of mentality that has an impact on his game.
"When I start winning events, I get into a period where I'm trying not to lose rather than going out there and enjoying it and trying to win," he added.
"At this period of time I'm probably enjoying it and trying to win rather than not lose.
"When you're winning every game, you start looking over your shoulder and everyone wants to beat you.
"When you're not playing that well, no one really takes any notice of you. They're not going out and trying their absolute best to knock you off your throne.
"I think that's when opportunities arise."
Trump begins his campaign against Crucible debutant Chris Wakelin on Wednesday, with the winner to face Ricky Walden in the second round.
27 de mayo 2018
|Rose extends lead as Spieth slides|
|Prompt recovery, Salah – Ramos wishes Liverpool star well|
|Indians reliever Miller headed back to disabled list|
|Warriors´ Iguodala to miss game six against Rockets|
|I shouldn´t have done it – Ronaldo accepts future comments mistimed|
|Klopp: Liverpool behind Karius after Champions League horror show|
|Karius´ final blunders could destroy his career – Kahn|
|Zidane understands Bale frustration|
|Bale, Karius send Twitter into overdrive in action-packed Champions League final|
|Ronaldo: It should be called the CR7 Champions League|
|Zidane revels in Madrid´s third successive Champions League title|
|I lost Liverpool the game – Karius apologises for Champions League errors|
|Barcelona congratulate Champions League winners Real Madrid|
|Salah injury update: Egyptian FA calm World Cup fears|
|Ronaldo must stay with Madrid - Zidane|
|Champions League final player ratings: Bale stars as Karius shocker costs Liverpool|
|Cristiano is happy and will continue to be happy – Perez cools Ronaldo future talk|
|Win as a team, lose as a team - Liverpool captain Henderson not blaming Karius|
|Modric: Madrid have built dynasty like Bulls, Celtics and Lakers|
|Where would Cristiano go? - Benzema predicts Ronaldo stays at Madrid|
26 de mayo 2018
|We do not think about that - Zidane shrugs off Ronaldo exit talk|
|The divine right of kings: Zidane´s Real Madrid ride luck all the way to greatness|
|Klopp fears Salah will miss World Cup|
|Du Plessis returns, 17 uncapped players selected by South Africa|
|Bale demands playing time after Champions League heroics|
|Ramos: Ronaldo is indispensable to Real Madrid|
|It´s been beautiful to play for Real Madrid - Ronaldo hints at shock exit|
|Salah injury marked beginning of the end for Liverpool|
|Bale double makes Champions League history|
|Bale, Mandzukic & the best Champions League final goals|
|Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1: Brilliant Bale undoes Klopp and calamity Karius|
|Jokanovic proud Fulham stuck to style in Wembley win|
|Real Madrid´s Carvajal limps out of final to prompt Spain fears|
|Broughton and Catalans continue fine form|
|Tearful Salah off injured in Champions League final|
|Leinster complete historic double by beating Scarlets|
|Lions snatch win from Stormers, Brumbies stun Bulls|
|Bale sits out warm-up ahead of Champions League final|
|Cavaliers´ Kevin Love ruled out of game seven|
|Pavlyuchenkova saves two match points to win Strasbourg epic|
|Benzema comparisons have made me stronger, says Giroud|
|Pakistan´s victory charge frustrated by Buttler and Bess|
|Aston Villa 0 Fulham 1: Cairney secures Premier League return|
|Isco preferred to Bale in Champions League final|
|Castres hold off Racing to book Top 14 final berth|
|McIlroy recovers late to share Wentworth lead with Molinari|
|Mancini perfect for new-look Italy, says Baselli|
|F1 Raceweek: Ricciardo set to vanquish Monaco demons|
|Goretzka confident over World Cup fitness|
|No pain, just cramp - Farrell allays injury fears|
|Sri Lanka to work with ICC after pitch-doctoring reports|
|Champions League Diary: Madrid fan´s brass act, Liverpool lap it up|
|FIFA dampens Platini´s ban reversal hopes|
|Germany unsure over Boateng´s full-training return date|
|Wyles bows out in style as Saracens regain Premiership crown|
|Fucsovics brushes aside Gojowczyk to claim first ATP crown|
|Not in my lifetime - Shilton will ´never forgive´ Maradona|
|Gutsy Thiem clinches Lyon title to build Roland Garros momentum|
|Martinez accuses Real Sociedad of blocking Manchester City move|
|LeBron focused on treatment, sleep ahead of game seven|
|Froome felt in control despite ´brutal´ Giro|
|Nadal to face lucky loser Bolelli after Dolgopolov withdrawal|
|Iniesta welcomed by thousands of fans at Vissel Kobe presentation|
|Monaco crash a ´brutal lesson´ for Verstappen|
|Ricciardo seals Monaco pole as Verstappen misses qualifying|
|Neuer will not be a World Cup back-up - Low|
|Froome on the brink of history with Giro glory all-but secure|
|No reward for Riske as Larsson claims Nuremberg Cup|
|Andreolli expects ´extraordinary motivator´ Emery to succeed at Arsenal|
|Verstappen misses Q1 after FP3 crash|