Confidence is rarely lacking in Australian sportsmen but when Neil Robertson announced to his family at the age of just 11 that he would one day be world snooker champion it must have sounded a fanciful proposition.
Fast forward 14 years, though, and Robertson will be one of the favourites at the Crucible in April after producing another top drawer performance to beat Andrew Higginson 9-8 in a gripping Welsh Open final at the Newport Centre tonight.
Robertson has now won two ranking titles this season, having captured the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in Aberdeen last October.
Then, he became the 42nd player to win a ranking event and now becomes the 22nd to win more than one.
In truth, though, there were two winners at Newport. It was Robertson's title but the week belonged to Higginson.
His inspirational run from the first qualifying round to the final - with a televised maximum along the way - was extraordinary. Furthermore, it was a timely counter to the complacency of some of the game's top players who don't seem especially interested at the moment.
Some 11 years in the making, Higginson deserves much praise for his exploits. He's back in action in a week's time when he tackles Mark Boyle in the first qualifying round of the 888.com World Championship at Prestatyn.
It was a good tournament, though the crowds were generally poor. This has not happened before in Newport and could in part be due to extensive work going on outside the venue.
One final thing: the tournament desperately needs a new trophy to replace that aesthically displeasing piece of slate.
As Joe Johnson said in his Eurosport commentary: "It looks like it's fallen off my roof."