Selby picked up his third title in four years as he came from 10-4 down to beat John Higgins 18-15, and there is a good chance it will not be his last.
Higgins predicted before and after the final that Selby could rival Hendry's haul, and the 33-year-old Leicester cue-man was happy to go along with that.
Selby said: "That's fantastic for John to say that, and I respect him as much as anyone in the game. He's a great guy, one of the all-time great players, and for him to say that about me it's a great accolade to have.
"If I keep putting myself through another two weeks like that I'm not sure I can get to another four, but as long as I keep enjoying it, keep putting the hard work in which I will do, then you never know.
"I'm only 33 and you look at somebody like John who's nearly 42, still getting to world finals, still winning tournaments and playing at the top of his game. If you go by that you could probably say I've got another eight or nine years of playing, so who knows?"