Murphy the Master with fine win

Published: Sunday 18th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Shaun Murphy became the 10th man to win snooker’s Triple Crown as he stunned Neil Robertson 10-2 at Alexandra Palace to win the Masters.

World number one Robertson had lit up the Alexandra Palace with his form in 6-1 wins over Ali Carter and Ronnie O’Sullivan but found himself 5-0 down as Murphy dominated the final.

Murphy had two 127 breaks and four more breaks over 60 as he added this title to his W orld Championship from 2005 and UK Championship of 2008.

Murphy told BBC Sport: “The first time I came to this great event, I would have been 11 or 12 and to finally get the win and the crown is unbelievable.

“When I won the World Championship 10 years ago I thought I was going to blitz through these events but I’ve had to wait a long time and go through some ups and downs.

“This time last year I considered going away from snooker a bit but I’ve turned it around. I’ve got some great support, some great friends and family around me, and they all know who they are.”

As well as his break-building feats, Murphy won a number of scrappy frames as he avenged his 10-6 defeat to Robertson in the 2012 final – notably the first of the evening session, in which the Australian was first in with 51.

Murphy said: “I remember a few years ago he nicked a few of those tight frames and they really hurt.

“I had a bit of luck throughout the match but in all I’ve played well this week.”

Published: Sunday 18th January 2015 by The News Editor

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