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Title joy in Gib!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

SHAUN Murphy secured the 17th title of his professional career when landing the Gibraltar Open this evening.

 

Murphy, 34, came from 1-2 down to beat Judd Trump by 4-2 on a day in which he also overcame Barry Hawkins, Mark Williams and Nigel Bond.

 

Trump came out flying and took the opener without his opponent mustering a single point.

 

Murphy responded well to take the second frame, helped by a break of 46.

 

The next two frames were shared with Murphy equalling it up at 2-2, thanks largely to a run of 60.

 

The Nottinghamshire-based potter opened up with seven reds and seven blacks in the fifth.

 

But Trump had his own run of 56 before missing a yellow off its spot.

 

That allowed Murphy the chance to take the lead for the first time in the match.

 

Trump launched off a with a trademark long red from under the cushion at the start of frame six and soon led by 34 points.

 

But a cut-back red just failed to drop and Murphy stepped in with a brilliant break of 96.

 

It gave him his first triumph of the season and a seventh ‘Ranking’ title.

 

He produced some stunning stuff throughout the closing stages of the tournament, including edging a 4-3 thriller after coming from behind against Williams.

 

There were also impressive runs of 133 and 140 in his emphatic 4-0 semi-final win over Bond.

 

Murphy said: “I’ve come through some tough matches in the last couple of days. I had one earlier on against Mark Williams that really kind of prepared me for the final.

 

“There are those of us that think Judd is probably the best player in the world at the moment – he scores so heavily and has a safety and tactical game that belies his age. So I knew I had to play well and luckily I did.

 

“It’s the first time I’ve been to Gibraltar and I’ve really enjoyed it. The support has been great.”

 

Murphy is next in action this week in the Players Championship in Llandudno.

 

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