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Murphy revels in ‘Triple Crown’ win

January 19, 2015 08:29:06 UK

Shaun Murphy completed the ‘Triple Crown’ when demolishing Neil Robertson 10-2 in the final of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

The 32-year-old atoned for his 2012 defeat by the Australian with a one-sided victory and added to his 2005 World Championship success and his triumph in the 2008 UK Championship.

Robertson arrived in solid form having sent crowd favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan packing 6-1 at the semi-finals stage but had no answer to Murphy, who almost quit 12 months ago to become a coach having not won a trophy for three years.

“I can’t believe it,” said the Englishman, whose preparations were hampered by a chest infection. “To finally get the win and the crown is unbelievable.

“I remember in the past Neil nicking a few tight frames against me and they really hurt. I just decided to stick in there and be patient and in the end I got a chance to steal the frame.

“In all, I have played pretty well this week and I am blown away.”

Murphy was seldom troubled by Robertson and a composed break of 60 in the 12th frame saw him collect the £200,000 prize and trophy. It was the biggest winning margin in a final since Steve Davis’s 9-0 whitewash of Mike Hallett in 1988.

“Shaun played very well today,” 32-year-old Robertson told reporters.

“I just could not produce the sort of snooker that got me to the final. I’d just like to say welcome to the Triple Crown club. He is a worthy champion.”

Shaun Murphy is currently priced 15.00 in the World Championship 2015 tournament winner outright betting.

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