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Judd Trump beats Ronnie O’Sullivan to win first Masters title

POSTED ON 21 JANUARY 2019

Alexandra Palace saw Judd Trump win his first ever Masters title, beating ‘The Rocket’ in a 10-4 record-breaking defeat

Judd Trump displayed a super performance to thrash seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan. The final was expected to be a closely fought battle, with two of the most attacking and talented players in the sport.

But Trump played a more conservative, tactical game on the day, contrary to his usual aggressive style of play.

Trump’s dazzling start saw him lead Ronnie 4-0 at the mid-session interval, and then 7-1 at the end of what was a brilliant first session for the world number 5.

O’Sullivan pulled back three frames in the evening session, with two century breaks, but Trump’s form was far too dominant for even ‘The Rocket.’

Trump said: “I was sick of losing and watching other players win.

“I have waited a long time for this. It has been seven or eight years since I last won a big one [the 2011 UK Championship].

“This is like my local tournament and it is a dream come true.

“You are always surprised when you have a lead against Ronnie at any point. He looked sharp tonight. I had to be at my best to just get to 3-3 in the last session.”

Trump becomes the 23rd different name on the Paul Hunter Trophy and collects £200,000 prize money.

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