Neil Robertson emerged victorious from the final of the BGC UK Masters at Alexandra Palace in London. The 29 year-old Australian dominated the second session to win 10-6 over Shaun Murphy.
Robertson has never lost a ranking final, winning seven out of the seven he has contested. Murphy played some strong snooker but the Melbourne player was too strong at crucial points in the decisive frames.
"I think that a good start was really important," Robertson said. "I was quite lucky to be in there at 3-all and after that I think I played some really good match snooker. It means a lot. After the World Championship this is the tournament I really wanted to win. My path to the final definitely hasn't been easy but I've stuck to it, played some really good stuff."
Robertson is ranked number 4 in the world and in recent seasons has become more consistent and a regular threat at major ranking events. He led Murphy 5-3 after the first session, but the Englishman fought back in the first frame of the evening. Robertson responded with a 101 break in the tenth frame, and kept Murphy at bay.
Robertson said, "At the start of the season I wanted to get to the latter stages of most of the events. To win the Masters has made the season for me really."
The promoters might have hoped that the televised final would have featured one of the sport’s charismatic stars, such as Ronnie O’Sullivan or Judd Trump, but Robertson and Murphy delivered a final that was tense, competitive and compelling.