Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his fifth Masters title

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Ronnie O’Sullivan won his fifth Dafabet Masters title, after beating Mark Selby 10-4 in the final at the Alexandra Palace.

The Rocket was playing in his record 10th final, and he marked the milestone with a scintillating display – torturing the player he described as ‘the torturer’ in his autobiography to move just a single title behind Stephen Hendry.

He went into the final having conceded just three frames along the way, while Selby had been taken to a deciding frame in both the first round and the quarter-final.

In a repeat of the 2009 and 2010 finals, the world champion continued his dominance from the past eight days, knocking in a quick 97 to go in front.

He then made a 70 to double his lead, before a stunning 96 put him 3-0 in front.

A run of 45 was enough to wrap up a perfect session of snooker, and he picked up from where he left off after the interval as scores of 37 and 47 increased his lead to five.

The defending champion finally managed to get on the scoreboard as he took frame six on the colours, and was on course to win the next when he found himself 35 points in front with 35 remaining.

However, a loose safety shot allowed the Rocket to clear and force a re-spotted black, which eventually went his way after a stunning pot into the middle pocket across the nap of the table.

The current world number 24 also came out on top in a scrappy final frame of the opening session as more slack play from the Jester allowed him to capitalise, and move just three frames away from the title.

The onslaught continued in the evening with O’Sullivan making an 89 to go 8-1 up.
Frame 10 swung both ways before Selby played a sloppy safety shot to allow the Rocket back in.

However he missed a simple brown off the spot to make it 9-1, and then rattled the black in the jaws that the world number two had missed after clearing the colours – allowing the Jester to make it 8-2.

The three-time winner knocked in his highest break of the match, as a run of 67 was enough to reduce the deficit to five frames, but the mini resurgence was short-lived as the Rocket moved one away from the victory in the next.

A 67 from Selby kept the match alive, before O’Sullivan wrapped up the win - knocking in a break of 72 along the way.

He was joined by his two children Lily and Ronnie Jr. as he received his fifth Masters trophy and a cheque for £200,000.

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