Shaun Murphy makes 147 on way to Ruhr Open title

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Shaun Murphy defeated Robert Milkins 4-0 and hit a 147 maximum break to win the 2014 Ruhr Open in Mülheim, Germany, on Sunday night.

The Englishman secured back-to-back European Tour victories after beating Martin Gould to win the Bulgarian Open in October, and also became the first man to record three maximum breaks in a calendar year.

The 32-year-old took the opening frame of the final with a break of 66, which was followed by the 147 maximum in the second. A 62 in frame three took The Magician one away from the title and he cashed in after Milkins broke down on 30 with breaks of 58 and 28 to secure a dominant win, and the title.

Murphy, the world number seven, came through the first two rounds with 4-2 wins over Lu Ning and Michael Holt before a 4-1 triumph over countryman David Gilbert in the last 32.

Reaching the quarter-finals courtesy of a tough 4-3 battle over Joe Swail, Murphy then scored a 4-2 victory over Welshman Mark Williams. Fighting back from a 3-0 deficit against Judd Trump in the semi-finals, he reeled off four straight frames to secure the final berth against Milkins.

Reflecting over recent form, Murphy said: "I had a few barren years where I started to lose a bit of faith in my game. I was looking for answers elsewhere and I even thought about jacking it in. I'm really pleased that I stuck with it and got through that bad patch, and I'm so happy to have won another trophy."

Attention will now turn to the UK Championship in York, with the first round beginning on November 25. Murphy will open his bid for a second title against former world number three James Wattana.

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