Shaun Murphy defeats Neil Robertson to land Masters title

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Shaun Murphy defeated Australian Neil Robertson 10-2 at Alexandra Palace to seal his first Masters title with a comprehensive performance.

The World number six never looked back after a commanding opening session that allowed him a 6-2 lead going into the final session.

Assured start

World number one Robertson had showed his undoubted quality in his semi-final demolition of defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, but it seemed that his efforts in that clash had taken a lot out of him as Murphy took control from the start of this final.

Robertson was in need of a fast start to the final session but lost the ninth frame after a poor safety shot let Murphy in. Murphy then took the tenth frame to lead 8-2 and never looked back from that point onwards.

The Australian was a beaten man after Murphy took the next two frames to clinch the title with the biggest winning margin in a final for 27 years.

Elite club

After this victory Murphy, 32, now holds Snooker's triple crown having previously been crowned the World Snooker Champion in 2005 and the UK Champion in 2008. He joins an elite club of just nine other players to achieve such a feat.

Murphy, in the process, also gained revenge for his 10-6 defeat to Robertson in the 2012 Masters final.

Both players will now focus on the remainder of the season and will be hopeful that their form at Alexandra Palace will continue as they look to the World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, starting in April.

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