Over the past two days, snooker fans around the world were treated to one of the most thrilling World Championship finals seen in years.
Ronnie O’Sullivan captured his record-equalling seventh world title, tying Stephen Hendry and adding more fuel to the debate over who is the greatest snooker player to grace the sport.
Ronnie’s win, however, didn’t overshadow the gutsy fight-back led by Judd Trump over the course of the two days.
The 32-year-old clawed back a 12-5 deficit to 14-11 on Monday, posing The Rocket plenty of problems to think about headed into the interval on the final day.
Trump’s efforts to scrape his way back into the contest were rounded off by a moment of Crucible history, as he mustered up a record-breaking 109th century of the tournament, with an impressive clearance of 109 to reduce the deficit to 17-13.
However, in true Ronnie fashion, he showed great composure in order to clinically snatch the final frame that would hand him his seventh world title, eclipsing Ray Reardon to become the oldest world champion in Crucible history.
The final had absolutely everything- Ronnie magic, a gutsy fightback, and world class strokes from two men who were desperate to lift the trophy and etch their names into the history books.
Whilst regaining composure on the final day, Judd seemed ever confident that the comeback was truly on, playing some incredible shots that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
This particular shot has been doing the rounds on Twitter. Judd rounded off an impressive clearance by smashing the pink into the middle pocket, getting the crowd all riled up in the process.
That is obscene 😳 pic.twitter.com/O3c8Pw8JWy— Out Of Context Snooker (@OOCSnooker) May 2, 2022
The kind of shot you constantly try and fail, in attempts to impress your mates down the pub on a Saturday night.
Despite his defeat, Judd showed great courage that was truly admired by his opponent.
“It’s great for snooker that we’ve got someone like Judd, playing the way he plays.”
Truly one of the greatest contests in Snooker history and one that will be appreciated for years to come.