SHEFFIELD (AFP) – England s Mark Selby effectively guarded his reality snooker title on Monday, beating four-time champion John Higgins 18 edges to 15 in an exciting challenge.
The 33-year-old Englishman had trailed 10-4 at one phase yet similarly as he did against Ronnie O Sullivan in 2014 he battled back to win, ending up plainly just the fourth player in the previous 40 years to hold the title.
It was additionally the third world title in the last four versions for the player affectionately known as “The Jester from Leicester”.
“I can t trust it, I am as yet squeezing myself now,” Selby told the BBC.
“From 10-4 to get to 10-7 yesterday, I was over the moon as I had nothing cleared out. He defeated me yesterday. Today I returned new and was a considerable measure better.
“When I was 10-4 down I was missing everything. I said pull something together . On the off chance that you lose, you need to in any event go down battling.
“To have three world titles is unimaginable and to be one of just four players to protect it is something I could just dream of.”
Selby demonstrated character and coarseness in the last session when driving 16-14 and ahead in the edge he was judged to have fouled when attempting to haul off a snooker behind the dark.
Selby challenged the foul however after a concise snapshot of uncertainty the match official adhered to his unique choice and Higgins went ahead to win it to close the hole to 16-15.
Selby disregarded what could have been a mishap at a vital minute in the match to shake in a break of 131 in the following casing.
“I thought it touched, Jan (Verhaas) said it didn t and I put stock in him,” said Selby later of the ref.
Despite the fact that Higgins quickly had the high ground in the following edge all it required was one mistake and Selby took full preferred standpoint to seal triumph with a break of 75.
Both players sportingly embraced with Selby paying a warm tribute to his opponent.
“Huge congrats to John, he is an awesome person, and one of the unequaled greats and it is so incredible to play him in another last,” said Selby, who lost to Higgins in the 2007 last.
For Higgins – whose fourth and last win in the last came in 2011 – it was an instance of at 41 verging on being the most seasoned champ since Ray Reardon won the 6th and last of his crowns matured 45 in 1978.
“Stamp is rock, just stone,” the Scot said.