Murphy thrashes world No 1 to land Triple Crown

Shaun Murphy celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2015 Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace, London.  Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Shaun Murphy celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2015 Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace, London. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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Former Rotherham potter Shaun Murphy became the 10th man to win snooker’s Triple Crown as he stunned Neil Robertson 10-2 at Alexandra Palace to win the Masters.

World number one Robertson had lit up the Alexandra Palace with his form in 6-1 wins over Ali Carter and Ronnie O’Sullivan but found himself 5-0 down as Murphy dominated the final.

Murphy had two 127 breaks and four more breaks over 60 as he added this title to his World Championship from 2005 and UK Championship of 2008.

Murphy told BBC Sport: “The first time I came to this great event, I would have been 11 or 12 and to finally get the win and the crown is unbelievable.

“When I won the World Championship in Sheffield 10 years ago I thought I was going to blitz through these events but I’ve had to wait a long time and go through some ups and downs.

“This time last year I considered going away from snooker a bit but I’ve turned it around. I’ve got some great support, some great friends and family around me, and they all know who they are.”

As well as his break-building feats, Murphy won a number of scrappy frames as he avenged his 10-6 defeat to Robertson in the 2012 final - notably the first of the evening session, in which the Australian was first in with 51.

Murphy said: “I remember a few years ago he nicked a few of those tight frames and they really hurt.

“I had a bit of luck throughout the match but in all I’ve played well this week.”