SHANGHAI Masters champion John Higgins has said his final win over Judd Trump was one of his best of his career.
The four-times world champion came back from 7-2 down in a thrilling final to beat the world-number two and clinch the trophy and £75,000 cash prize.
As well as that, Higgins also won a further £12,000 for hitting the tournament’s highest break – a superb maximum break while trailing Trump 5-0 in the final (see below).
Higgins told World Snooker beating Trump from a losing position was one of his best ever wins since turning professional twenty years ago.
“To beat Judd from 7-2 down is unbelievable, I can’t explain how it feels because I’m shell-shocked,” he said.
“In the first session he steam-rollered me, but I still felt confident that if I came back tonight and played my best I would have a small chance. To beat Judd when he was playing that well must be one of my best wins ever.
“I could have won 10-8 but I started feeling some pressure and played a bad shot from brown to blue, that was just nerves. In the last frame I decided to go for the long red full-blooded and luckily it went in. To clear up was a great feeling.
“It’s a big loss for Judd to take. He’ll have defeats like this in his career – we all do – and he’ll win a lot of titles. If you can come back stronger from them, that’s what defines the great champions. He’s a flair player in the mould of Alex Higgins, Jimmy White and Ronnie O’Sullivan and he’s great for the game.”
Trump was full of praise for Higgins and ailed him the best player he has faced in the game.
“John played so well tonight and didn’t give me a look-in until it was 7-7. Going into tonight I knew John was a great battler. I’ve played him before and been well in front and he’s come back at me. He’s the best I’ve ever played against.”