WORLD number one Mark Selby clinched his third Masters title of his career after a comfortable victory over Neil Robertson.
Selby’s dominance in the game continued after lifting the UK Championship for the first time last month shortly followed with his Munich Open (PTC event) triumph at the start of the year.
The Jester from Leicester did not let a late night finish semi-final victory over Graeme Dott ruin his chances of sealing a third Masters title and the 10-6 victory added to his titles back in 2008 and 2010.
Selby could not have wished for a better start in his bid for the trophy and £175,000 winners prize after storming into a 3-0 lead over the Australian who throughout failed to find the same kind of form earlier this week.
Robertson made sure he went into the mid-session interval off the mark with a frame winning break of 72.
But the restart saw Selby return to a three-frame advantage before he won frame six to take a huge 5-1 lead.
The Australian hit back winning the next two frames to give him some hope and positive vibes ahead of the evening session trailing just 5-3 down.
The all important final session saw the world number one get back to a three frame lead with a break of 67. Selby then took further control of the contest winning the tenth frame after Robertson missed two important long pots on the blue and red.
A scrappy eleventh frame also went Selby’s favour and gave him a huge 8-3 lead. But in what had been a brilliant week full of comeback victories – Robertson mounted a fightback of his own winning the next three frames to put him right back into the contest at 8-6.
A handy fluke midway through frame 15 and later a stunning long red helped Selby stop the rot and go within touching distance of victory.
And Selby dominated the following frame to clinch the Betfair Masters title and continue his dominance of the game.
So nearly out the game with a serious neck injury, Selby is now doing the winning to justify his number one world ranking. His next challenge will be to lift the big one for the very first time….the world championship.