Selby thrilled with Masters triumph

Mark Selby is the 2013 Betfair Masters champion

Mark Selby is the 2013 Betfair Masters champion

MARK Selby said he was delighted with his performance in his Masters final win over Neil Robertson on Sunday.

The Jester from Leicester continued his red-hot form on the baize after winning the UK Championship last month by securing his third Masters title with a 10-6 win over the Australian.

Selby, ranked number one in the world. was in control throughout racing to a five frame lead at one stage before he held off a mini revival from Robertson in the final session to close out the final.

“I was really happy with the way I played,” he said. “I knew I had to play better and be more attacking. I seemed to do that in the first session. I was tired towards the end.

“This afternoon I felt fresh but tonight I felt it catching up with me. Thankfully I gave myself a good enough lead to have to something to mess about with.

“It’s just unbelievable at the moment. A few months ago I had the neck injury and I didn’t know if I was going to be playing again. Now I’m sitting here having won the UK and the Masters. I’ve got a great team around me at the moment and they’ve pulled me through.”

Robertson’s defeat meant he missed out on joining a list of  players to have successfully defended their Masters title after beating Shaun Murphy in last year’s final. Cliff Thorburn, Stephen Hendry and Paul Hunter remain the only three players to have defended their title in the competition.

The Australian said he failed to produce the kind of form which had seen him get to the final earlier in the week.

“If I had played as well as I did in my first three matches I think I could have won convincingly,” he said.

“In the first few frames I tried not to watch Mark play because he can keep you away from the table for a long time and I wanted to keep my own rhythm. It was a mistake because my body language was not the best, then when I came to the table I wasn’t ready for it.

“My positional play had been fantastic all week but today it was really poor. I was over the moon to only be 5-3 down after the first session. Tonight I played better and at 8-6 I felt back in it. I had him in trouble in the next frame, then he fluked a red, otherwise I might have had a chance to go 8-7. ”

  • World Snooker have increased the prize money for next year’s Masters. The total prize money will go up to £600,000 from £500,000 with the winner receiving a winner’s cheque for £200,000 compared to the £175,000 given out this year.

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