FLAWLESS Ding Junhui secured his fourth major trophy of the season after coming from behind to beat Judd Trump and win the German Masters title.
The world number three came from 4-2 behind to defeat the Bristol star 9-5 after producing a brilliant spell of snooker in the final session.
It is the first time Ding has won the German Masters trophy and tonight’s triumph adds to his Shanghai Masters, Indian Open and International Championship successes this season.
Stephen Hendry holds the record for winning five major titles in one season – Ding needs just one more level to equal the record and in this form nobody would want to bet against it.
The question now on everyone’s lips will be whether he can cap off his greatest season in the sport by winning his first World Championship title at the Crucible in May.
After an entertaining first session which saw the scores level at 4-4, Ding started the evening session by pushing down the accelerator as a stunning break of 125 was followed up with a brilliant 101 to put him 6-4 up.
It was a flawless spell of snooker from Ding who then extended his lead further with a break of 72 to go 7-4 up. After the first three frames Trump did not pot a single ball and was made to regret his miss on the red with the rest in frame seven when he had a chance to lead 5-2.
With the winning line in sight, Ding edged even closer to the title in the next frame after he took full advantage of a poor safety from Trump and cleared to make it 8-4.
Trump managed to pull a frame back after the mid-session interval to keep his slim hopes alive.
But it was all over for the 2011 World Championship finalist when he missed a vital blue off its spot which led to Ding dishing up the colours to wrap up the contest.