JUDD Trump said winning the tight frames proved to be key in helping him win this season’s Australian Open.
Trump won his first major sllverware yesterday (Sunday) since November 2012 after beating home favourite Neil Robertson in a cagey final at Bendigo 9-5.
Despite making two centuries along the way to the winning line, Trump had to battle hard to win most of his frames – something which, arguably, he was not doing in the past and certainly not renowned for.
And after clinching ranking event glory once again, a delighted Trump said at 8-3 up he was worried Robertson would make a comeback against him just like he did in the World Championship two months ago in an epic quarter-final tie.
“Even at 8-3 ahead I knew he was capable of winning six frames in a row – he did that against me at the World Championship,” he said.
“He (Robertson) started to go for his shots and they were going in, so I was a bit nervy because if it had gone 8-6 then the pressure would have been on me.
“The difference today was that I was nicking the tight frames. I was happy to be 5-3 ahead at the end of the first session, then I won an important first frame in the evening session.”
And Trump hopes success in Australia is just the start of better things to come after a frustrating last season saw him go without a trophy to his name.
“Last season I didn’t play well at the start but I did in the second half and it was frustrating not to win a title,” he added.
“It’s great to get off to a good start this season and hopefully I can win more.”