Jimmy Robertson won his first ever major ranking event over the weekend and has admitted he thought the moment would never come.
The Englishman lifted his first major trophy in 16 years on Sunday night when he battled his way to a 9-6 win over Joe Perry in Lommel in Belgium to become European Masters champion.
The victory earned Sussex man Robertson his biggest pay cheque yet of, £75,000 and jumps ten places in the rankings to a career high of 26.
He has also booked his place at the Champion of Champions in Coventry next month. It will be his first ever appearance in the competition.
Robertson dominated early on winning the first frames but he was made to clinch his biggest victory yet the hard way as Perry fought back from 5-0 and 7-3 down to leave the match in the balance at 7-6.
But Robertson hit back in the last two frames to get his name on the trophy.
“It is what I’ve dreamed of since I first started playing,” he said after the match.
“I never thought this day would happen and the way my career has gone so far I had never been to the latter stages in tournaments. I always knew I was capable of doing it but actually doing it is a completely different thing.
“I was delighted with how I held myself together. Joe played really well in the evening session, but I am just pleased to have produced some good snooker from 7-6.
“Winning your first title is massive. You never know if you are going to get over the line and you don’t know how you are going to handle it. To win my first ranking event and have my family here means everything.”
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