Murphy feels on top of the world

14 November 2017 00:21:07 GMTPlus11

Shaun Murphy said after beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Champion of Champions final that he had defeated the best ever snooker player.

Murphy won the final in Coventry 10-8 but only after O'Sullivan had won three frames in a row from 9-5 down.

However, O'Sullivan missed a crucial green when he looked set to level the final up at 9-9, allowing Murphy to claim the title.

"These are the moments you live for as a snooker player," said Murphy after his triumph.

"Ronnie is the best player of all-time, the best player we have seen and the ultimate test. To play him in a big, big final and get to ten first - because I very nearly didn't - is an amazing feeling.

"We call it dead-man syndrome - people play like they have got nothing to lose and he started going for shots which we all know he can get, and they started going in. Fortunately, he missed the green at the end and I was able to clear up."

Meanwhile, the ninth world ranking event of the season, the Shanghai Masters, takes place this week.

O'Sullivan is 1/7 to beat Gary Wilson in Shanghai while Luca Brecel, who reached the semi-finals of the Champion of Champions, can be backed at 1/2 to triumph against Matthew Stevens.

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