Ronnie OSullivan has won the Shanghai Masters for a third successive year after a thrilling 11-9 victory over Shaun Murphy on Sunday.
The Rocket was pushed hard by the Magician and had to produce some of his very best snooker, including century breaks of 130 and 124, to take the whopping £200,000 top prize.
Murphy seemingly had the world number two in trouble early on as he won the first three frames of the contest, with breaks of 62 and 68 in the second and third respectively.
However, the five-time world champion was not to be rattled and responded brilliantly by winning four frames on the spin himself, making three half-centuries along the way.
The pair were proving very difficult to separate as the match rolled along to 6-6, when Murphy made the first century of the match, a 111, to take a 7-6 lead.
Once again, the Rocket responded superbly to adversity as he made 130 in the 14th frame and went on to win another four on the bounce and take a commanding 10-7 victory.
Murphy, who has been in fine form all week and is not one to bottle it either, showed his fight and skill to make breaks of 82 and 90 to go back within one frame of the defending champion.
But OSullivan made 86 in the 20th and final frame, getting over the line in a real battle with his old adversary, as Murphy had to settle for the £100,000 runners-up prize.
The Rocket has not lost in this event since he was downed by Michael Holt in the second round in 2016, picking up £550,000 for his trio of wins over the last three years in Shanghai.
It was the 43-year-olds first tournament since his shock first round exit at the World Championship in April and the break appears to have done him the world of good.
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