Event: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: January 8-January 15
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Judd Trump said his Masters win over Mark Williams was his “best ever” after claiming the title for a second time.

Trump, whose first title came in 2019, hit a scintillating break of 126 to seal the victory after battling 7-6 8-7 down to win a thrilling match 10-8.

“It really is unbelievable, I was completely outclassed,” Trump told BBC Sport.

“Below 8-7 I was gone. I should have been out in the first round, out in the second round and I should have lost this one, I’m like a cat.”

He added: “I think with the way I played this week, this is my best performance to win this. I wasn’t playing well. I lost balls over the pockets by a mile.

“Mark’s long time was unbelievable. He put me under a lot of pressure. I could never be two behind and this is by far the best win of my life.”

Williams had been chosen as the pre-match favorite by Trump and was bidding to become the oldest Masters champion at the age of 47 years and 300 days.

The Welshman last won the title 20 years ago and this final was almost 25 years after his epic victory over Stephen Hendry, when Englishman Trump was still in primary school.

Trump takes the thriller

While neither player was in their prime in the afternoon session, which Trump topped 5-3, Sunday night’s restart felt like a continuation of his notable World Championship semi-final last april.

That contest included eight centuries and 15 half centuries before Trump emerged victorious.

Williams hit several trademark long dribbles and a break of 50 to win back a frame, but Trump, seeking his first trophy since the Turkish Masters in March 2022, responded with a 66 to immediately restore his two-frame lead.

A break of 80 and a run of 52 brought Williams to 6-6 to leave the match delicately balanced at the interval and then took a tense 13th frame.

A lengthy frame of 14 containing several nervous tactical exchanges and lasting 58 minutes saw Trump return to 7-7, but Williams picked up his pace in the next with a sublime 107 that showed little trace of nerve.

As the tension mounted in frame 16, both players miscalculated and left the other with opportunities before Trump played a fantastic double en route to 8-8.

And Trump wrapped up the victory in superb fashion at half a century and a century to become the 11th player to win multiple Masters titles.

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