Shaun Murphy has won his first ranking tournament in over a year, beating Stuart Bingham 10-9 in a thrilling final frame decider in the 2016 World Grand Prix in Llandudno.
Murphy had a head-to-head lead of 5-3 over Bingham but lost to that opponent in last time in last year's World Championships at the crucible.
On current form, Murphy was coming in to today's final as the favourite following several impressive performances that have seen a big upturn in form and during this tournament, also to a lesser extent his opponent as well who was having his best run since winning at the Crucible last year.
Murphy struck first and with a break of 40 in the first and 38 in the second he was 2-0 up in the match. A break of 68 got Bingham on the score-board but Murphy regained his two frame lead in the next before the interval.
Murphy extended his lead to 4-1 after the break and looked well in control of the match. In the next he looked like extending his lead further but missed a long red to the top corner, his 56-0 lead wasn't enough and Bingham claimed the frame, after clearing up the colours.
The last frame seemed to really swing the match around and Bingham proceeded to claim the remaining frames of the session for a 5-4 lead in the match.
A 68 break by Bingham was enough for him to claim the first frame of the night's session and put Bingham 6-4 up in the match. Murphy claimed the next with a break of 52 and the following frame to level the match at 6-6.
The players continued to trade frames and with scores at 8-8 it was Murphy that made a great break of 120 to move him a frame away from the title.
Both players made errors in the next but Bingham manged to register 61 points before missing an easy red and turning the table over to Murphy, but he also missed a great opportunity allowing Bingham in to get the points he needed to force the decider.
Murphy potted a long opening red after Bingham's break-off but he could only register 24 points before running out of position and having to play safe. After both player missed pots it was Bingham who left a red over the corner pocket to allow Murphy in with what looked a great opportunity on a wide open table, but Murphy snookered himself on the black and was forced to play safe again.
After several safety shots it was Murphy that was forced in to a tough pot in to the top corner pocket, which went straight in. With a 24 point lead and the table wide open Murphy wasted little time in registering a match winning break of 47 for a 10-9 victory.13 Mar 2016
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