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Jimmy Robertson claims first ranking title at the European Masters

Robertson celebrates with his family (credit:Eurosport)

Jimmy Robertson became the latest first-time ranking event winner at the 2018 European Masters courtesy of a 9-6 victory over Joe Perry in the final in Lommel.

Robertson, who had previously never made it beyond the Quarter-Final stage of any ranking event since turning professional in 2009, defeated four previous major champions en route to clinching the £75,000 title.

The world number 36 enjoyed a dream start to the final, storming into a 5-0 lead before Perry pegged back with three consecutive frames to end the first session 5-3 behind.

Robertson secured the first two frames of the second session to stretch his advantage, and though Perry again reeled off three straight frames, Robertson took the next two to wrap up a historic triumph.

"It's what I've dreamed of since I first started playing," Robertson told World Snooker.

"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.

"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."

The East Sussex star saw off a clutch of big names en route to the final, including two-time ranking event winner Anthony McGill and reigning Masters champion Mark Allen.

He then went on to dispatch former Northern Ireland Open champion Mark King 6-4 in the Semi-Finals.

Despite entering the final as the underdog, Robertson made a dream start, compiling breaks of 65, 75 and 54 on the way to a 5-0 lead.

Perry, however, dug deep to claim the next three frames in a row despite no significant breaks as he clawed his way back into contention at the halfway stage.

Robertson edged the first frame of the evening session, and a 56 break from Perry proved insufficient in the next as Robertson cleared with 75 to extend his lead.

Perry responded with a terrific break of 106 and went on to add contributions of 59 and 60 in dominating frame 12.

The Cambridge cueist continued the fightback with a stunning break of 110 to reduce the deficit to trail 7-6, but Robertson responded brilliantly with a break of 54 and rounded off the victory in remarkable fashion with a break of 108.

The win sees Robertson climb ten places in the world rankings to 26th and also earns him a spot in November's Champion of Champions.


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