Judd Trump thrashes Ronnie O’Sullivan to clinch maiden Masters title

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Judd Trump became the latest new name on The Masters trophy after a 10-4 rout of rival Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final at Alexandra Palace.

Trump, whose only previous major triumph came at the 2011 UK Championship, ended the long wait for a Triple Crown title by pulling off an emphatic win over the seven-time Masters Champion.

The 29-year-old stormed into a 7-1 lead at the close of play in the first session, leaving ‘The Rocket’ with a mountain to climb, and he duly secured the three frames required to scoop the £200,000 top prize.

“I’ve waited a long time for this,” Trump told BBC Sport. “It’s been eight years since I last won a big one and sometimes you start wondering whether you’ll win a big one again.

“This is like my local tournament and it is a dream come true.

“You are always surprised when you have a lead against Ronnie at any point. He looked sharp tonight – I had to be at my best to just get to 3-3 in the last session.”

Trump celebrates with friends (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

Trump came out firing with consecutive breaks of 89 and 87 to win the first two frames before edging a tactical third and making a 56 in frame four to extend his lead.

O’Sullivan got off the mark with a break of 69 but only for Trump to reply with a 66 break and dominate frame seven to make it 6-1.

A further break of 66 then saw the Bristolian ensure a 7-1 advantage going into the evening session.

O’Sullivan got the first frame of the evening under his belt but Trump quickly hit back with a break of 88 to edge ever-closer to the winning line.

Crowd favourite O’Sullivan rallied with a stunning clearance of 114 before a 68 break from Trump moved him to the verge of victory.

At the point of no return, UK Champion O’Sullivan fired in a brilliant break of 109 but could only delay the inevitable as Trump put the gloss on victory with a break of 53.

O’Sullivan, who suffered his heaviest defeat in a televised final since the 2005 Grand Prix, admitted: “I tried to have a go but it just wasn’t enough.

“I want to congratulate Judd – he played fantastically well. Seven-one down against most players you’ve got no chance, but against Judd it was nigh on impossible.

“Overall this year has been OK, but you are naturally disappointed when you lose in a final. Judd deserved his victory and it has been a pleasure to be here.”