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Final: Ronnie O'Sullivan v Joe Perry - Part 2

Continued live coverage of the 2017 Masters final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Joe Perry. A maximum of 11 frames are played to decide the champion.


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good evening, it is a packed house at the Palace, 2000 people making

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their way into to enjoy this deciding session of the Masters

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final. Ronnie O'Sullivan is the defending champion and has known

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plenty of evenings like this. His 12 Masters final. But for his opponent,

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42-year-old Joe Perry from Cambridgeshire, this is the first

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time in his 26 year career that he has the chance of landing one of

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snooker's major titles. There are three of them, this is the second in

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the season. As an 80-1 shot, few people gave him a fighting chance

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but after this afternoon's opening session, he's got one now... In the

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first frame, it looks like the Rocket would take the opener but he

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missed this straightforward scull into the pocket, and he asked the

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referee to sort out is background noise in the auditorium.

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Joe Perry was not bothered, and it was one nil to the gentleman. Midway

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through frame two, Ronnie found himself 30 points behind. This

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chance went astray... And Joe cleared to go 2-0 in front. 2-0

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down, it was time for The Rocket to begin playing.

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This was his first brain taken of the final. In frame four, this

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misjudged attempt that Joe Perry and at the interval. -- the first frame.

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In frame five, the first after the interval, Joe Perry pressed home his

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advantage with a magnificent break, 115, the highest of the match. In

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frame six, Joe needed this red to go 5-1 in front, but he missed. Roddy

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Grant fully mopped up the balls. In frame seven, with Roddy sensing

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danger of going behind in this final, he pulled this off. In frame

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eight, it was not vintage Ronnie O'Sullivan. But this shocking miss

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from Joe Perry gifted him the frame. 4-4 going into the evening, and it's

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all to play for... ANNOUNCER: Please welcome the 20 15th grand final

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champion... Joe Perry! # Clap along if you feel like

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happiness is the truth # Clap along if you know what

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happiness is to you # Because I'm happy...

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# Pop along if you feel that's what you want to do #

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FUNKY MUSIC ANNOUNCER: And here comes the

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defending Masters champion... Ronnie O'Sullivan!

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CHEERING APPLAUSE

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So, here we go. A possible 11 more frames tonight, the first to 10 will

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win the ?200,000 first prize. He could step ahead of Stephen Hendry

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to get that record of seven Masters titles, whilst Joe Perry can take a

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big leap into the big-time as a major winner at last.

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Over to our commentators, it is poised more finely than it everyone

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expected? COMMENTATOR: It's an unbelievable

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reception. The crowd are still cheering...

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CHEERING An electric atmosphere for this

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final session. There is the beautiful trophy. Thank you. The

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ninth frame. Ronnie O'Sullivan to break. What a buzz for the

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players... Fantastic! Just sitting here, enjoying the walk on and the

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music... What it must mean for those players there, coming out to that

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rapturous applause and welcome. Nothing like the Sunday night

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Masters final at the Ally Pally... The question is, how much of those

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few frames that Joe Perry let slip away, how much can he forget about

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those? And have a fresh start again tonight?

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It is a pretty good safety shot. Knowledge from Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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Tapping the table. That was a thin one... What you call

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a fine shot. Those two people, that is Paul Hunter's mother and father,

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Christine and Allen, they will be delighted to be here, what an honour

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to have this Masters named after their son, who won it three times. A

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sad loss to the game, just 26 years old at the time, but what a player

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he was. He certainly was. A straightforward escape shot here,

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that is why Ronnie is coming off the escape cushion. Just a containing

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safety. He did well. Coming back down behind the yellow, a nice angle

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to come off those two oceans. -- oceans. He can play that one off the

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white, to get down behind the yellow.

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Another excellent safety. You need to be careful that he does not knock

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the red towards this corner pocket... But he has played it very

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well. I tell you what, we have had some cracking safety shot 's plate

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already. Who is going to make the first mistake? Might be able to

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sneak one in that is just above the black. And get the weight back down

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the table. You can see just enough of it -- black Mac. As long as it is

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not too thin. -- knock the white back down the table. That is pretty

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good... An interested spectator, for the

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first time that the snooker, Ed Miliband, I met him earlier on. He

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loves snooker, and it is great to have him here. The leader of the

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Labour Party for just under five years.

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Is that a fluke? This is a thin one. Not straightforward. He will have

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two hit it very thin... I can see with one eye, Ronnie Junior,

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watching his father. It is never easy to roll up behind

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the ball colour, Ronnie will be disappointed that he has left this

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opportunity for Joe Perry. That is a bit unlucky there, Joe... Seeing the

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red going over the bottom right-hand corner pocket. An easy starter, but

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the paint is tied up, and the black is awkward. How does he get there?

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Does he risk doing a cannon to get the blackout? -- the pink. He has

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the cue power. He can get the cue ball behind the black and take it

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into the same pocket... No. Trying to sneak past it... Just a safety

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shot now... Still a little awkward with that

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black near the bottom cushion tied up. This yellow... Switching hands

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certainly helps, but not this time. He does not miss many with his

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opposite hand. It is a cagey opening frame here.

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It was tricky to get a position there where he can come off the pink

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to get in behind the yellow again. This is excellent. A tough situation

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there, for Ronnie. He has a similar situation here, Joe Perry. He will

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have to Will Boyde the pink. Play a safety shot.

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He goes around. Not on the colour. If that bounces... I do not think

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that he can put the yellow in, though. It could be a useful fluke?

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Has he covered it? CLAPPING

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Joe Perry put himself into some trouble there. As he rolled up to

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the brown committee was frightened of not reaching it. He would have

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left a free ball, and hit it harder than he intended. And did not get

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the snooker. Gradually, the frame is opening up.

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There is a good length of shot. A fantastic pot. It would not have

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mattered if you missed the cue balls. Safe anyway, but an excellent

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pot. The yellow ball just comes off the side cushion. A yellow on the

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way... Ronnie O'Sullivan, one. A series of breaks at the moment,

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Dennis. Joe is a brilliant attacking player

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as well. But this opening frame could suit him, after losing the

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last three from 4-1 to 4-4. A bout of safety, that could get him used

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to the evening's atmosphere. There is the Alexandra Palace crowd. 2000

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people... It is just buzzing here this evening.

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Is there a gap between the brown and the green? This red over towards the

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pocket. Just about enough, but he needs to cue it well, though...

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There. Perfect! He made a break of 59 this

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afternoon, it was all over the table. So awkward. It was brilliant.

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Going back up the table, back down the table... He screws it into the

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middle... Foul. A little careless there. Getting into the screw shot

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with his left hand too much. A nervy opening frame here this evening.

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A great pot. Nicely held for the black.

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Nerves a little too far for this red among the top cushion. But he has

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the top corner pocket is available. Could go for the black or the blue.

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This red along the top cushion is very difficult...

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Look at those scores, four frames each, 14 points each. All of the

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fours. It's just been an awkward opening frame... The way that the

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balls went early on. Now you have all of the colours in pottable

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positions. An interesting tactical battle coming up...

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He had a quick glance at the red, to see if he can put it in off the

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pink. But the White is tight off the cushion but this opening frame is

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interesting, as the reds come out, into the table... Possibly sliding

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off this red down the left-hand side. Put the cue ball up into the

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jaws of the yellow pocket. Cover that up with the yellow, that is a

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possibility. Be careful, a simple shot that Joe played there. But a

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clever one, staying tied to the top cushion.

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That is about all he could do. The only thing is that he has left an

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easy shot for Joe Perry to send the red back up the table, and make it

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quite difficult for Ronnie. That is careless... I think that he

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has covered it but he did not want the red over the pocket. It is

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covered, as you can see. Needing to pull up a little bit...

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Does this red get to the pink? This could be a chance for Joe. Clearly

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going into the middle pocket, as you can see. Wanting the White tight on

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the cushion. Probably not as easy as it looked.

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Still fancying him for that one, though... It is one of those shots

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where if you do not get it clean into the pocket, it might have gone

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in, after the pink... Now he has been given a chance, I don't think

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he can win the frame in this position, but... The awkward couple

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of reds will be the ones that are right.

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If we can somehow get a nice angle on the. -- on the blue.

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That looks about perfect on the blue, a lot of top spin.

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CLAPPING Hmm, he has the white safe, but to

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take this pot on the white, we go dangerously close to the middle

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pocket. If he does not take it on and avoided, he could come back

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towards the black. There is the cue ball...

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If you can see enough of this red, you can pot it, with an even angle,

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and bring that extra pink into play. I think that he has gone too far, he

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is on the yellow now, he cannot do that.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan, three. Joe may try and knock this red that he is

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closest to on to the pink and the red.

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It looks as if this will be the longest frame of the match so far.

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We had a 22 minute 46 second frame, that was frame seven. This one has

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been going not too far off 23 minutes. But it was awkward how

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those high value collars went at the start of the frame. -- colours.

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CLAPPING It was interesting to see Ronnie

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after the session today, I saw him in the practice room with his

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friend, Damien Hirst, they were practising for at least one hour, I

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would say. Which is unusual, between sessions you want to try and

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conserve energy and get ready for tonight. But obviously still

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concerned about his tip and wants to break it in a bit more. And probably

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concerned that his highest break in the first session was a break of 58.

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In frame three. After his performance against Marco Fu,

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another day, a different game. But I think there's opening frame is

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much more important for Joe Perry, having lost the last three, just to

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establish things get himself back the lead.

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This looks pretty good. He has got the snooker behind the yellow. That

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black is helping because he can't swerve around the yellow, so he

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might try the two cushion escape here. He does not want to leave a

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free ball. Will Ronnie have a go at this pink now? In fact, the pink

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being safe, with Ronnie having the advantage, he needs that pink tied

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up. Just checking the monitor. For Paul

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Callier to get the pink back right. In the same spot. That's near

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enough. I don't know if that is left a bit, writer bit, I'm not sure. --

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right a bit. That is where it was. That is near enough. He needs a thin

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slick on this. It could cost him the frame.

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Ronnie did not see this coming. That first frame lasted so long. The

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balls dictated that. 30 in front if he was to pot black,

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37 in front. Black would need Joe Perry needing a snooker.

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I'm not sure about that. He didn't have to get on the red. The only

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needed the black but he played the normal shopper there, which added a

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bit more pressure to it. Yes, I'm very surprised. -- shot. He is lucky

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he has covered the red here, because he could be in trouble.

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It could have been so much more difficult to hit this red. Hit and

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hope for a bit of luck. He has got it.

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30 ahead, so Ronnie needs the red and anything above the yellow. Job

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needing a snooker. -- Joe needing a snooker.

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He just needs the red, doesn't he? And any colour above in order to

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win. Bit short of pace with the cue ball. A half chance. We know how

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good of a long potter he is, Joe Perry. He is going to need one now.

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Not quite sure what is going to take on. What it's shaping up to. It was

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very difficult. Very difficult. He played it in a very clever way. The

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possibility of always covering it with the yellow but still lucky.

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Relying on a bit of luck. It will be interesting to see... Is

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he going to try to get a bit of distance or just land on it? He is

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going for the distance. He has left the red upper. He could have easily

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nestled on the red. This red to secure the opening frame.

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He had a glimmer of hope. Joe missed the black which could have put him

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say. -- safe. Joe is thinking about it. He

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is staying in his seat and he concedes and Ronnie O'Sullivan

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carries on where he left off. It was a very long frame, just over 32

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minutes but Ronnie has taken it and that is four in a row and he now

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leads by 5-4. STUDIO: Significantly, for the first

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time he's ahead in this final having trailed 4-1 this afternoon. A

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palpable tension in the arena at there. Well over 30 minutes. Two

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shots to the middle pocket that both seem to illustrate the pressure on

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both of them, I would say. Yes, the first one was Joe Perry trying to

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pot of this. Under normal circumstances, he would have got

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that but there was a red over that corner pocket. This one, it's one of

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those ones, tricky on the black. The pressure, you want to play the shot

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but sometimes you don't need to, you need to put it in, but the first one

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Joe Hart, I looked at it and I went, I don't fancy this. If you know

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you're going to miss it, it gets magnified. When Ronnie O'Sullivan

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decides to pop the black and goes for the red commie puts pressure on

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himself by going for the red. If he parts black on his own, the public

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gets it. We questioned whether that was the right decision or not. Even

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the great Ronnie O'Sullivan looking back perhaps could have recovered

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with snookers but would have been over the line. He was trying to kill

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off the frame and did not think you would miss the back but it's a tough

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game. It's taken Ronnie all this time to get ahead because if you

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were not with us this afternoon, we were discussing the prospect for Joe

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Perry and very few people, had a hope of beating Ronnie. Ronnie was

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7-1 to win this match so they thought it was all over. It was a

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surprise when he left for- a wonderful soppy Mr very important

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red to leave 5-1, and since then, it has cost him. Joe is a higher ranked

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player. Number nine. Ronnie is number 13. But it's Ronnie's

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experience and his craft which stood him in such great stead over the

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last three years. Back we go. Versus frame ten. -- this is frame ten.

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Always handy, a few of those to get you amongst the balls.

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What can he make of it? Back open into the bottom left-hand corner

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pocket. This is a very poor shot from Joe

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Perry. Anywhere in the middle of the table, the pink, a couple of reds,

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into this pocket. Might just have gotten away with

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that. The red to the left of the pink. It goes over to the corner.

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But that is far from a gimme. Wasn't easy.

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You are not helping the players when you call out. Would you settle down,

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please. APPLAUSE

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Well said. You don't want one or two

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individuals shouting out on their own. It's nice to have a great

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atmosphere but you don't want people shouting out at the wrong time. It's

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not doing the player they are shouting for any good.

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That was some shot, that pace, wasn't it?

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You just sense that he's taking control now of this match. I think

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he needed that opening frame just to settle down again. He started so

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well. Could quite easily have won the first session 6-2. He probably

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was thinking that. He can't let this man get on a roll, the way he did

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against Marco Fu. Devastating. Didn't get the cue ball away from

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it. Had the red on the left-hand pocket as insurance.

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He has cued that are very, very well. He made it look ridiculously

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easy. The action on the cue ball, fantastic. Does he go for the blue

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or comeback for the black? Has he overrun it for the red to the

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left of the pink? There was a planned there and that has helped

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the situation. One thing for sure. This frame is

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not going to last as long as the opening frame.

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It's quite noticeable Ronnie has upped his tempo around the table, as

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well. One little cannon into these reds

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now. Decided to go for the loose red. Security, can we go to the top,

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please? There seems to be a medical situation.

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Just a bit of a disturbance at the top. A medic is required. Hopefully

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the person is OK. Ronnie says he wants to carry on.

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APPLAUSE 64 in front.

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Still a possible 59 on the table. At the snooker required stage.

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The referee has asked him to give it a few seconds. I think someone is

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unwell, probably with the heat in the arena. Exhausting. He looks OK.

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He looks fine to me. Yeah, no problems.

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APPLAUSE He has done a pretty good job, you

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would say. Ronnie, for the last four or five

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years, a different player. He is in a pretty good place mentally,

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Ronnie. I think he thought he had missed

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that red. A break of 68. He finished the frame

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off with a magnificent 56. Joe never really had a lock in in that frame

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and he continues on the march, Ronnie O'Sullivan. He now leads Joe

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Perry by 6-4. He's just starting to take control here. Joe is starting

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to feel the pressure quite a bit. It is a big, big Dave. His first time

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in a major. -- Dave. Those last couple of frames he let

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slip, he could easily have had a 60 lead tonight. Maybe he's feeling it

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now because of those few frames that went, going into any lead, he

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would've felt very confident but Ronnie, the way he started, OK, it's

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not a vintage and Sullivan, but he is certainly buzzing around the

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table -- O Sullivan. Played some amazing shots. There is one shot.

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You can see how well he's getting through the ball. Yeah, Joe Perry

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needs to get off the mark. And very, very soon. Yes, two more frames

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before the mid-session interval. Joe needs at least one of them to go to

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the interval and maybe get some practice on the practice table and

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tried to keep himself in this match now. So, a key frame coming up.

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Thank you. Frame 11. Ronnie O'Sullivan to break.

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Decent break off from Ronnie O'Sullivan. It has left the red into

:52:41.:52:49.

the bottom left-hand pocket. Coming down towards the black with the cue

:52:50.:52:58.

ball. Wow. That was a long, long way away.

:52:59.:53:36.

Joe has played so well this week. 6-1 against Stuart Bingham. Then 6-1

:53:37.:53:50.

against Ding Junhui. At the moment, that semifinal has taken its toll a

:53:51.:53:56.

little bit. To come back from 5-2 behind and needing a snooker to beat

:53:57.:54:03.

his good friend, Barry Hawkins, certainly takes a bit out of you

:54:04.:54:05.

mentally. And that is a poor shot. He has

:54:06.:54:21.

played some very good safety. There are just signs that he's losing a

:54:22.:54:29.

little bit of concentration. Maybe just a little bit of confidence.

:54:30.:54:56.

Tried to play a little cannon on those two read above the black but

:54:57.:55:09.

it just slipped past him -- two reds.

:55:10.:55:26.

I think all he has focused on now is beating Stephen Hendry's six Masters

:55:27.:55:36.

title. I think that's what he is concentrating on. He's not worried

:55:37.:55:42.

how he does it. He just wants the title so badly. At one stage, he was

:55:43.:55:47.

trying a little bit too hard this afternoon. If Joe can just get

:55:48.:55:57.

himself in with a decent pot, it will restore his confidence and it

:55:58.:56:01.

wouldn't be a bad time to knock this longer red in the. He can get on the

:56:02.:56:08.

black. The only red he believed is this one and it would be a terrific

:56:09.:56:11.

confidence booster if he could get it.

:56:12.:56:30.

Various one to the left. The pink and reds. Possibly into the right

:56:31.:56:43.

corner. That is the one he is looking at. Ride in the centre of

:56:44.:57:03.

the pocket. -- right. And that one shot, the new he was going to give

:57:04.:57:10.

himself a terrific chance. Yes, and he's got a nice angle on the black.

:57:11.:57:25.

Just play a little cannon. Tried to push one into the right-hand corner

:57:26.:57:29.

pocket. It is still OK. This is where he is so good, in and around

:57:30.:57:42.

the black. Small cannons into reds. His break-building is second to

:57:43.:57:43.

none. At the moment, those two reds are

:57:44.:58:11.

causing him problems. He would love to get the nearest one to the black

:58:12.:58:15.

out of the way. He can't do that on this occasion.

:58:16.:59:12.

There's plenty of reds in the open here, Dennis. Just keep the cue ball

:59:13.:59:21.

down. He looks to have got into a nice rhythm.

:59:22.:59:39.

Just overscrewed that slightly back to the blue again.

:59:40.:00:03.

Ooh! That is a lapse in concentration... Nobody had seen

:00:04.:00:12.

that coming. He was flying along, and suddenly, he lost concentration.

:00:13.:00:17.

If you do that in this game, you can miss anything. 55 in front, he

:00:18.:00:29.

should have secured third frame. -- that frame. It's time for Joe Perry

:00:30.:00:37.

to go to work at the Alexandra Palace. A chance that you were not

:00:38.:00:39.

expecting. Just running slightly out of

:00:40.:01:21.

position, previously. It always seems to throw away few problems up.

:01:22.:01:25.

This is a problem committee can pot the yellow but he will need an

:01:26.:01:32.

extension on the cue, -- you can pop the yellow. There is two from the

:01:33.:01:38.

pink that he needs to get into. He wants to get it past the blue. He

:01:39.:01:47.

needed a lot of screw on the left-hand side to get on this red.

:01:48.:01:58.

There is the screw at the bottom of the cue ball...

:01:59.:02:04.

Probably overdone it, but I think that the red will go into the right

:02:05.:02:18.

corner, as we show that action that he got from that, it was brilliant.

:02:19.:02:22.

Two overscrew it from there. He still has the red into that pocket.

:02:23.:02:36.

It is there. Excellent shot. He will play a cannon into that pink and

:02:37.:02:47.

red. It may have been bad contact. Looking at Joe Perry's body

:02:48.:02:53.

language. It looks like he got a kick on that. Let's see... Could not

:02:54.:02:57.

have missed that by that much. 44 behind 51, still left on the

:02:58.:03:38.

table. Just nestling into the red here. Not going to hit it, is it?

:03:39.:03:41.

No. He has to get it this time. He will be 52 behind with 51 left if

:03:42.:04:00.

he does not make contact with the red. Ronnie pushes the Green safe as

:04:01.:04:11.

some insurance. On his previous shot. This is to make absolutely

:04:12.:04:17.

sure of the frame. Just dropping it in...

:04:18.:04:34.

That pink might stop Joe Perry coming back to the table. Nifty five

:04:35.:04:45.

behind, 43 remaining. A snooker and a free ball -- 55. Joe Perry stays

:04:46.:04:52.

in his chair... Ronnie O'Sullivan marches on, leading Joe Perry by

:04:53.:05:00.

7-4. You have to feel that his challenge

:05:01.:05:04.

will be wilting as Ronnie O'Sullivan goes through the gears? If he does

:05:05.:05:09.

not win the next frame and he goes an 8-4 behind, it is curtains. As

:05:10.:05:15.

simple as that? Yes, and Joe's reaction from the black, it was

:05:16.:05:19.

immediate annoyance. I think that it was a kick. He did well to get as

:05:20.:05:25.

far as he did in the frame but it has been tough for Joe, as he was

:05:26.:05:29.

somewhere in front in the first session but it has gone haywire for

:05:30.:05:34.

him. Six frames on the spin that he has lost. Ronnie the entertainer, he

:05:35.:05:38.

says that he wants to win in style but he shows more maturity about

:05:39.:05:43.

being Ronnie the fierce competitor. That is what is taking over for him?

:05:44.:05:47.

It has been noticeable all week, shot selection bang on. A couple in

:05:48.:05:52.

other matches, against Neil Robertson he could have taken

:05:53.:05:55.

chances but he put the cue ball on the bottom cushion and said that he

:05:56.:05:58.

would take his chance later. Still in the event and you can entertain,

:05:59.:06:03.

if you have lost the match it is difficult! Now he is in front by a

:06:04.:06:07.

few frames, maybe he has more breathing space? You might see him

:06:08.:06:12.

move through the gears. I was one of the best entertainers on the M6

:06:13.:06:16.

after I was beat! He shows acceptance when things don't go

:06:17.:06:20.

wrong, he has patience and has been working... We mentioned Doctor Steve

:06:21.:06:23.

Peters, the sports psychiatrist with whom he has been working over the

:06:24.:06:29.

last few years. The aspect of his game there is so much better? It is

:06:30.:06:33.

chalk and cheese. You can tell through his demeanour, Dennis made

:06:34.:06:36.

that point in commentary, he is spot on and seems happy to be out there

:06:37.:06:41.

competing. He is enjoying this scoreline because one more we go,

:06:42.:06:46.

into the mid-session interval. Ronnie O'Sullivan is now three

:06:47.:06:51.

ahead... COMMENTATOR: John Parrott was saying

:06:52.:06:55.

that it is a must win frame for Joe Perry. 8-4, and his back would be

:06:56.:07:10.

right against the wall. Is that red going to pull up? Might be able to

:07:11.:07:17.

sneak it in. Going past the middle pocket slightly. Be careful it does

:07:18.:07:22.

not go off but it was another to the right middle pocket. That is a

:07:23.:07:26.

better choice. He can get on the black if you can pot it... It is

:07:27.:07:32.

there, a great shot! Decided not to go into the pack. He

:07:33.:07:50.

is going to leave the blue, going to the pink and the reds from the blue.

:07:51.:07:54.

There is still one from the black that will go.

:07:55.:08:03.

As you go straight in from the blue, you leave the red, pot the red, go

:08:04.:08:08.

into the bunch. It depends on how he feels. He is playing for the red,

:08:09.:08:13.

then into the pack, and if he can get himself away from the cushion,

:08:14.:08:18.

and be on pink or black committee is going to disturb reds and the pink

:08:19.:08:21.

year... -- he is going to disturb. He did

:08:22.:08:27.

not hit it hard enough, what does that show? Play the deep screw and

:08:28.:08:31.

open them up, make sure that you go back. He would love to have another

:08:32.:08:35.

go at that. This match reminds me a bit of the

:08:36.:09:49.

Scottish Open, John Higgins lead Marco Fu 4-1, Marco Fu 18 frames in

:09:50.:09:55.

a row. Ronnie has already won six in a row here.

:09:56.:10:38.

APPLAUSE Hmm... Possible pot for Ronnie here

:10:39.:10:51.

into the bottom corner pocket. Beyond the black, if it went in.

:10:52.:11:00.

That is brilliant! Fantastic. Beautifully cued. A great shot. If

:11:01.:11:16.

he tries to put it back he could miss that blew. See where he wants

:11:17.:11:22.

to Place the cue ball -- blue. If he tries to force in the blue from

:11:23.:11:27.

where the cue ball is sat, he could miss the pot. If it is right down on

:11:28.:11:29.

it... This is just a safety shots... That

:11:30.:11:49.

is much better than trying to screw back and missed the blue, and leave

:11:50.:11:59.

the red on. Look how dominant that kiss on the

:12:00.:12:40.

brown is. This red is OK. That is very good. APPLAUSE

:12:41.:12:48.

Joe Perry would be disappointed to hit the brown and leave this red

:12:49.:12:50.

into the corner pocket. Have to get that black on the spot.

:12:51.:13:12.

Just thinking, he has potted 17 out of 22 long pots which is a high

:13:13.:13:20.

success rate. But committee was trying to do what you said, but it

:13:21.:13:25.

has gone too far. He may have to take the blue. -- but, he was trying

:13:26.:13:32.

to do what you said. He really miss hit it. He was

:13:33.:13:49.

playing for the red to the right of the bunch there. Gray Ronnie

:13:50.:13:59.

O'Sullivan, 12. The safety is improved as well. Finding the

:14:00.:14:05.

cushion with more consistency, keeping the pressure on Joe Perry.

:14:06.:15:06.

That is a nice target, the brown, and the green. He almost missed

:15:07.:15:18.

that, just a containing pot, as you say... I do not think that he can

:15:19.:15:23.

get over behind the green and brown from this position. Tip on the baulk

:15:24.:15:27.

cushion, that is what he is after here. --

:15:28.:15:47.

tight. He was able to get over there, and he has played it well.

:15:48.:16:16.

That is a foul, and a miss. Can repot this and get on to the left at

:16:17.:16:25.

the back of the blue? He was on the blue, perhaps the

:16:26.:16:39.

black. Not the right side, take on the blue and get another read. A

:16:40.:16:43.

better angle on the black. Next shops...

:16:44.:16:47.

I think with Joe and this fast cloth, when you lose confidence, it

:16:48.:17:09.

is easy to overcompensate. When you play well, with the speed of the

:17:10.:17:13.

table, it is no problem, beautiful to play on but when you lose your

:17:14.:17:19.

stroke, that is what has happened to Joe at the moment. A few chances in

:17:20.:17:29.

that first session for Dennis, when he was leading 4-1. Doing so well,

:17:30.:17:40.

missing a couple of Lindes. -- missing a couple of balls.

:17:41.:17:51.

But, you always feel as long as your opponent leads two frames that you

:17:52.:17:57.

are in with a chance but he has two up his game after the mid-session

:17:58.:18:01.

interval. You have some time to think about it. The odds are, he is

:18:02.:18:10.

going to lose this one as well. He is not completely out of this year's

:18:11.:18:15.

final at the Masters but he has an awful lot to do and think about at

:18:16.:18:16.

the mid-session interval. Of course, Ronnie O'Sullivan is on a

:18:17.:18:33.

roll. He is such a hard player to stop. A great, tremendous

:18:34.:18:39.

frontrunner. Running of frames in minutes.

:18:40.:18:52.

It was 4-1 down committee is going to go 8-4, two frames away. And a

:18:53.:19:02.

seventh Masters title. It is his 12th final in 20 odd years. An

:19:03.:19:07.

incredible record here. He loves playing at this venue. He gets

:19:08.:19:13.

support wherever he goes in the world, but in the London area... He

:19:14.:19:22.

gets it especially. He is a delight to watch when he is buzzing like

:19:23.:19:24.

this. That is his highest break in the

:19:25.:19:46.

final, believe it or not. It is about winning the title which is

:19:47.:19:48.

what he is after here... APPLAUSE That is seven frames in a row for

:19:49.:20:06.

The Rocket, Ronnie O'Sullivan. 4-1 behind. He goes into the next

:20:07.:20:14.

session needing two frames. He leads 8-4.

:20:15.:20:17.

STUDIO: Since that 32 minute opening frame of the evening session, we've

:20:18.:20:22.

gone 11 minutes, 12 minutes, 12 minutes, and suddenly, there are

:20:23.:20:27.

seven in a row in this match... I wonder how much Joe's mind will go

:20:28.:20:30.

back to that session where he may have gone 5-1 up? Joe was in command

:20:31.:20:38.

this afternoon at one stage, 4-1 in front. He had a chance to have put

:20:39.:20:43.

the pressure on Ronnie O'Sullivan. He did not have to do much on this

:20:44.:20:47.

red, drop it in and it would have been a colour. There was a red on

:20:48.:20:52.

the top cushion to get, but he could use it as a springboard to get back

:20:53.:20:55.

into the match. He was struggling. There are certain points in the

:20:56.:20:59.

match where someone can just press an advantage. And maybe, just a lack

:21:00.:21:04.

of experience... I know he's been around the block playing but not

:21:05.:21:09.

major finals. That one incident, you can stand back and concentrate as

:21:10.:21:13.

hard as you can. It was important to have that parents. 5-1 and I

:21:14.:21:16.

guarantee you are going into the lead in the opening session. Big ifs

:21:17.:21:22.

and buts in this evening session, it could have gone anyway as well. If

:21:23.:21:27.

you have the chance with someone on the ropes, it is good to keep them

:21:28.:21:30.

there. If it goes wrong for Joe, he can go back and reflect on it and

:21:31.:21:36.

think, what if? Is that an experience or a question of

:21:37.:21:40.

experience? Is it the heat of the moment? You can argue that it is

:21:41.:21:44.

like seeing the winning post too early. A number of things. Did he

:21:45.:21:48.

just missed it? And not getting Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final,

:21:49.:21:52.

that's not a big help! He has a fantastic record. This snooker

:21:53.:21:58.

Masters is the second longest running event in snooker, going

:21:59.:22:03.

since 1975. I'm sure many of you have wonderful memories over the

:22:04.:22:06.

years, from Kirk Stevens's white suited maximum, to Mark Williams and

:22:07.:22:15.

the black ball frame against Stephen Hendry. That list goes on and on,

:22:16.:22:19.

but in this event, only the very best get to give their best. He was

:22:20.:22:32.

in his white suit, playing in a classic match. Donald Sutherland was

:22:33.:22:37.

in the player 's room. He came in and I thought, this is the first

:22:38.:22:40.

game you've ever come to watch and he is in a 147 double. It bounces

:22:41.:22:50.

off the cushion... It's not there yet.

:22:51.:22:56.

Get in! Lovely, super! Brilliant, brilliant scenes in a fantastic

:22:57.:23:13.

match. Never to be forgotten. # The crowd call out for more... For

:23:14.:23:18.

Jimmy to follow it up in the decider... It's probably some of the

:23:19.:23:22.

best snooker that you have ever seen.

:23:23.:23:25.

CHEERING 112... Words have escaped me. Van

:23:26.:23:37.

-- fantastic. My favourite would be the streaker, I remember thinking,

:23:38.:23:46.

this could be an embarrassing day with Ronnie firing on all

:23:47.:23:50.

cylinders... Not the Thunderbirds coming to my rescue, but the young

:23:51.:23:55.

lady who takes off her clothes in front of the boards, and bounce

:23:56.:23:58.

about in front of everybody will stop

:23:59.:24:01.

# I should be so lucky # Lucky, lucky, lucky. I could not

:24:02.:24:08.

see her face, let alone anything else! He put his hand on the

:24:09.:24:19.

umpire's forehead to calm him down. I don't know why that is the most

:24:20.:24:24.

memorable moment, but it is. We always used to walk into the

:24:25.:24:29.

conference centre over there. There was always a sports car on show and

:24:30.:24:33.

it was immaculate, gleaming. I thought, I would love to make a

:24:34.:24:37.

maximum here... People always say, I remember you one the championship

:24:38.:24:43.

there, but do you remember that Mr black for the 147? He must still

:24:44.:24:51.

have nightmares... Missing the pink... It bounced off. The

:24:52.:24:56.

disappointment... For him to miss the black. He wasn't in position

:24:57.:25:01.

once. Putting so many fantastic shots. Every time I see it, I go,

:25:02.:25:03.

cannot miss... That is painful! I still cannot

:25:04.:25:18.

believe that he missed it. I was down on the black, thinking about

:25:19.:25:23.

that car. And thought, how can I get it to Dublin? I didn't like the

:25:24.:25:33.

colour anyway! I will never forget when they started to introduce

:25:34.:25:38.

music, walk on music. And Jimmy White was playing Mark Kings. It is

:25:39.:25:43.

the Whirlwind, Jimmy White! I remember sitting up with the crowd,

:25:44.:25:48.

watching it. The place was heaving, and Jimmy got a wild card. I thought

:25:49.:25:54.

that Kings would be up against it. King came out to some sort of rap

:25:55.:25:59.

music. Doing the hands and all of that! It took everyone by surprise

:26:00.:26:04.

and shock. I think he was trying to dance with Rob Walker, the MC! He

:26:05.:26:11.

took it to the next level! Stephen Hendry, right down to the final

:26:12.:26:16.

black in the whole tournament. He never reminds me of it, ever! (!) I

:26:17.:26:28.

should have won that match. Playing that shot across the table. It

:26:29.:26:32.

rolled off, slightly. I remember playing that kind of shot, that is

:26:33.:26:40.

exactly what can happen. Is it in? No! It was far from a gimme. I did

:26:41.:26:49.

not hit it as smoothly as I would have liked. Then Mark Williams

:26:50.:27:04.

knocking the final black in... A tremendous cheer. Really deserved

:27:05.:27:13.

for him. What a wonderful feeling it was.

:27:14.:27:22.

1977... Doug Mountjoy versus Ray Reardon in the final. My very first

:27:23.:27:32.

bet on snooker was ?40 to win on Doug Mountjoy at 33-1, to win the

:27:33.:27:40.

Masters. They both played what we consider now to be average snooker

:27:41.:27:44.

but at the time, it was Power Snooker, they were knocking in 50s

:27:45.:27:48.

from all over the place. It was snooker from the gods! They put in a

:27:49.:27:54.

great pink, from the Boult area. To win. Barry Hearn, as usual, backed

:27:55.:28:03.

Doug Mountjoy and won a fortune! # Money, money, money!

:28:04.:28:11.

# Must be funny... I won 1300 quid, it paid for my curtains, washing

:28:12.:28:16.

machine and my fridge for my house. So, Doug Mountjoy? Thanks mate! Bill

:28:17.:28:26.

the cap lost his cap. He was someone who came to all of the matches, love

:28:27.:28:32.

snooker but liberty ever saw him without his flat cap on. Somewhere

:28:33.:28:37.

down the line in his excitement, his cap must have dropped off, and he

:28:38.:28:41.

went, where is my cap? We all collapsed in laughter, with a fit of

:28:42.:28:47.

the giggles. Nobody ever saw Bill the Cap without his cap. It all

:28:48.:28:51.

kicked off, we were up until past ten o'clock. What tonight we had.

:28:52.:28:57.

Fantastic memories, those two in that final were a combined age of

:28:58.:29:03.

85. This pair are combined at 83. It is younger. An interesting match.

:29:04.:29:08.

But I bet that young Mark Williams is texting Stephen Hendry as we

:29:09.:29:11.

speak... He has never let him forget it! He never will, they are still at

:29:12.:29:17.

it now! The two of them have always been at each other. Ken's miss on

:29:18.:29:24.

the black. He did not like the colour of the

:29:25.:29:30.

car? The look on his face! It is the best producing their best. It has

:29:31.:29:34.

produced magical moments over the years. Because you are seeing

:29:35.:29:37.

well-known players in all of the matches, not only are they great,

:29:38.:29:41.

but there are good memories as well. Great memories this week. You have

:29:42.:29:45.

been voting for your shot of the tournament, and the results are

:29:46.:29:46.

in... In the third-place, the positional

:29:47.:29:50.

shot by Ronnie. What is he going to attempt on the

:29:51.:30:04.

green? Something special? He is. Look at the action on the cue ball.

:30:05.:30:10.

What a positional shot that is, by the way. Oh my goodness! What a shot

:30:11.:30:16.

that is. To get that with the side around the angles, what a shot. In

:30:17.:30:25.

second place, Ronnie again. His phenomenal pot to get out of trouble

:30:26.:30:32.

against Marco Fu. Not often Ronnie thinks about a shot of this length

:30:33.:30:35.

of time but it's very understandable here.

:30:36.:30:43.

It was worth waiting on. I said he would do well to find a path down

:30:44.:30:54.

the table. And he is on the brown to get back up to the reds. But, with

:30:55.:31:05.

56% of the vote, it was shot J. Even ever got the right-hand side

:31:06.:31:10.

question, he could miss. The yellow, the green. Good luck! Good luck with

:31:11.:31:26.

this one! Great shot! What a shot! He practically got a standing

:31:27.:31:30.

ovation for that one. Congratulations to Joe and thanks to

:31:31.:31:34.

everybody who voted in this years shot of the tournament in agreement?

:31:35.:31:40.

All the snooker fans know the right shot and that was a definite one.

:31:41.:31:44.

The brown he got in the final frame decider was also a fantastic shot

:31:45.:31:49.

and the blue, in fact. That drama last night until 11:30pm, we were

:31:50.:31:55.

punch-drunk after that but it was a magnificent end to the match against

:31:56.:32:01.

Barry. It certainly was. He came out all right this morning so we can't

:32:02.:32:03.

complain but it's been a great journey for Joe this week especially

:32:04.:32:08.

coming into the tournament with very little form. It is still a

:32:09.:32:12.

waterfront crystal triangle both are playing for tonight, but whoever

:32:13.:32:15.

hoists it this year will be officially lifting the Paul Hunter

:32:16.:32:18.

Trophy. From this January, the Masters

:32:19.:32:34.

trophy in perpetuity will be renamed the Paul Hunter Trophy. In memory of

:32:35.:32:38.

Paul. I think, snooker fans around the world will appreciate that

:32:39.:32:44.

gesture to a great, great player. I'm so pleased that we corrected an

:32:45.:32:49.

earlier mistake of not naming something in his memory and of

:32:50.:32:55.

course, the Masters is the name. Keeping his name alive, this trophy,

:32:56.:33:01.

every time the Masters on, it will be called the Paul Hunter Trophy for

:33:02.:33:05.

ever and ever. I think it's great, I think it's right. A great character,

:33:06.:33:11.

great guy. Sorely missed. You don't want characters like that being

:33:12.:33:16.

forgotten. Affectionately known as Beckham of the baize commie became a

:33:17.:33:18.

hero to a generation. He was a great kid. Enjoyed

:33:19.:33:44.

practising. A terrific player getting better and better. He just

:33:45.:33:51.

enjoyed life. Had fun, wherever he went. A very laid-back character.

:33:52.:33:56.

Yeah, just a great personality. Well liked by everybody on the circuit

:33:57.:33:59.

and a great player as well. A fantastic player. He won it three

:34:00.:34:08.

times, and each time he won it, he won it from ridiculous scores

:34:09.:34:15.

behind. 7-2 down to Brian. 7-2 down to Ronnie O'Sullivan and I think

:34:16.:34:19.

you're 63 down in the other one. It set a difficult tournament to win. I

:34:20.:34:26.

remember the match, playing with him, 6-2, up, and it was mind to

:34:27.:34:32.

lose. I got a bit defensive. Against most players, you could probably

:34:33.:34:39.

scramble your way over the line but when he came out and started

:34:40.:34:44.

attacking me, a lot of bottle and he had the game to win the world title.

:34:45.:34:53.

He suited the modern day game or. In my mind, no doubt, he would have

:34:54.:34:57.

been world champion. There was no doubt in my mind he would have been

:34:58.:35:04.

world champion. Paul Hunter sadly passed away on October nine, 2006.

:35:05.:35:07.

Five-day short of 28th birthday. His family set up the Paul Hunter

:35:08.:35:25.

Foundation to honour his name with a mission statement to take snooker

:35:26.:35:29.

out of disadvantaged communities throughout the UK and celebrate his

:35:30.:35:34.

love for the game. Ten years on, having achieved so much, his father

:35:35.:35:39.

Alan and coaches and youngsters from the Paul Hunter Foundation are here

:35:40.:35:44.

in Ali Pali for a very special Masters. I think it could be a bit

:35:45.:35:53.

emotional. Is seeing all of Paula's friends and colleagues, it's going

:35:54.:36:02.

to be special. -- Paul. Such a great honour. A great tribute to his

:36:03.:36:07.

memory. And a great legacy for his daughter. He loved the Masters. It

:36:08.:36:11.

was his tournament in his time. Paul Hunter won the Masters three

:36:12.:36:26.

times before he was the age of 25. One of our objectives is to put

:36:27.:36:30.

smiles on kids faces, get them back into the game and ultimately, if we

:36:31.:36:34.

can get one of them to be a champion like Paul, it will be fantastic. And

:36:35.:36:41.

getting emotional now just talking about Paula. About the impact of the

:36:42.:36:43.

foundation has on young people's lives. In today's society, Paul has

:36:44.:36:51.

changed the life of 70 people. The final with Ronnie in particular,

:36:52.:36:56.

that's what I'll always remember, the Masters. We know he would have

:36:57.:37:00.

won the world title but he did the job and got the title and that can't

:37:01.:37:04.

go away now, it's on the Trophy. I might be a bit emotional. Would you

:37:05.:37:13.

please welcome Alan Hunter and the Paul Hunter Foundation players?

:37:14.:37:14.

APPLAUSE Gird on the powers that be for

:37:15.:37:23.

actually taking the bull by the horns and saying, yes, it's time to

:37:24.:37:28.

call it the Paul Hunter Trophy. It is sure to be an emotional day

:37:29.:37:34.

for the family. A day to celebrate a very special Masters champion. Well

:37:35.:37:39.

played. Champion, Paul Hunter! APPLAUSE

:37:40.:37:47.

Very special memories indeed of a very special man, and he won this

:37:48.:37:54.

event three times before the age of 25 and always in his comeback style.

:37:55.:37:59.

Whoever wins this this evening will have achieved that whether it's Joe

:38:00.:38:04.

Perry or Ronnie. It will be a fitting end to this particular

:38:05.:38:09.

final, but his legacy, you worked for the Paul Hunter Foundation, what

:38:10.:38:14.

would you say in edges? His idea was, to get kids to play snooker and

:38:15.:38:21.

I think he would be amazed at how long that has continued and to see

:38:22.:38:25.

the enjoyment that kids get. We give as many free snooker cues as

:38:26.:38:30.

possible. People from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the World Snooker

:38:31.:38:33.

coaches put their heart and soul into making sure what they do for

:38:34.:38:38.

them is good. It's a great community being built up and all the players

:38:39.:38:42.

when they are asked to do something for the Paul Hunter Foundation do

:38:43.:38:46.

it. Barry Hearn said they are writing a wrong this year. This is

:38:47.:38:52.

long overdue, the Paul Hunter Trophy, isn't it? Absolutely. He was

:38:53.:38:57.

a lovely lad. I a meeting at a young boy, a cocky lad with blonde hair,

:38:58.:39:03.

but in a nice way. He had a good personality, someone you really

:39:04.:39:05.

liked and all the players respected him. I can't look at his father

:39:06.:39:09.

without feeling so sad every time I see him because nobody should see

:39:10.:39:13.

their son go like that. We spoke to was mum earlier and she said his

:39:14.:39:18.

daughter is doing fantastically well, so hello. She knows it's a

:39:19.:39:25.

proud evening for her as well as the Trophy is handed over. Who is going

:39:26.:39:29.

to lift it? It's looking as though it is business as usual now for

:39:30.:39:36.

Ronnie O'Sullivan. The only hope is without the interval, it would've

:39:37.:39:40.

been 10-4, the way it goes. Maybe he could come out and some confidence,

:39:41.:39:45.

desperation, knock in a few balls but the way it's going, it looks

:39:46.:39:49.

like it's all over but you never know. From Joe's perspective, it's

:39:50.:39:52.

not time to throw caution to the wind but he's got to become pretty

:39:53.:39:56.

aggressive from now on in because it's very difficult to go otherwise.

:39:57.:40:01.

There's the vagaries of like in the game. When you consider all that Joe

:40:02.:40:06.

has achieved in this week, and this is no disgrace, way to lose it at

:40:07.:40:10.

this point, but he is still fighting and is in this. Also, this is

:40:11.:40:17.

fabulous experience. The first time, in a major championship final, he is

:40:18.:40:21.

playing in front of 2000 people who want the other fellow to win so this

:40:22.:40:27.

is an unbelievable experience. As we say, let's get back to this. There

:40:28.:40:32.

is a change of personnel in the commentary box. Stephen Hendry, John

:40:33.:40:38.

Virgo. How much life is left in this final, guys? That's the big

:40:39.:40:43.

question, Hazel. From what we've seen so far this evening, Joe will

:40:44.:40:49.

really have to pick up his game. He had the dream start, led by 4-1.

:40:50.:40:55.

Nothing to show for his efforts since then.

:40:56.:41:08.

There was quite a few murmurings backstage. He wasn't happy with his

:41:09.:41:14.

tip and was thinking of changing it at the interval, but I think the

:41:15.:41:19.

scoreline has put him off doing that.

:41:20.:41:41.

Much too thick. He's just not got his long pot curbing this evening.

:41:42.:41:50.

Sometimes that's all the chance you get.

:41:51.:41:59.

The is Alan and Christina Hunter. They will be very proud to have the

:42:00.:42:08.

trophy named after their son Paul. . Pot from Ronnie and just about on

:42:09.:42:18.

the black. He wasn't perfect on the black, but

:42:19.:42:47.

tried to get it. It goes without saying, Stephen, he

:42:48.:43:06.

needs to take every opportunity. Not that he has got one here. He has got

:43:07.:43:10.

to forget the school board, basically, hasn't he? -- scoreboard.

:43:11.:43:18.

Yes, it's just a hard situation he's got himself into. 4-1 ahead. If

:43:19.:43:29.

there's going to be in? Yes. He did miss an opportunity this afternoon.

:43:30.:43:32.

He could easily have won that session 6-2. Maybe a lack of

:43:33.:43:37.

experience in these big matches, I don't know. He went 4-1 up, and then

:43:38.:43:44.

started to show weakness. He should've started to show exactly

:43:45.:43:52.

the opposite. As John Parrott said, he will learn from this experience.

:43:53.:43:57.

Absolute perfect angle on the blue. Could not get the cue ball any

:43:58.:44:03.

better. Couldn't have been in a better place.

:44:04.:44:11.

Great shot. It will do his confidence the world of good if you

:44:12.:44:22.

could win at this visit. Absolutely. And particularly if he could make a

:44:23.:44:26.

century here. Nothing like a century. It proves to the audience

:44:27.:44:28.

you have your right to be there. chance. Looks to be screwing across

:44:29.:44:56.

to play the black in the same pocket as this red.

:44:57.:45:04.

In the end, he decided not to risk that and played the blue but he has

:45:05.:45:10.

played nicely. The only thing is, he is slightly on the wrong side of the

:45:11.:45:14.

blue. He would have liked to have stayed at this end of the table.

:45:15.:45:51.

When I suggested a play for the black in the same pocket as the red,

:45:52.:45:58.

the black is now not available in either corner. He will have to

:45:59.:46:04.

concentrate on the blue. No, it doesn't go.

:46:05.:46:12.

It's not straightforward. It doesn't go on the left hole either. So just

:46:13.:46:17.

a little bit of work to do. Perfect on that bed. You can always

:46:18.:47:06.

tell when a player becomes perfect. He deals with this blue now, nice

:47:07.:47:14.

angle. And now purposely playing for one of these threads, which will

:47:15.:47:22.

make the black available. -- these reds. But this time he's just short

:47:23.:47:31.

of a perfect position on the blue. You have to do is say that's a

:47:32.:47:36.

little bit careless. Just the wrong side of the blue line. It's amazing

:47:37.:47:43.

how often that happens. If you are too hard, you've got pink, yellow,

:47:44.:47:49.

green, brown. It happened so many times, you just take the shot for

:47:50.:47:57.

granted. He has put himself under pressure now if he's going to take

:47:58.:48:02.

brown. No, he's going to play the easy blue. He will have a tough shot

:48:03.:48:10.

now with the red. I would have been tempted to take the tougher Iran to

:48:11.:48:23.

get nicely on the red. -- tougher brown. Struck Bardwell. 44. --

:48:24.:48:31.

struck that well, 44. Good shot right in the heart of the pocket. So

:48:32.:48:38.

now just one good positional shot, it all depends on the line and

:48:39.:48:43.

length of this. If he can get perfect on the red, you think you

:48:44.:48:47.

could win the frame now the black is available.

:48:48.:49:03.

Remember, the black is only available into the left corner

:49:04.:49:08.

pocket. He won't be able to play for it here. No, back-up for the blue.

:49:09.:49:18.

He needs the angles this time. Not got it again. You can hear him tap

:49:19.:49:26.

his chalk on the side of the table. Frustration.

:49:27.:49:36.

If he takes the cue ball between green and brown, on the right-hand

:49:37.:49:43.

side, the side caution, bring the cue ball down between those four

:49:44.:49:52.

reds, that's what he has played. He was always going to be unlucky

:49:53.:50:01.

there. Yes, he's on the red Line now because I don't think he will risk

:50:02.:50:07.

playing for the black. At the moment, just 67 remaining. If he

:50:08.:50:12.

goes for the blue, he will still need one more red. I don't think you

:50:13.:50:17.

will risk playing for the black. It could go wrong.

:50:18.:50:24.

And, this time, 54. He's got what he needs on the blue. Just the right

:50:25.:50:36.

side of the blue line. This blue and one more red and he will have his

:50:37.:50:42.

first frame on the scoreboard. For quite a while. The red to go 59

:50:43.:50:55.

ahead with just 51 remaining. Well played.

:50:56.:51:51.

He really will be concentrating here on making this century. It's very

:51:52.:51:58.

important. He does not want to miss on a careless shot. 84. It build his

:51:59.:52:05.

confidence. Appreciation from the audience that he can clear the table

:52:06.:52:13.

here. And also he's got to think, Ronnie has not done anything special

:52:14.:52:14.

tonight. During the interval, there were

:52:15.:52:29.

rumours Ronnie was not happy with his tip and was going to change it.

:52:30.:52:56.

And there he goes. Hez slams are not black and that will make him feel

:52:57.:53:17.

real good. He is still a long way behind. On the scoreboard. But he

:53:18.:53:21.

has shown everybody here this evening he is up for the fight. He

:53:22.:53:26.

trails by three, 8-5. Ronnie O'Sullivan.

:53:27.:53:33.

STUDIO: Joe's dad Peter is thrilled with that one of. The record, this

:53:34.:53:38.

format, without the wild card event, it is 28, so we might get close to

:53:39.:53:42.

that, you never know, but regardless of whether we do or not, it's the

:53:43.:53:46.

fifth century of the week for Joe Perry and what a response. Seven

:53:47.:53:48.

frames in a row. A fabulous character. He has come

:53:49.:53:57.

back from the interval with a better attitude. He wasn't within himself

:53:58.:54:03.

there. He got his chance and the boys said on commentary, if you

:54:04.:54:07.

could make a century, that's great. In one visit, that's what is done,

:54:08.:54:12.

well done. The second century of the night. I like the ending as well,

:54:13.:54:16.

you knocked in the black with a bit of than. In a way, thinking of my

:54:17.:54:25.

own game, you've got to start having a bit of attitude in your game -- a

:54:26.:54:34.

bit of venom. Just get a bit stroppy Fulford it's all about me, me, me.

:54:35.:54:39.

If he can change... Don't worry, you did it! You said venom with a bit of

:54:40.:54:47.

venom, actually. He needs to go into himself and start looking nasty

:54:48.:54:54.

around the table. OK, I don't know if you can convey that to Joe. Three

:54:55.:54:57.

frames in it again. Although we are laughing, that's a

:54:58.:55:09.

fair point Steve made. That's what he needed this afternoon, when he

:55:10.:55:15.

was four up, that nasty streak, that killer instinct. He did not have it.

:55:16.:55:17.

Is it too late now? Lovely shot. Is it going to pull up? Not quite.

:55:18.:55:28.

Just an inch too far. Looks like a touching ball. That's

:55:29.:56:48.

what the referee, Paul Callier, has called, so back to baulk for Ronnie,

:56:49.:56:55.

because away from a touching ball, you are deemed to have hit it.

:56:56.:57:09.

Good length with the cue ball. And, in these situations, you don't mind

:57:10.:57:19.

being able to hit the reds. You never know, you could always knock

:57:20.:57:25.

one over the corner. Is it too thick? Is it too thin? And he will

:57:26.:57:31.

be bringing reds into play here, so he needs a good return. There is the

:57:32.:57:37.

red going towards the corner. Come and have a look. It looks

:57:38.:57:45.

mighty thin, though. Got it a mile to thick. You can see

:57:46.:57:59.

on Ronnie's face. He played the right-hand side. Just

:58:00.:58:31.

did not hit it well. Joe has just about got the angle on the blue. The

:58:32.:58:43.

red next to the black could part into the right-hand corner. I'm sure

:58:44.:58:46.

that's the one he wants to get to as quick as possible. -- pot. Good

:58:47.:58:59.

chance, this. Especially coming hot on the heels of making a century in

:59:00.:59:03.

that last frame. He should be feeling good.

:59:04.:59:20.

On this black, he has got to be wary he does not make contact with the

:59:21.:59:25.

red near the top cushion. He makes are certainly the pot. He

:59:26.:59:42.

would liked to have played where Stephen mentioned before. But the

:59:43.:59:46.

pot on the black was important. You just feel he needs one good

:59:47.:59:57.

positional shot. Pot this red and go round the back

:59:58.:00:15.

of the black. It's a tough shot. Playing for the black in the same

:00:16.:00:16.

pocket as the red. Excellent touch. Making it a comfortable chance in

:00:17.:00:54.

one visit. Straight screw back shot to the red, for the same pocket.

:00:55.:01:26.

He winds up just below the pink but he desperately needs the right angle

:01:27.:01:38.

for the blue, now. Well, maybe just about got it. He had like a little

:01:39.:01:49.

bit more angle than this. -- he would like a little bit more angle

:01:50.:01:50.

than this. It boils down to a good shot of this

:01:51.:02:21.

green. It's a good line. And it's an excellent length, that's perfect.

:02:22.:02:21.

APPLAUSE I would have been tempted to play

:02:22.:02:45.

the other red. It means you'd leave more room to get properly on the

:02:46.:02:49.

black. He's left himself with a slightly awkward angle.

:02:50.:02:59.

The advantage of course, he only needs the red. 62 points ahead with

:03:00.:03:11.

just 59 remaining. APPLAUSE He's on a roll, now, is Joe Perry.

:03:12.:03:24.

And back centuries not out of the question. -- back-to-back centuries.

:03:25.:04:00.

He has to think to himself how the scoring has gone in this match. The

:04:01.:04:09.

total points, Joe Perry is ahead of O'Sullivan. Out of the two players,

:04:10.:04:20.

he's the one that's winning his frames mostly in one visit. You've

:04:21.:04:23.

got to take confidence from that. That's a pity, but nevertheless...

:04:24.:04:54.

He's now just two behind. 8-6. STUDIO: He obviously heard that

:04:55.:04:59.

lecture on venom from Steve Davis. What a complete turnaround and what

:05:00.:05:04.

a very strange match. Its ebbs and flows. The intervals, if there'd

:05:05.:05:09.

stayed out of it, it would have been 10-4. His attitude has come out,

:05:10.:05:13.

he's hit the ball better than he's hit it in the match. His focus is

:05:14.:05:18.

totally there. The thing to turn this much around, he's got to play

:05:19.:05:24.

gnomish snooker and get some help from his opponent. The momentum

:05:25.:05:29.

shifts are difficult to explain. Joe isn't going to question that right

:05:30.:05:34.

now. And the change in attitude perhaps, the change in form is very

:05:35.:05:41.

marked indeed. Very impressive, the last two frames. Joe has played well

:05:42.:05:45.

when there's not much expectation on him, he's easier to play from

:05:46.:05:50.

behind. Even though those last two frames have been wonderful, I'd be

:05:51.:05:53.

far more impressed if he wins the next frame. This is the situation we

:05:54.:05:59.

found ourselves in. Not quite on the brink last night against Barry

:06:00.:06:04.

Hawkins. 2-5 behind against Barry and needed a snooker in the next

:06:05.:06:08.

frame. Got it and extraordinarily clawed his way across the line. I

:06:09.:06:14.

wonder how much comfort, how much inspiration you take from having

:06:15.:06:18.

come through a match like that? There's nothing better than having

:06:19.:06:22.

table time. He should be able to continue. If he gets the

:06:23.:06:26.

opportunities, he's had the last frames. 8-4 behind, 8-5, 8-6, you

:06:27.:06:36.

stop thinking, I'm back in this match. Can he play with the same

:06:37.:06:40.

attitude he's played within the last two frames? That's the question.

:06:41.:06:45.

Let's find out. Masters on Sunday night, you just can't beat it!

:06:46.:06:58.

COMMENTATOR: You know now that Joe stepped up his game. Still got a two

:06:59.:07:08.

frame cushion, has Ronnie. Since the interval, Joe Perry is just

:07:09.:07:10.

beginning to steal the show. He won't be the first player to play

:07:11.:08:01.

an aggressive shot. Ball spotted, 215 apiece. -- balls potted. Points

:08:02.:08:23.

scored, Joe Perry in front, pickers the frames that he's one, he's been

:08:24.:08:32.

able to win more of one visit. Ronnie purposely left him the chance

:08:33.:08:38.

to hit that one. He's left a pot on, here. Right in the heart of the

:08:39.:08:57.

pocket! Good cueing, that. Read at the bottom of the bunch will go to

:08:58.:09:05.

the top 's corner. This looks absolutely perfect.

:09:06.:09:20.

The reds just to the left of the bunch, excellent shot. The cue ball

:09:21.:09:37.

ends up back in the black cushion. He's got one to the right middle.

:09:38.:09:43.

He's got to do a little bit with the cue ball. Can't just drop it in.

:09:44.:09:54.

Catching the bumper, the corner pocket, has left his cue ball very

:09:55.:09:58.

close to the side cushion. Makes it a little bit awkward, now.

:09:59.:10:15.

One of these type of shots, if you can plot the blue, then it's natural

:10:16.:10:23.

to come off two cushions and play the red second night on the table.

:10:24.:10:28.

It still needs potting. Obstructed him beautifully.

:10:29.:10:49.

Once again, a trace of right-hand side on it and pushed the cue ball

:10:50.:10:57.

in. That's exactly what Steve Davis

:10:58.:11:20.

meant when he was saying he'd be more impressed if Joe Perry can win

:11:21.:11:24.

this frame. It's all right in the last two frames when you've relaxed

:11:25.:11:28.

a bit and you feel you're out of it. But that was a chance. To keep the

:11:29.:11:44.

pressure on. Maybe the red just below the pink is available, into

:11:45.:11:51.

the same pocket as the black. Just about on it. He'd like to have been

:11:52.:12:03.

straight on it. That was a delightful shot. Judged the cannon

:12:04.:12:07.

on the pink to perfection. I think he may just have one, to the

:12:08.:12:23.

left corner. He set up the last two frames and

:12:24.:13:06.

watched Joe Perry make 100 and a 90 odd. Ronnie would love to make a one

:13:07.:13:18.

frame visit himself, here. Karen between the red, black and pink,

:13:19.:13:26.

didn't get into the cue ball. Must have missed this red. Must have

:13:27.:13:34.

really wanted to leave. Does this go to the middle? It does. He knew it

:13:35.:13:42.

was running into the blue. The pot was more important than the

:13:43.:13:50.

position. And now the blue has gone in on track to win the frame of this

:13:51.:13:52.

visit. And the possible century. Damien Hirst, a great friend of

:13:53.:14:14.

Ronnie's. Ronnie always tells me he keeps him happy during the

:14:15.:14:20.

intervals. Always having a joke together. Has he missed it? Oh, he

:14:21.:14:36.

nearly did. It was on the jaw. How has that gone in, John? This week

:14:37.:14:40.

some balls have gone in which have baffled me. That's frame ball. I can

:14:41.:14:48.

only put it down to the speed he played it. Surely a bit harder it

:14:49.:14:54.

wouldn't have gone in. Joe Perry had a chance when Ronnie missed, but he

:14:55.:15:05.

couldn't take it. Ronnie would love to make a century, here.

:15:06.:15:34.

Well, there was a question being asked of Ronnie, and at the second

:15:35.:15:42.

chance has taken these really well. The standard has certainly risen in

:15:43.:16:05.

the last three frames. This'll be the first century of the

:16:06.:16:34.

match from Ronnie. He seemed breaks of 92 in the last frame, from Joe

:16:35.:16:36.

Perry. APPLAUSE

:16:37.:17:00.

What a reply from the Rocket! Just when it looked as though Joe Perry

:17:01.:17:04.

was getting back in this match, he's turned on the afterburner. Superb.

:17:05.:17:12.

Ronnie O'Sullivan now is just one frame away from a seven Masters

:17:13.:17:23.

title. 9-6. STUDIO: One frame away from back-to-back titles. His young

:17:24.:17:31.

son is in their, very proud of his dad. And, guys, we are looking

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potentially at a 17th major title in this board for Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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And his competitive instincts are showing through. It's his first

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century of the match. Vast experience, to break your heart a

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bit. With Joe's perspective. There were still a few reds open at one

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stage. He put in a great pink, smashed into the pack of reds and

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forced an angle and open them up enough to make it a clear-cut

:18:04.:18:08.

chance. He's such a great talent in all departments. Under pressure,

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other players would have perhaps tried to wheedle balls out there but

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he really tried to force the issue. You've got to cue those beautifully,

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to get any work out of the cue ball, it was virtually straight there.

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Kept the break going. A wonderful way to stem the mini revival from

:18:26.:18:30.

Joe Perry. Renaissance Joe knows he's got to win the last four. It's

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been done by Ronnie in the World Championship. He knows it can be

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done but he's not done it yet. The last victory Joe had over Ronnie was

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nine years ago. So, a long time. A mountain to climb to Joe Perry.

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COMMENTATOR: Decent break off a shot. Any time you don't leave a pot

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on... Ronnie is having a look at this end of the table. I don't think

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he can get to the potting angle of this red. I think he can hit it, can

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he pot it? Just had to play the containing safety. We've had three

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marvellous frames of snooker. It was a little bit scrappy before the

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mid-session interval. Since they've come back out, the standard has gone

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up many notches. Former leader of the Labour Party,

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Ed Miliband. He was chatting to Ronnie in the interval, telling him

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how well he was doing. And there, peeping through is Ronnie

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Junior. He's got away with it... I say he's got away with it, that red

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he's played... If Ronnie has got the right angle, he may play this red to

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the right middle. It all depends on the angle of the pot. Maybe he's not

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got the right angle. Maybe he has. Does it reach? Does it reach... It's

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always difficult sometimes, when you're very close to a ball and

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you're frightened of playing a push shot. He's left his read on. -- his

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red on. OK, maybe straight on the blue but there a red on the

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left-hand side of the table. He has to screw back an inch and he'll beat

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on that red. The black available into both corner pockets. A decent

:21:36.:21:39.

chance. I can't see anything available. He

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looks as though he's going to have to go into them, here. He's not got

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the angle to play the red to the top vision. He's got to fully commit to

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this but whatever you do, don't miss the black. Is he on this red? I must

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admit I'm surprised he didn't go into the pace there. He opens

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everything up. I don't think now is the time to play tentative shots. I

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think you've got to attack. Considering to play this pot and

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using a white -- a right-hand side swerve but this is dangerous. You

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play it more out of frustration, and it being the shot to play, he's held

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himself together and had to bite the bullet and play safe. A

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disappointing finish. Careless. Schoolboy error. And that,

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well, there's quite a bit to do, but could that be his last shot in this

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year 's Masters? It's not beyond the realms of possibility. Because

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there's one thing you know for certain, Ronnie O'Sullivan will not

:24:53.:24:53.

shy away from the winning line. Trying to rough the tip up, he's not

:24:54.:25:36.

happy with the tip. He's trying to press it with the groups in the file

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to try and get a bit of softness into the tip. He feels it's too

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hard, he's not getting the action of the cue ball, he's not getting to

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screw back. That's more like it. Aggressive shot. Great chance, now.

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Nicely played. All the reds he requires an now in pottable

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positions. It's a case of holding yourself together, now. He knows he

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can't afford a mistake. It's where the pressure's going to come from.

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He's been gifted this opportunity, he's got to take it.

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Is he on the pink? Did the cue ball just stop in time? It must have

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done. A little shake off the head. I think he's on it. He's on it. He

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just wanted to be slightly off straight. The other side of the pink

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to get nicely on the next red. That wasn't the best of contacts. He's

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going to have to play a tough pot here, to the far left corner. A 52

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point lead, still a possible 83 points remaining. That equates to

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three more of these reds needed. If he plays for the black, it's like a

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shot to nothing. Can't leave anything. It was like a shot for

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nothing but he should have got that. He knows it. He would pot that, nine

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times out of ten. That is a nice nudge. Covering the

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red. This time Joe can see the red.

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Ronnie would not mind Joe playing that. No intention of taking that

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red away from there. Another red safe here.

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He will have a chance to take the red away from the safe position and

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the cue ball behind yellow and brown. He just hit the red a bit

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wide. Now the way the reds are spread, any mistake, even though Joe

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has this lead, it could still cost him this match. He has to be very

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careful he does not offer up a chance to Ronnie. Great shot! What a

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shot that was! That will win the frame, surely.

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I looked at Joe's dad, he did not clap, he just shook his head. It's

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great! The pink will put him 67 points in

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front with 67 remaining. Just looking for the red and he is nicely

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on it, I think, to the left middle. He is looking at the one to the left

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corner, but the left middle would be my choice. This for snookers

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required. He is hanging on in there, Joe.

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Every credit. He has shown great character, Joe

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Perry. If he could just win the next game to get one behind. It would be

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interesting to see what would happen. Still that two frame

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cushion. Well he was trying to get the

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cannon, but it does not matter. Both players are going to leave the

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reader. Joe Perry brought it back to two. STUDIO: 42-year-old Joe Perry

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has tried for 26 years to get into the final of one of snooker's three

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major tournaments and what a performance he is putting up. He is

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learning a lot about himself. How is the situation changing as he gets

:35:07.:35:09.

closer and Ronnie has moved away? He was in -- impressive from 8-4 to 8-6

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but it is different now. If he wins the nets, he has nowhere to go. He

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can somehow, if he can play the superhero, he could get over the

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line. It needs help from Ronnie O'Sullivan but Joe has a chance. He

:35:37.:35:41.

is getting help. Ronnie missed a black, pretty straightforward. But

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then Joe had a cracking shot from the cushion. He could not hit this

:35:48.:35:52.

better. In the circumstances, fabulous. This is the form he has

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shown all week. Beating two class players. Stuart Bingham 6-1. Ding

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Junhui, 6-1. Coming back to beat Barry Hawkins. Ronnie is still

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unhappy with the tip that was put on yesterday in dramatic circumstances

:36:12.:36:14.

in the semifinal against Marco Fu. It would appear that the tip put on

:36:15.:36:22.

was very hard, as well. But a very hard tip quickly becomes a very hard

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tip. He is back to square one. This is why he was trying to soften it up

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a bit. He will need help Ronnie. Ronnie will not need many chances to

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get over the line and so Joe cannot make too many mistakes. He has

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breathing space as long as he keeps up the pressure and does not miss

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any easy ones. Joe Perry still has it all to do, but my goodness, what

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a great fight. He has shown brilliant character in his first

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major final. If he could just win this one, boy, would it get

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interesting. We have known some very dramatic nights at the Masters

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finals before. Paul Hunter, the man after whom the trophy has been

:37:12.:37:15.

renamed was the master of it all, three times he came back. Huge

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deficits. I wonder if there is a sting in the tail here tonight, as

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well. Back we go. No pot left for Joe here. In the

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last frame, Ronnie had a chance to clinch frame and match. Unlike him,

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he missed a black from the spot. Oh, that makes a difference. Is he

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on a baulk colour? He is, yellow or green. You cannot beat a bit of

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luck. Can he take advantage? What a time of the match this would

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be to start getting a good run of the ball.

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He put the red into the right-hand side of the pocket which is why the

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cue ball has travelled too far. I'm not sure he played for this red

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at the back of the pack. I think he played for an open red but it looks

:39:09.:39:13.

as if he can see enough of it to pot it and from the potting angle, can

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he reach? He played it nicely. Not the best position shot, in all

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honesty. It means he has more to do with the cue ball.

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But not too much. I didn't realise the pink went.

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So now a good angle needed. It depends where the pink goes. Does it

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go of it spot? -- on its spot. He would prefer to play for the blue? I

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think so, looking at the shape of the reds. If you place for the

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black, there is only one red to hit, really. He is playing for the black.

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Oh, dear. We will give him the benefit of the doubt and say it was

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a massive bounce off the cushion. I cannot believe he has overhit it

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that much. I still think he should have gone up for the blue.

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This is a strange choice, the spider. He could have run off the

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black the other side and come off the cushion.

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He will be opening the reds, so he will need a good cue ball.

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He has not got one. Hitting the baulk colour in the face. Never

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good. Right in the middle. I think he has

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a couple of reds that go to the left corner.

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They looked tight. It may go to the same pocket as the black. Obviously

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it does. He has finished low, not deliberately, I am sure, so he will

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be disturbing some reds here. He could have done without the flick

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on the blue. If he had, he would be nicely on the brown. You fancy him

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potting yellow but it is getting the rest between the blue and the white.

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It makes it awkward. The last thing you need on the vital pot is any

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distraction. He has to put all his attention into

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this pot. This could definitely be his last shot if he misses the

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yellow. He left the rest on the table and he

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has picked it up. As the yellow come to his rescue? REFEREE: Settle down,

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please. I do not think he has left anything, nothing that will tempt

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Ronnie. The safety shot, trying to get the cue ball in behind the

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green. That yellow for Joe Perry would have been no problem

:45:19.:45:23.

whatsoever, could he have put the rest in the normal position, but,

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awkward as it was, and how he missed it, he was lucky not to leave

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anything. He was lucky to have missed the yellow by so far, which

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is why he did not leave the red. There we go. The red to the left of

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the yellow is available. But, with Ronnie 39 points behind, pressure,

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he needs to get it. But not an easy red. Ronnie just

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smiling, I do not think he is smiling because he is happy. At the

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minute, Ronnie O'Sullivan looks like he needs to fall over the line. Oh,

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Joe. You feel this is what Ronnie was

:46:36.:46:57.

looking for, and ICC starter. -- and easy starter. He has landed perfect

:46:58.:47:07.

on the blue. He will have the red on the left-hand side cushion to

:47:08.:47:10.

contend with if he is going to win the frame and match at this visit.

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He needs to really focus here, Ronnie.

:47:25.:47:30.

He played that well. Almost straight. He forced it into the top

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cushion. A good positional shot. Joe Perry will be sitting there

:47:37.:47:59.

wondering if he will ever get back to the table. He will be hoping, as

:48:00.:48:06.

well, the red on the left-hand side cushion, the one that Ronnie just

:48:07.:48:14.

glanced at, could be his saviour. He will be pinning his hopes on the

:48:15.:48:16.

red. This is clever. He is purposefully

:48:17.:48:40.

playing for the yellow, to get it on its spot because if he can get on

:48:41.:48:44.

the yellow, it will be a nice cannon to disturb the red on the left-hand

:48:45.:48:48.

side cushion. Talking about looking four shots ahead.

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Having said that, he has not got the angle on the red to play for the

:48:57.:49:02.

yellow, which I think was in his mind.

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He has played for the yellow. It needs to slow down. He can get to

:49:09.:49:20.

the yellow. And off the yellow he can disturb the red. What a snooker

:49:21.:49:30.

brain this man has got. Well, just caught the red too thin. But to even

:49:31.:49:31.

think of it. Still three points adrift. Whoever

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puts this red, you feel, will win the frame. It will not be Ronnie at

:49:50.:49:51.

this visit. Not got the snooker. But it is safe

:49:52.:50:00.

enough. If he is playing the up and down he

:50:01.:51:05.

will have to avoid the double-kiss. I thought when he got down quick, I

:51:06.:51:10.

thought it is not as straightforward as that. Beware the double-kiss.

:51:11.:51:25.

Well, in making certain he did not get the double-kiss, he did not play

:51:26.:51:31.

the best safety. I do not think he has left a pot on but he could get

:51:32.:51:38.

the initiative here, in the tactical battle, Joe Perry. For me, whoever

:51:39.:51:45.

pots this red will win the frame. He might have rolled up the cue ball

:51:46.:51:52.

behind the pink. There is pressure on every shot Joe

:51:53.:52:24.

Perry plays. Every shot could be his last.

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Yes, the point of no return. And this is a big ask, to get this safe.

:52:31.:52:43.

You always think in these situations if you can leave distance between

:52:44.:52:47.

the cue ball and the object ball, it might make it too difficult for your

:52:48.:52:52.

opponent. But so many things can go wrong here.

:52:53.:53:11.

Well, under the circumstances, that is a pretty good shot. Just

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concentrating on making sure of getting the red say. -- save.

:53:18.:53:28.

He did not want a kiss on the blue. Can Joe get through to the potting

:53:29.:53:41.

angle? Just looking at his body language, maybe he can just hit

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enough of the red. No, he is playing safe.

:53:47.:53:53.

He avoided the kiss on pink and blue. But he has not got the

:53:54.:54:02.

snooker. He has got it safe. Ronnie will try to get the cue ball in

:54:03.:54:09.

behind green and brown. You feel if somebody could lay a snooker here,

:54:10.:54:14.

they would be a big favourite for the frame. Not quite the line, but a

:54:15.:54:16.

good length. Again, all he could do was

:54:17.:54:47.

concentrate on getting the object ball safe.

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Overhit it. This red does cut. It is thin. He may consider the safety the

:54:59.:55:11.

easier option, but it definitely cuts. The only problem, they cut so

:55:12.:55:19.

thin, if you missed it, you tend to leave it over the pocket. Where's

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the cue ball going? O. If it goes in, match over. Fractions.

:55:31.:55:52.

I think Ronnie caught that too thick, to say the least. I still

:55:53.:56:08.

maintain whoever potss this red wins this frame and Joe Perry is taking

:56:09.:56:10.

it on. Close. Is he going to leave it? I

:56:11.:56:25.

think he has. Has the brown come to his rescue? I don't think it has.

:56:26.:56:36.

He can pot that. Ronnie can get through to this red. So here is the

:56:37.:56:45.

chance. For frame and match. This yellow will make the points all

:56:46.:57:08.

square. He could have played it better.

:57:09.:57:24.

You would have to say for most of the tournament he has been far from

:57:25.:57:31.

his best but what he has shown is the phenomenal will to win. Once

:57:32.:57:43.

again, not the best positional shot. But a tremendous pot. The blue will

:57:44.:57:57.

put him 14 points in front with just 13 remaining.

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In it goes. He has developed the pink. This is a big moment for

:58:03.:58:13.

Ronnie to break Stephen Hendry's record of six Masters titles. He has

:58:14.:58:21.

taken the tip off. He did not like it. Joe Perry says congratulations.

:58:22.:58:29.

Joe Perry, boy, did he play hard tonight, absolutely brilliant. He

:58:30.:58:33.

knew in the middle of the match he did not perform as he would have

:58:34.:58:37.

liked. Ronnie O'Sullivan, takes the tip off and throws it to the floor.

:58:38.:58:42.

Puts his cue on the table but he will be delighted when he reflects

:58:43.:58:47.

on this because, for the seventh time, he is the Masters champion.

:58:48.:58:53.

Congratulations. There is younger Ronnie getting a hug. He beats Joe

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Perry 10-7. STUDIO: Ronnie is celebrating. Let me grab a word with

:59:06.:59:13.

our gallant runner-up. Joe, what a week, what a performance, you prove

:59:14.:59:16.

yourself this week with the fantastic run to the final and the

:59:17.:59:21.

way you performed. I proved a lot. I proved there is life left in me and

:59:22.:59:25.

it has given me believed to keep plugging away and try to win a big

:59:26.:59:30.

one. He is a tough man to stay in front of? I got him on a good day.

:59:31.:59:39.

He did not get into full flow. I lost my way at 4-1 and lost it a

:59:40.:59:43.

little bit. 8-4 down I thought sod it, and I will go for it again. I

:59:44.:59:50.

had my chances. Fair play to Ronnie. CHEERING. Joe, it has taken you 26

:59:51.:59:58.

years of your career to get to one of these finals. It has had me no

:59:59.:00:06.

end of taste. This crowd has been amazing and when I stand on those

:00:07.:00:10.

steps, every time my stomach goes, I feel sick, but it is a great feeling

:00:11.:00:14.

and that is what you take the game up for, nights like these. Joe

:00:15.:00:16.

Perry. CHEERING. Ladies and gentlemen, your winner

:00:17.:00:28.

for the seventh time, Ronnie, how tough did Joe make it for you today?

:00:29.:00:35.

Joe played a brilliant tournament. A really good match. He should have

:00:36.:00:41.

beaten me today. I really got lucky. He's going to come again and he's

:00:42.:00:46.

going to win tournaments. The way he's played, he's a tough, tough

:00:47.:00:50.

competitor. I'm just relieved to have got over the line. I've had a

:00:51.:00:54.

great week, the fans have been unbelievable. CHEERING

:00:55.:01:04.

I've really enjoyed the week. Today was a test. This whole week has been

:01:05.:01:10.

a test. Not just for snooker reasons... There's no one beside

:01:11.:01:18.

you, there's no one in front of you. It's just you out on your own with

:01:19.:01:23.

seven Masters titles now, that must be a wonderful feeling. CHEERING

:01:24.:01:31.

APPLAUSE Listen, it's great to get some

:01:32.:01:36.

records. There's still the World Championships to get. I'll try and

:01:37.:01:41.

make that one as well! Listen, when I was young I was just happy to have

:01:42.:01:50.

won one. To have won seven, someone must be up there looking after me.

:01:51.:01:54.

I'm not greedy, I just appreciate every opportunity I get to come out

:01:55.:01:59.

here and play in front of these fantastic people. Finally, ladies

:02:00.:02:04.

and gentlemen, I know that you will appreciate was about to happen.

:02:05.:02:08.

You're about to lift the Paul Hunter Trophy. You've done this in a

:02:09.:02:13.

comeback style Paul would have approved of. What kind of honour is

:02:14.:02:18.

that for you tonight? I won the Paul Hunter classic in Germany, that

:02:19.:02:23.

meant so much to me. A player of Paul's stature and what he did in

:02:24.:02:28.

the game, he deserves to have his name on a tournament like this.

:02:29.:02:32.

APPLAUSE He'll never be forgotten. All the

:02:33.:02:38.

players love him. If he's up there, you are there in our hearts and our

:02:39.:02:43.

minds and we'll love you. Well said, you are champion for a seventh time.

:02:44.:02:46.

Ronnie O'Sullivan. APPLAUSE Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome

:02:47.:02:57.

your presentation party. APPLAUSE Ladies and gentlemen, your

:02:58.:03:17.

runner-up, what a fantastic week it has been. Collecting a cheque for

:03:18.:03:23.

?90,000 and some fantastic memories, Joe Perry! APPLAUSE

:03:24.:03:41.

And the winner, receiving a cheque for ?200,000, the Trophy and the

:03:42.:03:51.

title 2017, Masters champion Ronnie O'Sullivan! APPLAUSE

:03:52.:04:04.

Once again, ladies and gen -- ladies and gentlemen, your champion Ronnie

:04:05.:04:21.

O'Sullivan! The 17th major title of his career, a seventh Masters.

:04:22.:04:25.

Ronnie confirming he's still got a seventh world title on his mind. He

:04:26.:04:30.

says he doesn't care about these records? A fantastic achievement. He

:04:31.:04:38.

now owns the outright lead in one of snooker's three major titles. He's

:04:39.:04:41.

been chasing you and Stephen Hendrie all of his career. This is a really

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significant moment for him. It proves how great a player he is. I

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know he what hasn't won as many were championships as Stephen Hendrie but

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in a modern-day error his five is a worthy record in itself. To win

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seven Masters, he's made this event his own. He's produced so much

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astonishing snooker in such an entertaining way as well. It was

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1999 the last time one of the snooker majors was owned outright.

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This is a serious point of history for the snooker watchers amongst us.

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Very much so, Hazel. It's fitting that is him. He's a local boy, his

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performances have been nothing short of spectacular. To be in 12 finals

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is an unbelievable record. He's an absolute class act. Despite the fact

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he wasn't at his best, and he wasn't today, his application and attitude

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has been spot-on. He was a deserved winner. The fact that he wasn't at

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his best, he's still capable of winning an event, augurs well for

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the future for Ronnie O'Sullivan should he wish to carry on playing.

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It's not like he's got to be fit to the floor all the time to win the

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events. He's still got something in the locker. That's a significant

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point. He started the week saying he wanted to be the Lionel Messi of

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snooker and he's entered it more or less the Roy Keane, that fearsome

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spirit coming through the whole time. You could tell by his shot

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selection this week, for people who play the game, refusing shots and

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playing the safety and waiting and being patient, trying to trap his

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opponent. He found the way to win this week and that was impressive.

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Does that bode well for the World Championships? I think so. The

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Masters seeking better. It's a shorter format and we'll struggle

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and have done in the past with the longer format. He can take a lot of

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confidence from this. As a joke, I asked whether it had given him a

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taste for more at the age of 42. What a fantastic landmark

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achievement for him to night. It makes two people to make a great

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final. Earlier when I said it toughened him up, I meant to say it

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made him more streetwise. His first major final, he had a fish on a hook

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and he let it go. When he looks back, he'll learn from that. The

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next snooker on the BBC is on BBC Two Wales from the 13th of February.

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It is the Welsh Open. Ronnie with another title to defend in Cardiff.

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Before you know it, The Crucible will be beckoning again. The 40th

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anniversary year of the World Championship in Sheffield. 15th of

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April is the start date for the annual 17 day marathon. That is it

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from Alexandra Palace and will leave you with Ronnie O'Sullivan in

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seventh heaven. Goodbye from us all here.

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The Robshaws are going back in time again.

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The conclusion of the 2017 Masters final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Joe Perry.

A maximum of 11 frames are played to decide the champion and the winner of the £200,000 first prize.

Hazel Irvine presents.