Cue Action – Selby takes Third Masters Title – By Will Vallely

Mark Selby claimed his third Masters title on Sunday after he defeated defending champion Neil Robertson 10-6.

Alexander Palace had an electrifying atmosphere for the beginning of the evening session in which Selby took a 5-3 lead after a promising afternoon.  His lead was then extended to a comfortable 8-3 advantage before an insignificant fight back from the Aussie.

But Selby always looked likely to get over the winning line.

The ‘Jester from Leicester’ only made one century break throughout the week’s play which incidentally did come in the final.

After his well fought semi-final match against Graeme Dott, Selby described his performance as ‘pathetic’. Despite not showing great break building, he has showed that his match play is in no doubt the best in the world. This Masters victory comes just a month after his UK Championship win in York, where he also never seemed to play to his full potential.

Selby becomes the sixth man to win the Masters on at least three occasions, he joins Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Paul Hunter and Ronnie O’Sullivan on the list.

Mark’s next aim in the game will surely to become a Triple Crown winner by winning the World Championship in the same season as the Masters and UK Championship. Only Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams have achieved this incredible feat.

Speaking about the potential Triple Crown, Selby said: “Everyone aims for the ‘triple crown’ but it will be tough to achieve.”

He knows it could be an even tougher challenge if last season’s winner Ronnie O’Sullivan decides to come back and defend his title. Ronnie has until February to decide whether or not he wants to return.

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