Australian Neil Robertson has claimed the 2019 Manbetx Champion of Champions title – four years after winning it in 2015.
He was involved in a high scoring, highly entertaining final with current World Champion Judd Trump, who was just unable to fall over the line in a final frame thriller 10 – 9.
The 37-year-old Thunder from Down Under was nip and tuck with Trump all the way as he led 5 – 4 at the first session of the afternoon’s play.
The boxing style encounter, where both men were knocking in high breaks in more or less every frame, continued right to the end.
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Robertson becomes the second man to win multiple Champion of Champions titles, alongside five times World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.
You can only dream and wish to be a part of a match like that. Means everything to have Mille, Alexander and Penelope to share it with❤️ thank you so much for one of the most amazing atmospheres the crowd created tonight. @judd147t absolute class with his words at the end👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/oygI1MKjTr
— Neil Robertson🌱 (@nr147) November 11, 2019
Judd Trump still on for treble this year…
For Trump, he said after he was obviously disappointed with not getting over the line and adding the event to his growing AND masterful CV, but that he was happy with how he played and said that Neil played the better of the two men on the day and deserved the win.
Judd still has the possibility of lifting the three major UK titles in the same year, as the UK Championship in York will be on soon in the next two to three weeks.
Robertson’s season has peaked at the right time with him bagging the 150K, what with his non-eventful start, and hiccups along the way so far.
Judd also goes to the Northern Ireland Open as the defending champion this week, with much good form so he will be looking to maintain that good form.
Robertson and Trump made 14 tons between them during the event, 8 of which came in the final, with Robertson making 5 and Judd 3.
That means Neil is automatically into the next CofC next year!