Mark Selby became world champion snooker for the fourth time in his career on Monday evening. In front of 900 spectators, with which the Crucible Theater in Sheffield was completely sold out, the Englishman beat his fellow countryman Shaun Murphy: 18-15.
Murphy was still 5-3, but on Sunday evening Selby won seven of the nine frames. He did not reveal that margin on Monday. He was impressive in the 30th frame in which he came to a break of 120 with the balls ‘all over the place’.
37-year-old Selby previously became world champion in 2014, 2016 and 2017. With his fourth title he ends up in an illustrious list and equals the Scot John Higgins. Stephen Hendry remains the unthreatened record holder with seven titles, followed by Steve Davis, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ray Reardon (all six).
Selby, who can add £ 500,000 (about 576,000 euros), started the tournament as number four in the world rankings and is now rising to second place, behind the Englishman Judd Trump. Losing finalist Murphy eliminated the world’s number one in the quarter-finals, but was unable to crown his triumph with his second world title (he won his only one in 2005).