Chinese language teen Fan Zhengyi claimed his first rating title with a surprising 10-9 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan within the closing of the BetVictor European Masters.
The 21-year-old world quantity 80 held his nerve to edge out the six-time world champion with a assured break of 92 in a final-frame decider in Milton Keynes.
O’Sullivan had fought again from two frames behind to stage thrice, after which pulled again from 9-8 all the way down to take the match to the wire, however by no means had management.
Fan, who knocked in back-to-back centuries earlier within the match, duly closed out a memorable win and O’Sullivan was beneficiant in his evaluation of his opponent’s efficiency.
“He’s a incredible participant, good,” mentioned O’Sullivan on Eurosport. “He was the higher participant all day. I attempted to hold on and make a sport of it – which I did ultimately – however he deserved his victory.
“It’s nice for snooker and it was a pleasure to observe and a pleasure to play a future world champion.”
O’Sullivan was not at his greatest and twice complained about motion within the auditorium, first by a spectator and later by a photographer.
The 46-year-old wanted to dig deep to maintain himself within the match.
The primary 4 frames had been scrappy and shared 2-2 however Fan then struck out to say a 4-2 lead after breaks of 63 and 78.
O’Sullivan pulled again to stage at 4-4, taking the final body of the primary session with a break of 83, however twin centuries from Fan (135 and 100) early within the night restored his two-frame benefit.
Once more O’Sullivan clawed his method again to make it 6-6 as each gamers missed possibilities however Fan then took the subsequent two. O’Sullivan saved the match alive with a glowing 107 after which nicked a decent sixteenth body, earlier than the subsequent two had been shared to arrange the decider.