2015 German Masters (the final) - Selby lives German dream

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Mark Selby - the 2015 German Masters champion
Mark Selby beat Shaun Murphy by 9-7 to lift this year's German Masters trophy and regain his world number one spot. The victory is even more important since Selby had to comeback from a 5-2 deficit.

In a fully packed Tempodrom arena from the beautiful city of Berlin, Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy crossed their cues into a snooker duel that soon would prove to have it all: terrific shots, comebacks, drama, win on the last black, inexplicable misses and so on.

The first frame was a scrappy affair which lasted almost half an hour and saw its fate decided by the colours, which Selby potted and to which the Smurf responded with a solid 72 break.

Selby regained his leading position at 2-1 with runs of 44 and 53, but what happened next was a classical case of full Murphy domination as the player used a myriad of breaks like 130, 118 and 51 to go 5-2 up.

Shaun Murphy - the 2015 German Masters runner-up
One more frame was going to be played this session and Selby knew how important it was. So even if Murphy led by 62-8, "The Jester" performed an outstanding clearance of 62 points to pulls back a frame.

The evening session kicked off with an incredibly focused and merciless Selby who practically stormed in and took no less than four frame in a row! Brilliant stuff!

The change of guards started with a great 92 clearance followed by breaks of 52, 32, 93 and 60 to go 7-5 up. He was aiming for the title!

But Murphy wasn't going to make it easy for the Leicester-man, so thanks to an early fluke he build himself a nice and steady 80 break and won the 14th frame on the black. It was 7-7. Game on!

A tense 15th frame saw Selby getting ahead as a top break of 41 and a few more scattered mini-breaks left his opponent in need of two snookers, while the next one was conquered with runs of 51 and 30 for a decisive 9-7 victory.

Selby posing next to Barry Hearn and the sponsor of the GM
After the match Shaun, as always gracious in defeat, joked about the fact that "those four frames from the beginning of the second session weren't in my script" but admitted sincerely that the man "is a world champion and we are lucky to have him".

At the opposite corner, the newly crowned champion stated that although he came from a pool tournament in China and suffered from jet-lag at the start of the German Masters, he began to feel a lot better later on and gave his best to win this competition.

So, after five days of great snooker our German journey ends with the reigning world champion who despite the fact that hasn't had the best of seasons, proved us all that he is ... well, a genuine champion no less.