Hamilton wins German Masters

00:27:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Anthony Hamilton beat Ali Carter 9-6 to win the 2017 German Masters, but most importantly his first even ranking title in 26 years as a professional snooker player.

"The Sheriff of Pottingham" had a difficult draw, having to face the likes of Mark Williams, Mark Selby, Barry Hawkins and Stuart Bingham until reaching the final. Not that his last opponent was an easy one to deal with, by any chance.

The first session was clearly dominated by Carter who was sure to win the first three frames before Hamilton could respond and conquer the following two and trail 3-2.

However, breaks of 100 and 54 were pushing "The Captain" at 5-2 up, Anthony just managing to wrap up a 56 to close the session just two frames behind.

But when the lads returned for their final snooker rendez-vous, we saw a very, very different Hamilton!

Breaks of 49 and 118 were drawing level at five apiece, where a 73, 74 and a 70 were throwing Hamilton just one away from victory, at 8-5. This was pure gold!

Carter fought back with runs of 41 and 42 to prolong the suspense, but in the end "The Sheriff" closed the deal with a beautiful 57.

Clearly over the moon with joy, Anthony barely found the words to describe his feelings about the victory and even had trouble when receiving the trophy. He later said that it was the first time so he didn't even know what to do with it.

Interestingly enough, for a player that was so close to drop out of the Main Tour a few time go, Hamilton stated that what made the difference and put him back on track was "confidence". Gotta admit is something that gets so overlooked these days, doesn't it?

As for his opponent, Carter showed the same style and elegance as ever, congratulating his opponent and saying that he really looks forward to the next tournament, which is of course The World Grand Prix.

See you in Preston, snooker lovers!

Photos credit: World Snooker