Judd Trump sees off Neil Robertson to win inaugural International Championship
World No 1 Judd Trump overcame Neil Robertson 10-8 to become the first winner of the International Championship.
Last Updated: 04/11/12 9:13pm
The 22-year-old Englishman, who topped the rankings after his semi-final win over Peter Ebdon, came back from 8-6 down to beat Australian Robertson and claim the £125,000 first prize.
After the first four frames were spilt, Robertson opened up a 4-2 lead with breaks of 51 and 41 in frame four.
Trump drew level with a couple of scruffy frames before Robertson took the last of the afternoon session with a 50 break to lead 5-4.
The evening began with a re-rack and then a cagey start to frame 10, but Trump took it with a run of 57 to level the match once more.
He nudged ahead but Robertson responded with breaks of 68 and 88, and a 73 after the interval took the Australian 8-6 ahead.
Trump looked to be in trouble when he hammered the black off the table having gone 22 ahead in the vital 15th frame, but responded to close to within one.
The Bristolian almost reached the century to take the next and then made 119 to go ahead at the perfect time with just one frame needed for the title.
He struck a swerve shot to pot a long red and then split the pack well but could only make 39. Robertson failed to respond, though, and another superb opening red and pink set Trump on the way to victory.
"It has been a great week," Trump told worldsnooker.com. "I dominated a lot of matches during the tournament, then in the final I felt the same but missed a few balls and that's why it was so close.
"Every time I play Neil it's always tough, he clears up nine times out of 10 so you've got to make sure you win frames in one visit. He put me under pressure and I went behind but I felt good in the last four frames and played some good snooker."