What a match, what a frame and what an extraordinary shot from yellow to green by Stephen Maguire to win it.

He and Shaun Murphy served up the match of the season so far as their China Open final went the distance in Beijing.

It always had the look of a contest that was too close to call. In the end, Maguire’s shot to bring the green off the side cushion and away from the blue was the match winner. He could not have executed it any more perfectly.

The final finished at 00.20am but most of the crowd remained in their seats until the end.

Well done to Stephen, bad luck to Shaun and roll on the Crucible!

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