Mark Selby’s capture of the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany last night was another classy performance from a player now closing in on becoming world no.1.
Selby lost only one frame in reaching the semi-finals, where he recovered from 3-1 down to edge Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-3, employing his trademark steel under pressure.
In the second frame of the final, he trailed Mark Davis 0-70 but Davis went for a risky plant, left a red on and Selby produced a good 73 clearance to lead 2-0.
It was the key moment of the match and he duly went on to complete a 4-0 victory and receive the special trophy presented by Paul’s father, Alan Hunter.
Selby failed to win a televised title last season but he has already won two in this campaign, having secured the Wuxi Classic last month.
It is perhaps not surprising that he is thriving in this new era. He loves snooker, he loves playing snooker and he will play in as much as he can – wherever it is.
The fourth PTC was a triumph. Huge attendances in Fuerth once again demonstrated the thriving market that exists for snooker in Germany, where the fans are enthusiastic but also respectful.
They were treated to a parade of star names, some new faces and O’Sullivan’s magnificent 147 on Friday night.
Selby said afterwards that he hoped they could all be back next year. I don’t think there’s much doubt about that.