I thought John Higgins v Mark Selby at the Crucible was the best match of 2009 so far but the finish of Higgins’s defeat to Neil Robertson today was so dramatic that it may just shade it.
Robertson was confident and attacking from the off. He played his own game throughout and took the match to Higgins.
And the world champion responded in trademark fashion, making a steely clearance from 5-3 down and then drawing level.
This was a contest of an exceptionally high standard. Higgins went to the interval with 100% pot success, having not missed a single ball.
Robertson went on to make three centuries, taking his career tally to 98.
The decider could have gone either way. Robertson played the double and left a horrid cut for Higgins with the cue ball tight on the top cushion.
I wasn’t surprised that Higgins conceded when he left it in the jaws. He'd fought hard but, ultimately, in vain and it would almost be an insult to make Robertson pot it.
Well done to both and congratulations to Robertson.
All things considered that must be the best win of his career.