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Ronnie O’Sullivan Clinches Shanghai Masters Title in a Thrilling Final Against Luca Brecel

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When Ronnie O’Sullivan defeated world champion Luca Brecel in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday, he added yet another chapter to his snooker history. The world No. 1 extended his unbeaten streak in the city that started in 2016 by winning the competition in a dramatic match 11-9. Brecel made a bold comeback attempt, but The Rocket handled himself with dignity.

With an exciting 11-9 victory over Luca Brecel in the Sunday final, Ronnie O’Sullivan captured his fourth straight and fifth overall Shanghai Masters championship.

Snooker fans expected a spectacular match between No. 1 O’Sullivan and World Champion Brecel when they awoke on Sunday morning, and they were not let down.

The pair advanced to the championship match after thrilling semifinal victories against Mark Selby and Neil Robertson, respectively.

The first frame of the match was won by O’Sullivan, who is considered to be the best snooker player of all time, but Brecel answered with a total clearance of 134 in the second frame.
The Englishman had a comfortable 3-1 lead at the halfway point of the match, but Brecel stormed back with some outstanding play to win the match 4-3.
O’Sullivan won the following three frames to complete the morning session with a 6-4 lead, continuing the match’s topsy-turvy nature. Brecel recorded significant breaks of 134, 75, 103, and 98 in the opening session, but The Rocket appeared to be in a stronger position to take home the £210,000 prize.

But never undervalue a world champion. When Brecel won the World Championship earlier this year, he established a reputation for pulling off amazing comebacks, and the Belgian hinted that he will pull off his party trick in Shanghai.

O’Sullivan left the back door open with a succession of mistakes, allowing Brecel to bring the game back to 7-7 at the mid-session break.

A string of errors may have been fatal for a weaker player, but O’Sullivan is the subject here. The 47-year-old took a 10-7 lead and was one frame away from claiming the championship as he attempted to extend his unbeaten streak in Shanghai to 19 games.

Bring on yet another comeback from Brecel. Brecel, 28, who has previously stated that he is O’Sullivan’s favorite player to watch, proved why by playing some outstanding shots to bring the match back to 10-9.

Brecel, however, was unable to record a comeback this time. The lead changed numerous times during the frantic final frame, but O’Sullivan eventually knocked in the pink to win after missing a match ball on the blue.

O’Sullivan won the Shanghai Masters for a fourth time in a row, adding to his victories in 2017, 2018, and 2019; the Covid-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of the 2020, 2021, and 2022 tournaments.

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