Neil Robertson admitted that his victory in the Scottish Open final had been an unbelievable way to cap off his year.
The Australian seemed certain to lose the Glasgow final when he fell 8-4 behind to Cao Yupeng only to then reel off five frames in a row to seal a magnificent victory.
It was Robertson's first ranking title since the 2016 Riga Masters and his triumph lifts him five places in the world rankings to 15th, although he will still miss next month's Masters.
World number 67 Cao had been playing in his first ranking final and Robertson thought nerves had played their part in his opponent's capitulation.
The 35-year-old, who won the World Championship in 2010, said after his 9-8 victory: "I started to notice some nerves and jitters in his cue action and I was super aggressive in the next few frames. It was all out attack to put him under pressure.
"He just completely outplayed me for a lot of the match. Up to 8-4 it was one of the best performances ever against me. He played as the underdog and was free-flowing with no pressure.
"It was an unbelievable way to cap off the year. My form was definitely coming and I showed that in the UK last week. I just needed to maintain it. I can't remember being involved in too many finals like that."
Ronnie O'Sullivan is 1212/1 to win the 2018 Masters, while Judd Trump can be backed at 1212/1, John Higgins at 6/4 and Mark Allen at 11/4.
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