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Mark Selby defeats Martin Gould to win his first European Masters title

Mark Shelby claimed his first European Masters title after defeating Martin Gould 9-8 in Milton Keynes, last Sunday.

This impressive final saw Gould fight his way back to the match from 0-4 to 4-4 before the interval.

With one frame between the players in the second session, Gould took the match to a decider with a stunning break of 96.

Martin Gould made an impressive comeback.

As Gould sat down waiting for his turn, three-time world champion Selby made the match-winning break of 72.

Besides winning his first European Masters title, Selby also took home £80,000.

Mark Shelby won his first European Masters title.

Selby told Eurosport: I'm delighted. I thought it was a good final from start to finish and had I lost I'd have had no complaints.

"From being 4-0 down Martin played fantastically well to get back into the match and after that it was nip-and-tuck. It could have gone either way."

Gould, who almost retired at the end of last season after sharing with Eurosport his battle with depression, found his passion for snooker and couldn’t be happier to have reached the final of the European Masters.

"I'm pleased I've come here this week and competed with the best players in the world. I've had a rough time over the last couple of years and while gutted to lose 9-8 I've lost to a very good champion. There's an awful lot I can take from this." He said.

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