Ronnie O’Sullivan enjoys outrageous fluke, survives waistcoat foul to win dramatic deciding frame against Judd Trump

Ronnie O’Sullivan won an epic in Llandudno (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan produced a stunning comeback to beat Judd Trump 10-9 in a thrilling deciding frame in the semi-finals of the Tour Championship.

O’Sullivan found himself 6-2 down after the first session and then 8-5 behind as the younger man took hold of the contest.

Trump had already beaten the ‘Rocket’ in two finals this season and looked to be keeping up his impressive record against the five-time world champion.

However, the 43-year-old battled incredibly hard to take the match to a decider, where the drama really commenced.

O’Sullivan was 6-2 down after the first session (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

Trump had numerous chances to win the 19th frame, spurning them all, including after O’Sullivan gifted him an opportunity through a waistcoat foul.

Ronnie looked in a good position to win the frame when he was penalised for his waistcoat brushing the yellow, which was barely visible on camera.

However, the Masters champion couldn’t take advantage, missing a straight forward red immediately after.

This looked like the ‘Rocket’s’ prime chance and he got in the balls before missing a pink to the middle which looked like the end of his break, before it flew into the top corner in an unreal fluke.

That was not the end of the game as Trump got back to the table but again let his opponent in with five balls left on.

O’Sullivan still needed to clear up to win the match and he rolled in the final black of the final frame to take the match in stunning style.

‘Judd’s going to take a while to get over this one,’ said Stephen Hendry after the match. ‘He’s had four or five chance to get over the line in that last frame.

‘Considering what happened in the Masters, 6-2 down today, that’s massive for Ronnie O’Sullivan, it’ll mean almost as much as any win this season.

‘He showed more intensity this evening, he was stalking the table like you expect Ronnie O’Sullivan to do.’

Judd Trump was in a commanding position (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

‘I was enjoying the match, enjoying the game, enjoying competing,’ O’Sullivan told Coral after the match. ‘I’d have been disappointed if I’d lost.’

O’Sullivan goes on to play either Mark Allen or Neil Robertson in the final which begins on Saturday night and goes through three sessions till Sunday evening.

If the ‘Rocket’ can pick up the £150,000 top prize he will return to world number one.

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