Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dott Caps Recovery with World Crown

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dott Caps Recovery with World Crown

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Byline: By John Curtis

Two and a half years ago Graeme Dott was so distraught with the state of his game that he snapped his cue in half at a motorway service station on the M6 when returning from the Welsh Open.

It led the pint-sized Scot to quip "My next match was against Drew Henry and I couldn't have beaten Lenny Henry."

Dott linked up with top coach Del Hill in a bid to reconstruct his game and remarkably within three months he had reached the world final, only to lose 18-8 to Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Now 28-year-old Dott's rehabilitation from those dark days is complete as he lifted the 888.com World Championship crown for the first time by overcoming Peter Ebdon 18-14 in a gruelling and punishing final.

Ebdon launched a gutsy comeback from 15-7 down in the final session when he appeared to be dead and buried before finally succumbing to the 2004 runner-up.

Dott, an 80-1 outsider at the start of the tournament, figured with Ebdon in the longest televised frame in history before finally triumphing in the 27th after 74 minutes and eight seconds.

It surpassed the previous slowest at the Crucible of 69 minutes by Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis in the deciding frame of their 1985 epic which ended at 12.19am.

And it also overtook the longest in any televised event of 73 minutes by Dean O'Kane and Steve Davis in the World Team Cup in 1989.

The finish at 12.52am was also the latest for a Crucible final after the Davis-Taylor confrontation had been concluded at 12.19am.

The final may not have been a classic confrontation and in the opening session perhaps snoozer rather than snooker may have been a more appropriate description with the auditorium at less than its 900-strong capacity.

But that should not detract from the performance of Rangers supporter Dott who did not score heavily throughout the final but produced a strong all-round game. …

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