Judd Trump is already in the midst of his best-ever season on the pro tour after he defeated Ali Carter 10-6 to win the Coral Grand Prix in Cheltenham.
It was the 10th ranking title of Trump’s career and his third major win of this season following successes at the Northern Ireland Open and last month’s Dafabet Masters.
The Bristol potter took control of the final against Carter in the afternoon as he moved into a healthy 6-3 advantage.
The Captain wasn’t for going down easily and he closed to 7-6 by the mid-session interval when they returned in the evening, stealing frame 13 on the black.
Trump showed the new-found confidence and composure under pressure that is defining his season as he compiled breaks of 71, 78 and 54 to secure a 10-6 win and the title.
He acknowledged that Carter had asked serious questions of him throughout the final.
He said: “I’m over the moon to win my third big title in one season. I’m very happy with how I played in the final. Ali pushed me all of the way. His safety play was as good as I have faced for a while so I had to be at my best.”
A change in his practice regime now sees Trump’s brother accompanying him on tour and the 29-year-old once more acknowledged his sibling and the influence that move has had.
Getting more silverware before this season ends remains the key goal. “I think just sheer hard work and practice is paying off. Having my brother with me on tour has been a massive help,” he added.
“Just being able to chat with him and he is making me practice more than I ever have done before consistently. You don’t want to let up when you are winning. You just want to keep it going and win as many tournaments as possible.”
Trump is 5.00 second-favourite to win the World Championship this season, with Ronnie O’Sullivan favourite at 4.00.