He's long been underperforming in this sport, a player with incredible talent and natural flair, we always go back to the Masters final in 2007 when Ronnie O'Sullivan destroyed him on the table and mentally too. Since then, it's been a periof of rehabilitation, almost going out of the top 16 last season.
But this year, his fortunes have turned. Quarter-final in Shanghai was a bead of hope, but going 2-4 down against Stevens in the Grand Prix, one maybe thought that Shanghai was merely a blip in his 'normal' form which has seen him struggle for so long. But he fought back, and he fought all the way to the final there before losing to an in-form Robertson, and that gave real hope.
Winning a second UK title this week though, proves he's back for good. He looks a different player now, calm, controlled, it looks as though he's learnt a lot from all the negatives he's gone through in the last 2 and a half years and it's paying off.
All that's missing now is a world title, and who's to bet against him doing it in the next year or two ?
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