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Last Updated: Monday, 3 May, 2004, 19:34 GMT 20:34 UK
Framewatch: O'Sullivan v Dott
Final result:
(best of 35 frames)

R O'Sullivan (Eng) 18-8 G Dott (Sco)
34-71 (71) 9-77 (77) 0-108 (64) 0-97 0-61 (60) 100-0 (100) 63-17 87-0 (63), 87-0 (56) 0-59 64-47 78-0 (78) 0-87 (86) 68-48 (56) 68-1 69-0 71-1 85-0 2-119 (106) 76-30 (65) 85-43 (85) 69-8 (62) 91-44 72-13 (61) 92-8 (92), 88-16


Frame one: A typically tentative opening from both players but - to most people's surprise - it is Dott who takes first blood, taking full advantage when O'Sullivan misses a simple brown to make a 71 break. O'Sullivan surprisingly returns to the table needing five snookers, presumably to get some cueing practice.
O'Sullivan 0-1 Dott

Frame two: Another splendid break, this time 77, from Dott - who is showing no signs of nerves whatsoever - and the Scot is two frames up.
O'Sullivan 0-2 Dott

Frame three: Dott is making a mockery of the odds which had him 20/1 to win before the match. He is showing a clinical edge to match O'Sullivan's ruthlessness against Hendry, and breaks of 43 and 64 put the Scot 3-0 up.
O'Sullivan 0-3 Dott

Frame four: No-one would have predicted this interval scoreline but Dott thoroughly deserves his lead after some impeccable snooker. He has already won as many frames against O'Sullivan as Stephen Hendry managed in his semi-final.
O'Sullivan 0-4 Dott

Frame five: O'Sullivan's brow is furrowed as Dott guarantees himself a first-session lead with his fifth frame in a row. And it is entirely justified - the Scot has played like a world champion in the making, missing almost nothing. O'Sullivan has now gone three frames since potting a ball.
O'Sullivan 0-5 Dott

Frame six: O'Sullivan finally cuts loose. He gets a decent break of the pack and rattles in a typically quickfire 100 - his 13th century of the tournament - to pull one back.
O'Sullivan 1-5 Dott

Frame seven: O'Sullivan gets the better of Dott as, for the first time, the Scot starts missing his shots. A relatively straightforward red to the corner is left in the jaws and O'Sullivan takes the frame to reduce the gap to three.
O'Sullivan 2-5 Dott

Frame eight: O'Sullivan breathes a sigh of relief as he clinches his third frame in a row to narrow the gap to two - but the Rocket is indebted to a big slice of luck as he flukes a red at 24-0 up. Nevertheless, he takes full advantage, rattling in a 63 break to end the session 3-5 down.
O'Sullivan 3-5 Dott

Frame nine: A solid start from O'Sullivan who is soon among the points and makes a high-quality 56 break. The point-scoring breaks down, but Dott is unable to get off the mark, and another 30 break seals the frame.
O'Sullivan 4-5 Dott

Frame 10: A brilliant long red by Dott seemingly puts him on his way to the frame. But he misses an easy pink to give O'Sullivan a glimmer of a chance. However, the Rocket misses a red, and another fine long pot from Dott clinches it.
O'Sullivan 4-6 Dott

Frame 11: With Dott leading 47-41, the two players become involved in a high-quality exchange of safety with one red left. O'Sullivan escapes when Dott fails to take a chance that the Rocket inadvertently leaves, and the Scot ends up losing the frame.
O'Sullivan 5-6 Dott

Frame 12: There are some ominous signs for Dott as, after grinding out the previous frame, O'Sullivan rattles in a rapid, frame-winning break of 78 in under seven minutes to draw level at the mid-session interval.
O'Sullivan 6-6 Dott

Frame 13: A great return after the interval from the Scot. Displaying more of the immaculate long potting which has characterised his play so far, he builds a fine break of 86 to take the frame and regain the lead.
O'Sullivan 6-7 Dott

Frame 14: Dott looks set fair to take the frame, but he misses a red, and O'Sullivan moves on to make a 56 break. That does not win the frame in itself, but O'Sullivan triumphs in a nervous battle in the colours and is level again.
O'Sullivan 7-7 Dott

Frame 15: O'Sullivan moves ahead for the first time in the match. A break of 33 ends suddenly, but despite a brilliant red, Dott fails to take advantage - and O'Sullivan soon seals victory.
O'Sullivan 8-7 Dott

Frame 16: Although Dott has done far better than anyone expected to be within two frames of O'Sullivan at the end of session two, there are some ominous signs. O'Sullivan wins the last of the day courtesy of modest breaks of 33 and 36, which means nine of the last 11 have gone his way.
O'Sullivan 9-7 Dott

Frame 17: It is a tentative opening, and eight minutes pass before a ball is potted. O'Sullivan is first among the points with a 41 break. He follows up with a 30 and increases his lead to three.
O'Sullivan 10-7 Dott

Frame 18: Five reds and five blacks from O'Sullivan, and hopes start to rise of another great maximum. But The Rocket misses a straightforward sixth red, and the chance is over. It is still ominous for Dott, though, as he fails to capitalise and O'Sullivan takes his fifth frame in a row.
O'Sullivan 11-7 Dott

Frame 19: Dott stops the rot in a curious frame. An outrageous fluke puts the Scot in, then O'Sullivan snookers himself on the colours after going into the pack on his first red. But Dott gets the first chance to build a break and his brilliant 106 - only his second ton of the tournament - is enough to keep him in contention.
O'Sullivan 11-8 Dott

Frame 20: A potentially pivotal frame. Dott is among the points and looking comfortable as he builds a break. But he plays a black with far too much power and sends it bouncing out of the jaws and off the table. A chance to close the deficit to two is gone as O'Sullivan comes in and makes it 12-8 at the interval.
O'Sullivan 12-8 Dott

Frame 21: A good start from Dott as he sinks another textbook long red and builds a 43-0 lead. But he subsequently mis-hits a safety and O'Sullivan comes in, makes a 85 clearance and moves five frames clear.
O'Sullivan 13-8 Dott

Frame 22: Dott's hopes are hanging by a thread as The Rocket gets yet another frame. O'Sullivan makes a 62 break and has now taken 14 of the last 17 frames and seems to be racing towards the title.
O'Sullivan 14-8 Dott

Frame 23: O'Sullivan gets a chance after Dott misses a red. A break of 46 follows, and although it breaks down, Dott cannot take advantage, and a further break of 32 seals the frame for O'Sullivan, who is getting close to the finish line.
O'Sullivan 15-8 Dott

Frame 24: Once again, O'Sullivan gets in after a spell of safety, and he wins this one courtesy of a 61 break to end a disastrous session for the Scot. Dott knows he needs a miracle to come back from this.
O'Sullivan 16-8 Dott

Frame 25: A streaker bursts out of the crowd creating general mayhem. But the only person unruffled is O'Sullivan who takes advantage after Dott misses a shot. He rattles in a break of 92 and he is one away from the title.
O'Sullivan 17-8 Dott

Frame 26: O'Sullivan wraps up his second world title in quick time. A scrappy frame is all over when Dott jaws a red to give the Rocket his deserved title.
O'Sullivan 18-8 Dott




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