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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 April, 2005, 22:55 GMT 23:55 UK
Veteran Davis earns epic victory
By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Steve Davis
Davis wasted several chances before seeing off Greene's brave challenge
Steve Davis edged past Gerard Greene in a final-frame thriller for his first win at The Crucible in five years.

Davis, trailing 5-4 overnight, displayed all his famous tenacity to win four of the first five frames.

Greene responded with breaks of 52 and 60 to level at 8-8, and, as the tension mounted, the players swapped frames to force the decider.

Both players had numerous chances, but a fluked yellow finally gave Davis the chance to wrap up the game.

Veteran cueman Davis credited a more instinctive approach for his stunning victory.

"There's no way I want to get bogged down in snooker where you take ages over every shot," he said.

"I've realised that if I get on with it I don't make any more mistakes but I give myself a chance to play with a bit of fluency.

"The best way is to play fluently and let any natural ability I've got take over my brain."

S DAVIS (Eng) 10-9 G GREENE (NI)

63-32 41-78 (64) 9-69 78-23 (71) 0-117 (74) 73-20 1-77 3-76 (54) 72-49 75-30 74-67 (respotted black) 48-65 71-40 (62) 81-49 9-85 (52) 5-89 (60) 68-5 28-66 (62) 61-34

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