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Mark Selby admits second session was damage-limitation mission

Mark Selby admits that his aim was simply to "make the score more presentable" when he resumed yesterday's Masters final with Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Mark Selby has admitted that his aim was simply to "make the score more presentable" when he resumed yesterday's Masters final with Ronnie O'Sullivan following a 7-1 thrashing in the afternoon session.

Selby, who had won the title in 2008, 2010 and 2013, managed to share six frames in the evening as O'Sullivan eventually prevailed 10-4.

After the defeat, Selby was full of praise for five-time champion O'Sullivan.

He said: "It is disappointing, but the first three frames Ronnie played fantastically well, other players do not clear in a single visit from those positions.

"The damage was done in the first session at 7-1 down obviously, in the evening I was just trying to make the score more presentable.

"I got to the UK final last month and again here, and it is no disgrace losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan in a final."

O'Sullivan did not make a century against Selby, but he put together breaks of 70, 72, 90, 96 and 97.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan of England poses with the trophy and his son Ronnie after beating Barry Hawkins of England to win the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 6, 2013
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