Mark Selby (9/2 2022 Betfred World Championship outright) is targeting a return to the top of the rankings after beating Shaun Murphy 18-15 to claim his fourth Betfred World Championship.

The 37-year-old led 14-11 heading into Monday evening’s final session and despite fierce resistance from his opponent, breaks of 66, 68 and 120 saw him over the line.

World number two Selby is now level with John Higgins on four Crucible crowns and three behind Stephen Hendry’s record of seven.

The result marks a return to form for the ‘Jester from Leicester’ who, despite winning the European Masters and Scottish Open this season, has suffered from bouts of inconsistency.

However, his work with Chris Henry paid off in Sheffield and while he says the coach’s changes to his technique have been minimal, the work the pair have done on the mental side of his game has been remarkable.

A bid to usurp Judd Trump (3/1 favourite 2022 Betfred World Championship outright) as world number one is now the aim having previously topped the rankings throughout the four years when he won his three other world crowns.

Speaking afterwards, Selby admitted claiming a fourth Betfred World Championship was beyond his wildest dreams but insisted that he still feels he has the potential to continue to improve.

“To win it once against Ronnie O’Sullivan for the first time was a dream come true – to win it four times is something I could only have dreamed of,” Selby said on BBC Two.

“Every time you get to a world final you always try your hardest – it’s such a tough tournament to get there and you never know whether it’s going to be your last.

“My aim is to get back to world number one. You still have goals in your career. I’m going in the right direction.”

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