And so we reach the end of the ten greatest moments countdown with the reveal of what I consider to be no.1.
First, here's a reminder of 10-2:
10) Terry Griffiths wins world title at first attempt
9) Doug Mountjoy wins second UK title ten years after first
8) Pot Black first broadcast
7) Ding beats Hendry to win China Open
6) Hendry beats White...again
5) Steve Davis makes first televised 147
4) Alex Higgins wins second world title
3) Ronnie O'Sullivan makes maximum in record time
2) Taylor beats Davis on final black
And the winner is...
1999 - STEPHEN HENDRY WINS RECORD SEVENTH WORLD TITLE
As spur of the moment presents go it must rank as the most inspired choice ever.
Stephen Hendry received his 6x3 table at Christmas 1981. Four years later he was on the professional circuit.
He first competed at the Crucible in 1986. Four years after this he became the youngest ever world champion and remains so to this day.
This in itself is worthy of inclusion in this list but to end the decade as he began it by winning a seventh world title – a record in the modern age – beats anything else.
When Hendry lost to Ken Doherty in the 1997 final and then to Jimmy White in the first round in 1998 there were those who wondered if he had entered into a decline.
Certainly his 9-0 hammering by Marcus Campbell in the first round of the 1998 UK Championship boosted the view that his best years were behind him.
But like Steve Davis, Hendry possesses the same rare inner steel only found in great champions and went back to the drawing board, determined to rebuild his game and prove everyone wrong.
He faced one of the toughest possible fields at the Crucible in 1999.
In the first round he was pitted against the rising star Paul Hunter, who led 8-7 before Hendry won 10-8.
James Wattana, still very dangerous, was his second round opponent and held Hendry to 7-7 before the Scot won the last six frames to win 13-7.
In the quarter-finals, he overwhelmed the talented Matthew Stevens 13-5 before the match of the tournament against Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Commentating for the BBC, Clive Everton described the third session as “snooker from the Gods.”
That it was. Both players were on top of their games. Hendry made three centuries, O’Sullivan two, agonisingly missing the pink on 134 with a maximum waiting.
In the end, it came down to a test of nerve. Hendry was stronger when it mattered and went through 17-13.
His opponent in the final was Mark Williams, who had won three ranking titles that season.
Hendry raced into a 4-0 lead and would win 18-11 to end the 1990s as he had begun it – as king of the snooker world.
It was the realisation of years of effort, commitment and belief. At times in the 90s he played better than anyone has ever played and has continued to play to a very high standard into the 21st century.
Ultimately there is only one test of greatness in sport: what have you won?
Stephen Hendry has won more of what counts in the modern era than anyone else.
At his best, he was the best.
That night in 1999 he confirmed his status as the greatest player who ever lived.