Peter Ebdon's eighth world ranking title came after a typically hard fought battle, which he finally edged 10-8 against John Higgins.
The new Bank of Beijing China Open champion is one of the most resolutely determined match players the game has ever seen.
Ebdon would have been at home against the likes of Cliff Thorburn, Terry Griffiths and Dennis Taylor - hard as nails cueists of days gone by.
To win another title 16 years after his first ranking triumph is a considerable achievement given his rotten form all season.
It shows what can be achieved with hard work and commitment.
And it further cements his place as one of snooker's greatest ever champions.