John Higgins is born to be a champion.
The superb Scot proved again today why he will go down as one of snooker's all-time greats, with the fantastic capture of the Shanghai Masters title.
He fought back from 5-0 and 7-2 down to win a dramatic final 10-9 against Judd Trump.
Higgins should be commended for a maximum 147 break he made in frame six and even more so for a trademark gutsy comeback when many predicted he was down and out.
Snooker hasn't seen many more determined players in its history than John. You can never write him off.
He trailed 7-2 in the final of 2010 UK Championship against Mark Williams and stormed back to victory. Now he's done exactly the same again here and his tenacious performance did little to surprise us. After being outclassed in the first nine frames by an excellent Trump, who has improved all week, he did what he does best; digging deep and finding something.
He potted pressure ball after pressure ball and made some superb breaks to turn the match on its head. This kind of win is the mark of all the greats.
Higgins now has 25 major titles and is third on the list of all time honours. His place as legend is undisputed.
He will take plenty of pleasure from winning his first trophy since the 2011 World Championship. But what makes this win even more remarkable for John is that he came to Shanghai void of form and distinctly lacking competitive match practice. That mattered not an ounce as Higgins showed his class.
Well played John. You are a snooker treasure.