MARK Selby was left with mixed emotions after beating Shaun Murphy to land the williamhill.com UK Championship in another post-midnight snooker finish.
While there was obvious satisfaction for Selby in landing the biggest title of his career, a day after clinching a return to world number one status, he also professed disappointment about the quality of the final.
Neither player managed a century break and there were spells where the standard was more befitting of top-end club snooker than the highest level of the professional game.
Had the final run closer than 10-6, Selby's eventual victory margin, then there might easily have been a post-1am conclusion. And while that can signal great drama, it can also mean television audiences dramatically tailing off and spectators having to leave early.
Selby said of his win: "Obviously it means a great deal. It's a special moment and a really proud moment.
"At the same time I was a little disappointed with the performance. But a result's a result. Shaun obviously didn't play well either.
"It's strange because over the whole tournament I only really played decent snooker in frames.
"I don't think I played a whole match where I played really good snooker.
"I've been poor in patches, more or less amateurish, and then other times I've had spurts of a few frames and I'm sitting here as UK champion. It's strange.
"Once I'd got to the point in the last frame where Shaun needed snookers I knew I was more or less over the line and it was obviously great.
"I'm over the moon, but it's always nice to go out there and put a good performance on, and as far as UK finals go it wouldn't go down as one of the greats.
"As far as I'm concerned I missed too many easy balls, and I probably still need to work on that, but the good thing is I'm sat here as UK champion and I still know I can improve."