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Dennis Taylor raises his cue after potting the final black to beat Steve Davis. Photo: Adrian Murrell /Allsport

Dennis Taylor raises his cue after potting the final black to beat Steve Davis. Photo: Adrian Murrell /Allsport

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Dennis Taylor raises his cue after potting the final black to beat Steve Davis. Photo: Adrian Murrell /Allsport

A Holy Trinity. The father. The son. And the Holy Spirit. He can't help but take one last, lingering look at the table as he takes the 17 steps to his seat, one for every day of this incredible run to the final. It seems to him like a country's mile.

The shot he has missed to clinch the world title has left his opponent with an even easier one to close it out.

But before he sits, the faint echo of a voice. His mother. He has been chatting to her, on and off, for two days. He knows he may well not still be sitting here, well past midnight, without her. Now it is her turn to speak.