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Summary

  1. Barry Hawkins (Eng) 1-10 Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng)
  2. O'Sullivan wins record-equalling sixth Masters title
  3. Play icon to watch live; 'Highlights' tab for extra coverage
  4. Re-watch both sessions in the 'Live Coverage' tab

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's your lot

    Barry Hawkins 1-10 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    What a way for Ronnie O'Sullivan to return to the big stage, winning 10 frames on the trot to win the Masters title for a sixth time.

    Have a read of the report here

    The German Masters is the next ranking event, taking place in February. Coverage of that will be across the BBC Sport website.

    Until then.

  2. DJ Nugget in da house

    Steve Davis

    Steve ‘Interesting’ Davis has many claims to fame - not least being a six-time snooker World Champion. In 2016 he’s adding to the list by DJing at super-cool electronic music festival Bloc.

    Read the Q&A with BBC Arts here

  3. Post update

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Last year's champion has a message for the new one...

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    A front row seat...

  5. Post update

    Steve Davis

    Six time world champion

    "There has not been a situation where one player is more bigger than the sport but Ronnie O'Sullivan comes close."

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  7. Post update

    Steve Davis

    Six time world champion

    Ronnie

    "It will be fair to say, other than Mark Williams, people didn't perform against him. Ronnie puts people out of their stride and puts paid to challengers.

    "Barry says he had a bad day but he was left a lot of awkward shots. He got into more of a hole as the match went on."

  8. Post update

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion

    "Ronnie sets himself very exacting standards and comes back very downbeat. It takes some pressure off himself. He is total box office, every session he has played in has been sold out. 

    "He played hard matchplay snooker and was very professional and business-like today. He played all the right shots that he needed to.

    "He didn't waste any opportunities. Barry was struggling to get going and Ronnie knew that, he didn't give him anything."

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  10. Post update

    Ronnie

    Ronnie O'Sullivan tells BBC Sport: "I am over the moon, I knew I needed to raise my level. I was able to do that and I managed my emotions well. I am delighted to play as well I have done.

    "Dr Steve Peters (psychiatrist) mentioned a couple of things and I just had to focus on each ball. If Barry played like he did  in the semis, it would have been a great match.

    "I am never normally surprised when I win tournaments but I am surprised I have won it after eight months out. It is about producing when it matters.

    "This is only a week, but to keep your focus for 17 days at the World Championship is a grind, we'll see how it goes."

  11. Post update

    Barry Hawkins

    Runner-up Barry Hawkins jokes: "I wish he retired. I am disappointed with my performance I didn't give him a game. I was all over the place.

    "If someone said I would have got to the final, I would have ripped their arm off. It is hard to take positives, even though I played well most of the week."

  12. Barry Hawkins 1-10 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins Masters title

    Ronnie and Barry Hawkins at the end of the match

    AND THERE IT IS. An absolute trouncing, a demolition job.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins 10 frames in a row to win the Masters title for a record-equalling sixth time.

    What a performance, what a genius.

  13. Barry Hawkins 1-9 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie

    A few more pots needed for the title, 50 points and counting...

  14. Barry Hawkins 1-9 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Has Barry Hawkins played his last shot in the 2016 Masters? A desperation shot on the red fails to come off and now O'Sullivan has entered the dance floor.

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  16. Barry Hawkins 1-9 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie

    O'Sullivan took nine months out from playing in major events, he returned to the Masters and beat two-time Triple Crown winner Mark Williams, followed by world number one Mark Selby and then swatting aside world champion Stuart Bingham.

    He's not had it easy which makes it all the more remarkable.

  17. Return of the Rocket

    O'Sullivan's first major event for nine months

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion

    "It's straight in against the cream of the crop. This is an unbelievable performance."

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  19. Post update

    Steve Davis

    Six time world champion

    "Funny thing is, you know full well it's not a spectacle but you don't care, you just love it all your own way. The top players are all bullies, O'Sullivan will consider it a job well done."

  20. Barry Hawkins 1-9 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    O'Sullivan takes another frame with a break of 66. He needs just one more to complete a demolition job on Barry Hawkins.

    It doesn't look like we're even going to get an interval.

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    An Egghead has been in touch...

  22. Barry Hawkins 1-8 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie long red

    Stunning from O'Sullivan. Beautiful straight cueing to get a red. That wasn't easy, but to stun the cueball and get on the back was even more breathtaking.

    This will be frame number nine for O'Sullivan in a few minutes time.

  23. Barry Hawkins 1-8 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Can you believe it? O'Sullivan misses an easy red and breaks down on 26. "That will annoy him," says John Virgo.

    It will, the perfectionist that he is.

    Gotta say, he kept his composure well though, I was expecting a swipe of the cue or a thump on the table.

  24. Barry Hawkins 1-8 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie

    O'Sullivan with the first chance in the 10th frame. He'll want to get this over and done with as soon as possible now.

    Come to think of it, Hawkins will be wanting the same.

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  26. Post update

    Steve Davis

    Six time world champion

    "Ronnie was very patient in that frame. he's turned a lot of shots down and decided he's going to make him work as hard as possible. That shows great maturity but it's not Barry's day at all."

  27. Post update

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion

    "Incredible. The pink caught the jaw and cannons the cueball and goes in. If he's getting those, we might as well all go home. O’Sullivan has been business-like today, he has played to win."

  28. Barry Hawkins 1-8 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    Oh no, no, no.

    When you're lucks out, it's really out.

    O'Sullivan misses the pink, which rolls across to the other pocket, wobbles in the jaw, comes back off the white and goes in.

    Total disbelief inside the arena, O'Sullivan hangs his head. Hawkins affords a smile.

    Ronnie needs just two more frames to win.

  29. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    A half-chance for O'Sullivan on the pink, but once again, he refuses and plays another excellent safety.

    Hawkins is getting punched left and right with some brutal safeties, how is he still standing?

  30. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Snooker table

    We're watching a star man in Ronnie O'Sullivan at the moment, but he's not exactly blowing our minds.

    Hawkins, by the skin of his teeth, takes the blue into the yellow pocket.

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  32. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    NO! Hawkins can't get the brown, instead O'Sullivan gets it. He's 18 ahead with 18 remaining. Just the blue needed.

  33. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan strokes in the green...

    but NO! He missed the brown.

    Can Hawkins take advantage?

  34. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Shot, lad. Hawkins punches in a long yellow, but misses the following green with the cueball tight on the cushion...

  35. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    The reds have vanished, only the colours remaining. Imperative for Hawkins to somehow snatch this frame.

    O'Sullivan 45-32 Hawkins.

  36. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie

    O'Sullivan's focus is turned up to max at the moment, he's refusing the half-chances and playing excellent safety instead.

    That's piling the pressure on Hawkins, who's crumbling faster than a chocolate digestive dipped in a cup of tea.

  37. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Pin drop silence inside Alexandra Palace as Barry Hawkins tries to take the first frame of the final session.

    But he's not in a good place at the moment, missing a relatively easy pink to the middle.

    Ronnie plays a cross double safety.

    O'Sullivan 27-32 Hawkins at the moment. Tight.

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    Once more and he gets to keep the cueball

  39. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins

    A misjudgement from Ronnie O'Sullivan, trying to play a red safe but it comes back down the ball. Hawkins knocks it into the middle.

    Can he hold his nerve here?

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    Can't argue with that...

  41. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan 19-17 Barry Hawkins in the ninth frame, after O'Sullivan makes just 15.

    Hawkins' safety is not up to scratch and allows his opponent to drop in a long red and gain the upper hand in the safety battle.

  42. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson

    Can Ronnie O'Sullivan go one better?

    He's in among the reds now having downed a long red. Both pink and black are out of commission though.

  43. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Oh dear. Hawkins took his eye off the yellow and he missed it into the green pocket.

    It's a scrappy opening to this session.

    O'Sullivan fouls the pink, Hawkins goes in off.

    "Where's the cueball going?" says John Virgo.

  44. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan can't escape the well-judged snooker, falling short of the pack. 

    Chance number three for Barry Hawkins, he has to capitalise...

  45. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Snookered

    Another loose one from Ronnie O'Sullivan, catching the blue on the way up. He hasn't woken up yet.

    Just the one from Barry Hawkins, but what a brilliant safety, tucking in behind the yellow in baulk and Ronnie is in trouble here.

  46. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    "Foul and a miss, Barry Hawkins four."

    Ronnie O'Sullivan fails to make contact with any red. He's successful on the second attempt though.

    Remember, if you're not snookered and fail to hit a red on the table three times, you forfeit the frame. Shaun Murphy knows all about that having done it against Mark Allen in the first round.

  47. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins

    Lots of encouragement for Barry Hawkins as a loose Ronnie O'Sullivan safety allows him to pot a red into the top right pocket.

    With the element of safety in mind, he can't get on a colour.

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  49. Post update

    Ken Doherty

    1997 world champion

    "What an atmosphere, this is what it's all about."

  50. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    7-1 down but Barry Hawkins still manages a smile as he enters the arena.

    Here comes Ronnie O'Sullivan, down the steps and into the cauldron. He wasn't sizzling in the first session, just showed moments of spark yet is still six ahead.

    The players shake hands and Hawkins gets us under way.

  51. Nerves kicking in

    Steve Davis

    Six time world champion

    "The walk from the dressing room to the table is a surreal affair. You have done it before, but this is a final.

    "If you are in front, you are worried of a comeback, if you are behind, you just need to get the first frame on the board. Whichever way it is, you'll be nervous."

  52. On song

    Paul Battison

    BBC Sport at Alexandra Palace

    Aces

    Some pre-final entertainment here at Alexandra Palace - 'The Aces' treating the crowd to some live music.

    We're seeing aces on and off the baizes.

  53. BBC coverage

    Ally Pally

    TV coverage of the final session is back under way on BBC Two and at the top of this page.

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  55. Post update

    Paul Battison

    BBC Sport at Alexandra Palace

    "Those unlucky enough not to get tickets - or those who prefer their snooker with a drink - are crowding around a TV in the 'fan zone' at Alexandra Palace. Many of the fans that I spoke to this morning were predicting Ronnie to triumph here today - it looks like they might be right."

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  56. Hello again

    Barry Hawkins

    Fuelled up, refreshed and ready to go again? We could be in for a quick finish here.

    After a dominant first session, Ronnie O'Sullivan leads Barry Hawkins 7-1 in the final of the Masters.

    He needs just three more for victory and could wrap it up before the mid-session interval.

    Hawkins needs to come out and just attack everything, hoping he can find his form from the semi-final. Can he turn it around? It's a big ask.

  57. Interval

    Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    And we leave the live text coverage there until we return at 19:00 GMT.

    How long will it take Ronnie O'Sullivan to win the three frames he needs for a sixth Masters title? Join me then to find out.

    Read the report of the opening session

  58. The Rack Pack

    Higgins and Davis

    Two megastars, one sport, and a fight for victory. 

    Snooker's golden period was during the 1980s when Steve Davis was winning World Championships galore and Alex Higgins was providing entertainment.

    Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis - clinical, ruthless, ‘boring’ and Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins - mercurial, explosive, a natural showman.

    The BBC's comedy drama transports you back to the glory days of snooker.

    Watch the preview of the film here

    The Rack Pack is released only on iPlayer on Sunday, 17 January at 9pm

  59. Snooker's big break

    Steve Davis

    Higgins, Davis, Hearn and Jimmy. Four of snooker's most recognisable names but why did the sport get its big break in the '80s?

    Take a look at the iWonder guide

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  61. Post update

    BBC Two have so much time left that they're showing a re-run of Ronnie O'Sullivan's 5 minute 20 seconds 147 maximum break from 1997. What an incredible effort that was.

  62. Post update

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven time world champion

    Barry Hawkins reacts

    "Barry Hawkins just seems to be a little intimidated whether it's the atmosphere or everyone is here to see Ronnie O'Sullivan."

  63. Post update

    Steve Davis

    Six time world champion

    "O'Sullivan has put in an effective performance but he has been helped by Hawkins missing, even though he took the first frame.

    "Hawkins might come out and win the first frame in the evening session and may come back. If he loses it, it will all unravel for him. No-one likes to see a one-sided final. The 9-1 head-to-head score tells its own story."

  64. Barry Hawkins 1-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    Ronnie

    O'Sullivan's cueball control has been on point, as for Hawkins, hmm. The less said the better about this session.

    Easy as you like, a 72 and Ronnie has a six-frame advantage. He's not going to give it away from this position.

  65. Barry Hawkins 1-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Everything is hitting the centre of the pocket as Ronnie strokes the balls in. The "tock" sounds as the balls go in shows how nicely he is cueing.

  66. Barry Hawkins 1-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins

    Aww Barry, another safety attempt goes awry. He slumps back in his chair and shakes his head, he looks crestfallen. Someone needs to give the guy a hug.

    O'Sullivan in again, you know what's coming here, don't you?

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  68. Barry Hawkins 1-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Tell you what, I wouldn't mind a 10-1 scoreline now to give us all an early night. We'll have that Sunday night feeling where the weekend fun is over and it's back to the graft in the morning.

  69. Barry Hawkins 1-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Another chances goes begging for Barry Hawkins, it's a bit like Liverpool playing against Manchester United on the other screen.

    Except there's some scoring in this one.

  70. Post update

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion

    "Hawkins was first in but his cueball control was not good enough. He has had some awkward chances but they weren't awkward in that frame. Missing chances in amongst the balls is debilitating."

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  72. Barry Hawkins 1-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    In goes a red that was on the cushion, a 77 breaks gives O'Sullivan the frame. Insurmountable?

  73. Barry Hawkins 1-5 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Stroking the balls in with his right hand and if it's a bit difficult to reach, switch to the left. Canadian Alain Robidoux was so angry when O'Sullivan first did that in the 90s, saying it was disrespectful.

    It's not, it's the mark of a genius. A couple more pots and Ronnie has this frame wrapped up too.

  74. Barry Hawkins 1-5 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie

    O'Sullivan's knowledge of the table and angles makes Pythagoras look like a schoolkid, it's a joy seeing him swing the cueball around the cushions to get it back into baulk.

    So much pressure being applied to Hawkins now and he's wilting. Another chance for O'Sullivan, who chalks his cue and starts to rev up...

  75. Barry Hawkins 1-5 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Nope, you have to feel for Hawkins, he's really struggling out there. Only 17.

    He needs something to happen to get him going, where's it going to come from though?

  76. Barry Hawkins 1-5 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    You don't expect O'Sullivan to lose from this position now, do you? It's going to need an immense performance from Hawkins to produce something special and turn this match around.

    Ronnie misses a long red following the break off and Bazza is in the reds around the black.

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  78. Post update

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion

    "Hawkins needs some help from the run of the balls and from O’Sullivan. When you miss a shot, some days it goes safe, some it doesn’t. It is an uphill struggle now."

  79. Post update

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven-time world champion

    "Hawkins is just not getting any easy chances, things aren't falling into place for him. That was a scrappy frame but Ronnie is getting the best of them.

    "O'Sullivan is just doing enough to keep Barry at bay."

  80. Barry Hawkins 1-5 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    "If Ronnie O'Sullivan starts winning the scrappy frames, it's going to be a long afternoon for Barry Hawkins," says John Parrott.

    Indeed.

    Down goes the green and Hawkins needs snookers.

    Lovely double on the brown to make the frame absolutely safe.

  81. Barry Hawkins 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie

    Hawkins does make an error though, pushing the boat out by going for a long red and leaving it on for O'Sullivan.

    Two reds remaining and they are both in the open. Hawkins sits in his chair fearing the worst.

  82. Barry Hawkins 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Four reds remaining on the table, this is a crucial period in the match now. Hawkins cannot afford to make any mistake.

  83. Relive O'Sullivan's big break

    O'Sullivan is dominating this final as he seeks a record-equalling sixth title.

    The Rocket gave a statement of intent in the third frame, with a break of 136 to go 2-1 up. You can relive that run again here.

  84. Barry Hawkins 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins

    Oh, hello. An unexpected miss from O'Sullivan, rattling a red in the jaws having only scored 28 points.

    Hawkins is at the table again but hasn't got pin-point control of the cueball. He has to take it up and down the table and trust to luck for position.

  85. Barry Hawkins 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Goodness me, O'Sullivan has smashed in a beauty. A red which was tight on the right-hand cushion looked in no danger at all, but this is The Rocket we are talking about.

    He gets down and nonchalantly strokes it in and off he goes again, gliding round the table. 

  86. Barry Hawkins 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Just not happening for Hawkins, running out of position too often, you can't keep pulling out the shots when in trouble. Just 25 for the Hawks.

  87. Barry Hawkins 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Poor safety from Hawkins, but O'Sullivan can't take the red. A rare miss.

    OK Barry, a chance to put some points together. The black is out of commission though. He's going to have to take blues and pinks.

  88. Get your hands on that

    Paul Battison

    BBC Sport at Alexandra Palace

    At the Palm Court entrance of Alexandra Palace, some of the snooker circuit's most prized trophies are on display. 

    Among them is the Welsh Open trophy (top-left) and of course the World Championship title (middle). 

    Trophies
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  90. Barry Hawkins 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan breaks off in the sixth frame and leaves a red hanging for Barry Hawkins to take down. Once again, just the solitary point as he has to play safe.

  91. Post update

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    "O'Sullivan has really exacting standards and he does not like to play lower than his high standards. He is hitting the ball pretty well now." 

  92. Barry Hawkins 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    A 49 from O'Sullivan wins him the fifth frame. Trouble for Hawkins now. At worst he'll be hoping to get out of this session at 5-3 down now. Three more frames to play.

  93. Barry Hawkins 1-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan makes the game look so easy at times, screwing back with minimum effort to land plum on a juicy red cherry.

    Even when he drifts out of position, he can pull a rabbit out of a hat with a long red. His long potting all week has been on point.

    Hawkins looks like someone's pinched his wallet and mobile phone from his pocket. He's not a happy man.

  94. Barry Hawkins 1-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    This safety battle is huge in the context of this game. Hawkins needs to win the frame to close the deficit but if O'Sullivan wins it, he's three ahead and he won't look back from there.

    Oh my, an under hit safety from Hawkins - by a massive margin - leaves O'Sullivan a nice starter.

  95. Barry Hawkins 1-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins

    Only 20, only 20. He won't be happy with that, an attempt at opening the pack went wrong and he missed the subsequent red.

    Hawkins can't capitalise.

    Barry Hawkins, one.

  96. Barry Hawkins 1-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Nope, it looks like there's some tension on his cue stroke, Hawkins is not pushing it through with confidence and misses a mid-range red with just 27 on the board.

    O'Sullivan sniffing an opportunity to go further in front. He licks his lips and he's off and running. How many will he score?

  97. Barry Hawkins 1-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan catches the yellow with a safety attempt and Hawkins knocks in a nice red. Come on now Barry, keep it together.

    All the reds are out in the open. He cleared up from this position against Judd Trump in the semi-final yesterday, but the final is a different kettle of fish.

  98. Barry Hawkins 1-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Hawkins gets us back under way. A better break this time. 

    John Parrott and John Virgo in the commentary box now.

  99. Artist's impression

    Damien Hirst

    Damien Hirst, artist and Ronnie O'Sullivan's friend: "What goes on in O'Sullivan's head is not what has gone on out there. It makes me laugh, we see him play really well but he doesn't think so. I have been here watching him so many times, I try to give him constructive feedback but I don't know why I bother."

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  101. O'Sullivan on being favourite

    "I don't get phased by me being the favourite. I'm not going to discount myself because I know I'm going to find a a gear. It's just about starting to know your own body. At the moment I feel unco-ordinated and feel off-balance."

    Watch O'Sullivan's candid post-match interview here.

  102. O'Sullivan on Hawkins

    "Barry's probably been the best player of the tournament, along with Judd Trump. He's a great cueist, has a great temperament and break builder. 

    "Maybe the last couple of years I've taken my eye off the ball and my game isn't as strong as it was."

  103. Ronnie in conversation

    Ronie chats to Steve Davis

    Ronnie O'Sullivan spoke to Steve Davis for the BBC after his semi-final win on Saturday night.

    He said: "I was struggling. At the moment, I'm having to fight it out there. I have to try to forget about all that stuff and go with what I've got and try to produce some decent snooker."

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  105. Post update

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven-time world champion

    "Hawkins will have to win tournaments like these to be reconsidered as a top, top player. He is not gong to be clased among the favourites until he wins a big one like Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan have."

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  107. Interval

    O'Sullivan leads by two frames as we go into the break. Time for you to make a quick brew.

  108. Post update

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven time world champion

    Ronnie

    "It was a fantastic break upto the yellow, he played two fantastic reds. Hawkins has to get that yellow, shots like that is what wins you titles."

  109. Barry Hawkins 1-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    Ahh, shame. The long yellow is missed by Hawkins and to make matters worse, it's a double kiss. O'Sullivan has a straightforward clearance to pink to lead 3-1.

  110. Barry Hawkins 1-2 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Hawkins downs a lovely red along the cushion and he now has to do the same with the next one.

    Brilliant pot and all the reds are clear. Just the colours remaining.

    53-49 to O'Sullivan.

  111. Barry Hawkins 1-2 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins

    Oh yes Bazza. A brilliant red smashed into the yellow pocket and he can now get to work.

    "It's a chance Barry didn't think we would get," says Dennis Taylor on commentary.

    Too right.

  112. Barry Hawkins 1-2 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Today's referee is Belgian Olivier Marteel, who also took charge of the World Championship final last May.

    He will be presiding over a possible 19 frames, with the first to 10 winning.

    O'Sullivan runs out of position after making 52 and there are six reds remaining, three of which are on the cushion.

  113. Barry Hawkins 1-2 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan

    Oh dear. Nerves, tension whatever you want to call it creeping in for Hawkins, missing a black off the spot. That's poor and O'Sullivan has an open table. Can't leave The Rocket chances like these, it's asking for trouble.

    You wouldn't leave your front door unlocked before going to bed at night, would you?

    Exactly.

  114. Barry Hawkins 1-2 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    A poor safety from Hawkins in the frame before the mid-session interval allows O'Sullivan to take a long red. He can't follow it up with the pink though and Hawkins has his hand on the table.

  115. Stick with him

    Ken Doherty

    1997 world champion

    "Hawkins will expect O'Sullivan to produce some magic but he is still only one frame behind. He has to stick with him all the way through and not let him build a lead."

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    Ronnie
  117. Barry Hawkins 1-2 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    Ronnie

    That's more like it. In a flash, O'Sullivan does the damage with the first century of the final. That was The Rocket at his finest, pocketing ball after ball without needing to take a moment to think.

    A total clearance of 136 and the crowd go wild.

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    Ronnie O'Sullivan
  119. Barry Hawkins 1-1 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Hawkins has to do better from the break off shot, he leaves a long red which O'Sullivan strokes in.

    No awkward reds for Ronnie to deal with, he should clean up on one visit here. Already 34 on the scoreboard.

  120. Post update

    Steve Davis

    Six time world champion

    "Generally, O'Sullivan responds very well to adversity. Sometimes he needs to put that on himself. He did have resolve last night against Stuart Bingham and it will be the same today."

  121. Ronnie composed

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven time world champion

    "O'Sullivan looks more composed than last night and there are not many facial expressions. It took him two visits which we are not used to when he is at his best."

  122. Barry Hawkins 1-1 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan

    And O'Sullivan does take his chance this time. That will make him feel a whole lot better.

    A 70 allows him to level.

  123. Barry Hawkins 1-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the frame

    A horrible shot from Hawkins, getting his safety wrong and O'Sullivan is left in the reds around the black spot.

    Surely he can convert this chance? It's like your mate playing you through on goal and you've got the whole target to aim at. Nothing difficult...

  124. Post update

    Dennis Taylor

    1985 world champion

    "O'Sullivan looks very focussed today and he seems relaxed. That may be because his psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters had a word with him before the match."

  125. Barry Hawkins 1-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Another disappointing visit to the table for O'Sullivan, making only 23. With his impeccable standards, things like that will get to him so can he keep himself together?

  126. Barry Hawkins 1-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan

    Hawkins with the first chance in the second frame but only makes eight, missing a long red to the yellow pocket.

    Now then, this is a bit of a buffet of O'Sullivan - all you can eat. How many points can he gobble up?

  127. Barry Hawkins 1-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Onto the second frame then with Hawkins full of confidence having taken a tense opener.

    O'Sullivan will want to get his hand on the table and knock in a quickfire frame-winning break.

  128. Disappointing for O'Sullivan

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion

    "Ronnie O’Sullivan would have been disappointed not to convert his first chance. The break came to an abrupt halt."

  129. Confidence for Hawkins

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven-time world champion

    Barry Hawkins

    "That will give Hawkins great confidence. O’Sullivan hasn’t had the cueball on a string and his safety has been ragged too. That will give Hawkins confidence."

  130. Barry Hawkins 1-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins wins the frame

    These battling frames will suit Barry Hawkins more with Ronnie O'Sullivan wanting to get on with the game.

    The Hawk swoops to take the green, brown, blue and pink to steal the opening frame.

  131. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    A lovely yellow stroked in by Hawkins, who is now two points behind at 50-48, and now he has a straightforward green to go at...

  132. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan

    An excellent safety from O'Sullivan by sending the red round the angles and Hawkins is snookered. He needs to use left-hand side on the cueball to create the angle, but it's too much and leaves the red on.

    O'Sullivan, black hair but white sideburns, has the upper hand now.

  133. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    46-46 in the first frame then, tight and tense. O'Sullivan snookers Hawkins behind the brown and it's a hit and hope. It goes safe.

    Ronnie fails to pot the red into the green pocket and Barry does the same. A shake of the head, he knows he needs to take those half-chances.

  134. Post update

    Dennis Taylor

    1985 world champion

    "Hawkins is a very popular player and a likeable lad. He got a good reception coming into the arena today."

  135. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins

    Some good pots and cannons played by Hawkins to bring reds into play. From the position the balls were in, he has done tremendously well to compile 46 and level the scores.

    Just one red remaining on the baulk cushion.

  136. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Mistake from O'Sullivan. Going for a red into the top left pocket but it's too thick. The cueball cannons the black and now Hawkins can get his hand on the table.

  137. Post update

    Dennis Taylor

    1985 world champion

    Barry Hawkins

    "Hawkins needs an easy starter to get himself going here but O'Sullivan is keeping things tight."

  138. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    A safety battle. Hawkins needs to force O'Sullivan into making a mistake. About five of the remaining eight reds are now in an awkward position, while the pink is on the yellow spot.

    Let's see the guys making a sizeable break from here...

  139. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    O'Sullivan is wrong side of the blue and has to leave himself a mid-range cut on a red which he misses. He was in amongst the reds there so will be disappointed to make only 45.

    A reprieve for Hawkins, who was probably thinking the worst when sat in his chair.

  140. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins

    Hawkins goes for a long red into the top right but it wobbles in the jaws. The cueball doesn't find its way back up to baulk, instead hitting the pack in the middle of the table.

    A mistake and it's an easy opening for O'Sullivan. 31 points and counting...

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    A good question. Ronnie O'Sullivan did say that the best he has ever felt during a match is when he beat today's opponent Barry Hawkins in the 2013 World Championship final.

  142. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Of course, the first frame is extremely important to settle the nerves and get yourself going.

    Hawkins won't want to fall behind and play catch-up as O'Sullivan is the best front-runner in the game.

  143. Barry Hawkins 0-0 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins breaks off in the first frame but it's poor as he leaves a red hanging over the left middle.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan pockets the red with his first shot but can't find position and sneaks in behind the yellow.

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  145. In the comm box

    Paul Battison

    BBC Sport at Alexandra Palace

    The best seat in the house. This is the view from the commentary box. Ken Doherty and Dennis Taylor are the duo on the microphone for the first session.

    Comm box
  146. Post update

    Barry Hawkins v Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Barry Hawkins is the first man down the Alexandra Palace steps. With a beaming smile, he looks very relaxed.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan, dressed in an all-black combo, acknowledges the fans before making his way to his seat.

  147. 'Ronnie will be up for it'

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven time World Champion

    "It is not ideal for Barry Hawkins playing against someone who he has only beaten once. Hopefully, he can forget the occasion and play to his best. It will be a big test for him.

    "None of the players pay attention to what Ronnie O'Sullivan says, he will be up for it today."

  148. Head-to-head

    Barry Hawkins v Ronnie O'Sullivan

    How the two players in this year's final match up...

    Hawkins v O'Sullivan
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    What do you reckon then? Will Ronnie O'Sullivan win his sixth Masters title or can the underdog Barry Hawkins upset the odds?

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  151. Fans' favourite

    Paul Battison

    BBC Sport at Alexandra Palace

    Merchandise

    Ronnie O'Sullivan, playing in London just a few miles away from his home, is the face of the merchandise stall here at Alexandra Palace.

    I've not seen any half and half scarves yet though.

  152. BBC coverage

    Barry Hawkins v Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Alexandra Palace

    We are under way on BBC Two and at the top of the page with live and uninterrupted action of the Masters final. Tune in.

  153. The final two

    Barry Hawkins v Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Nine months without playing in a major tournament before turning up and reaching the final. His fellow players must be sick at the sight of him.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan last played competitive snooker in a big TV event at the 2015 World Championship in April but has progressed to today's showpiece at Alexandra Palace.

    He comes up against a tough nut in Barry Hawkins, who is in superb form and will fight his opponent til the end.

    Welcome to the 2016 Masters final.

    Barry Hawkins