German Masters: Anthony Hamilton beats Ali Carter to win first title
England's Anthony Hamilton won the first ranking title of his 26-year career with a 9-6 victory over Ali Carter in the German Masters final.
The 45-year-old, nicknamed the Sheriff of Pottingham, fought back from 5-2 down to triumph in Berlin.
World number 14 Carter, winner in 2013, claimed the first three frames.
But Hamilton, ranked 66 and hampered by a neck injury in recent years, chalked up breaks of 118, 73, 74 and 70 as he recovered to secure victory.
'Dreams are made of this'
Hamilton's run to the final - his first since the 2002 China Open - included wins over the world number one and two, Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham.
The Nottingham potter was embraced by his father and mother as the crowd gave him a standing ovation after his victory.
"Dreams are made of this stuff," he said.
"It's been a fantastic week and I just can't ask for any more than this.
"I don't know what to do with the trophy as I've never had one."
Carter has won four ranking titles - the most recent in the World Open last summer was his first since being given the all-clear from lung cancer in 2014.
"Anthony played really well. He thoroughly deserved it. I'm delighted for him," Carter said.
Reaction to Hamilton victory
Ronnie O'Sullivan, five-time world snooker champion, told Eurosport: "I was on the amateur circuit with him and his mum and dad were there all the time.
"He's very self-deprecating. Every professional in the game will be over the moon for him."
Jimmy White, six-time world championship runner-up: "He's a really nice guy. It's just a wonderful moment. He's given his whole life to the game."