John Higgins, who entered the tournament as the defending champion, lost in the second round 11–13 against Steve Davis.
In the semi-finals, Neil Robertson defeated Ali Carter 17–12 and Graeme Dott beat Mark Selby 17–14. Robertson won the final 18–13, becoming the first Australian in the modern era to win the title. Ivan Speck of the Daily Mail said that if "it not been the world championship final, it would have been unwatchable", further expanding that "it was unbearable".
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