O’Sullivan put together runs of 64, 82, 51, 129, 127 65 and 59 to dispatch world number 10 Murphy in what on paper looked a comprehensive win.
However, O’Sullivan cut a frustrated figure for much of the contest, particularly with some loose positional play, and the Magician had some momentum having taken the fifth frame to cut the arrears to 3-2.
But a missed blue in frame six handed the initiative back to O’Sullivan, who produced consecutive centuries to put himself within one frame of a third final in three years.
Champion of Champions
O'Sullivan clinches title with century in final-frame shootout
11/11/2018 AT 14:17
Murphy rallied again but his 102 in frame eight – his second century of the match after a 123 in frame two – only delayed the inevitable, with O’Sullivan taking the ninth frame, courtesy of two visits, to set up a showdown with either Kyren Wilson or Mark Allen.
“There were a lot of frames Shaun would have won but he didn’t so I am just relieved to get over the line tonight,” said O’Sullivan after the match.
The cue ball wasn’t under complete control, so that caused nerves within my game but the competitive side of me kicked in.
“Since the minute I got up, I have been nervous just thinking about this match,” said O’Sullivan.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

Friday
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-3 Shaun Murphy
Saturday
  • Kyren Wilson v Mark Allen
Sunday – final
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan v Kyren Wilson/Mark Allen
Champion of Champions
Wilson beats Allen in deciding frame to set up O'Sullivan showdown
10/11/2018 AT 23:23
Champion of Champions
Mark Allen hits three centuries to reach semi-finals
08/11/2018 AT 16:30