Robertson battles to clinch place in final

NEIL Robertson will play Judd Trump in the final of the International Championship after a 9-5 semi-final win over Shaun Murphy.

The Australian got the better of a tough battle against the 2005 world champion winning a number of tight frames throughout.

Robertson came back from 3-1 down to win four frames on the bounce and led 5-3 at the interval. During his comeback Robertson made the tournament highest break so far of 142.

Murphy reduced his arrears in the first frame of the evening session before Robertson restored his two-frame cushion lead to 6-4 with a break of 91.

The next frame was decided on the remaining colours and an excellent long yellow enabled Murphy to clear up and tighten the screw on the match again as he trailed 6-5.

But the turning point came in frame 12 when a crucial safety error from Murphy on the final green paved the way for Robertson to clear up the table and take a 7-5 lead at the mid-session interval.

Murphy looked set to peg back Robertson’s lead once again after the restart but another safety error was to cost him dear when he left the blue close to the middle pocket. The 2010 world champion made no mistake and increased his lead to 8-5 and was then just one frame away from reaching the final.

And the next frame saw Robertson clinch semi-final glory winning a scrappy 14th frame to seal a 9-5 win.

Robertson and Trump will battle it out on Sunday in a best out of 19 frames clash with the winner collecting a huge cash prize of £125,000.

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