NEIL Robertson stands just four frames away from winning his first major title of the season after he sailed into a 6-1 lead against Mark Selby in the China Open final.
The Australian is in command and on track to lift his first major title since capturing the Masters title last year after a dominant display in a tactical opening session in Beijing.
Selby, playing in his second China Open final, has struggled to find the form which has seen him impress throughout the week en-route to today’s finale.
Despite winning the first frame, the snooker Gods have not been on Selby’s side as he’s struggled to get a good run of the ball when on the table falling in unlucky positions on several occasions.
But the Australian, looking to avenge Selby’s victory over him in the Betfair Masters final in January, took the chances handed to him winning six frames on the bounce.
Leading 2-1, Robertson won a tense and forty minute fourth frame on the final black to take a 3-1 lead after Selby missed chances including a thin cut on the black to level at 2-2.
After Robertson won the first frame after the mid-session interval, there was more bad luck for Selby as he unluckily went in off when potting the final brown in pursuit of reducing his deficit. The foul led to Robertson clearing the table to take a 5-1 lead.
And the world number three stretched his lead even further when he had the better of another tactical frame to take a significant five frame lead at the halfway stage.