Impressive Robertson fights back to lift maiden UK Championship title

Robertson wins UK Champs

Neil Robertson beat Mark Selby 10-7 to win the 2013 UK Championship. Picture by Monique Limbos

NEIL Robertson battled back from 5-1 and 6-3 behind to defeat Mark Selby and lift his first UK Championship title.

The impressive Australian, ranked number one in the world, became the first overseas player in the history of the game to have won the triple-crown – winning all three of the sport’s biggest events, The World Championship, The Masters and now the UK Championship following his 10-7 win.

After coming back from behind Robertson never looked back and a break of 57 in the 17th frame clinched him the trophy and the £150,000 cash prize.

The victory gave Robertson his second major title of the season following his Wuxi Classic triumph in the summer and his third of an impressive 2013 which saw him lift the China Open in April.

Leading 5-3 after the first session, Selby looked to have control when he took the first frame after the restart to go 6-3 up.

But from that moment it was one-way traffic as Robertson produced a brilliant spell of snooker as he went from behind to being in control of the match.

The Australian bounced back from the session’s opening frame quickly with a break of 56 in the next to cut his deficit to two frames before a sublime 122 in the eleventh frame reduced Robertson’s arrears to just a single frame at 6-5.

A ruthless and dominant break of 132 – the highest of the match – saw Robertson complete a recovery as he went into the mid-session level at 6-6.

The fightback from Robertson saw him score more than 400 points without reply as the match began to swift towards the world number one.

Robertson then took the lead for the first time after dominating frame 13 before a break of 47 helped him edge closer to his maiden UK Championship title at 8-6 in front.

Selby kept his hopes alive after a brilliant swerving pot on the opening led to breaks of 42 and 74 halfing his deficit to a single frame at 8-7.

The 16th frame saw plenty of tense drama and for Selby it was possibly the moment that ended his defence of the UK Championship title. A close frame appeared to be won by Selby who just needed the final black to level at 8-8.

At the crucial moment Selby opted to get both the white and black cleaned by referee Brendan Moore before he missed it along the bottom cushion and left it for Robertson to tap in for the frame.

Selby kept going but a break of 57 steered Robertson over the winning line to seal a 10-7 win.

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