Allen – “No one will get close to Neil if he remains in that form”

Mark Allen 1MARK Allen has said nobody in the game will be able to stop Neil Robertson from winning another world title if he continues his strong run of form in the remainder of the World Championship. 

Allen spoke out following his second round defeat to the Australian this afternoon – a win that puts Robertson just three wins away from winning a second World Championship title following his first triumph four years ago.

The Australian blitzed his way into the last eight of this year’s World Championship knocking in flawless breaks of 59, 69, 94 and 92 in less than an hour and a half to seal a 13-9 win – following his first round thrashing of Robbie Williams.

And Allen, who was left to wait for his first world title, admitted he was completely outplayed in the final session of the contest.

“What can you say about that last session? It was devastating snooker,” he said.

“I said to him at the end of he plays like that for the rest of this tournament then no-one can touch him and I include Ronnie in that.

“He played very well in his first match against Robbie Williams and that sort of put a marker down. I’m not being big-headed when I say it but to do it against one of the top players in the world, that really does send a message to even Ronnie. Ronnie’s never done that to me. I can’t see anyone getting close to Neil if he keeps playing like that.

“I know I played a couple of bad safeties and left him easy starters, but you leave him one shot and he’s nearly clearing the table. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say that you just got completely out-played.”

Robertson, who agonisingly was forced to wait for an historic 100th century break of the season after missing the black off its spot on a break of 94, said he was determined to do in front of seven times world champion Stephen Hendry in the BBC commentary box but it was not to be.

“I felt like a cricketer on 190 or 290,” he said.

“I thought I hit the black in the 19th frame perfectly and thought it was in and was about to celebrate. I had it planned in my mind, I was going to look at Hendry in the commentary box and Willie (Thorne) who’s given me all sorts of stick over the years about how bad a break-builder I am.

“The wall was lifted up and for everyone to enjoy it. But it just wobbled so I’ll have to wait a bit longer.

“Today it would’ve been quite easy to lose my focus at 12-7, but I maintained it and got the job done.

“It’s something people have been tweeting me about and I think it’s really fun – it’s brought something else to talk about at the Championship. Hopefully I get it in the next match and it’ll be an amazing achievement.”

Robertson will find out his quarter-final opponent later tonight as Judd Trump resumes his second round match against Ryan Day. Trump currently holds a 10-6 overnight lead.

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