RECORD century maker Neil Robertson has said the moment he made his landmark 100th century of the season felt like the equivalent to hitting three 147 maximum breaks in a row.
The Australian made snooker history last night (Wednesday) when he became the first ever player to hit 100 centuries in a single season during his thrilling comeback win over Judd Trump to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship.
Robertson will next face Mark Selby in a bid to reach his second Crucible final following his first world title triumph four years ago. The match starts tonight (Thursday) at 7pm.
“It is an amazing mixture of emotions to take grasp of”, he said.
“There was such a great reception from the crowd. I was just so happy to do it with how close I got to Mark Allen.
“Through most of the match it wasn’t going my way and looking like I was going to get beat and be stuck on 99. That’s probably why it led to so much celebrations and relief.
“The crowd really enjoyed it, it was like I made three 147s in a row at the Crucible or something. It was electric.
But Robertson admitted the landmark had proved a distraction for him during his quarter-final battle and said he will need start to better against a player of Selby’s quality.
“In the first session I was getting very frustrated,” he said. “My focus was on the centuries and not the match.
“Best of 33 with Mark Selby is going to be really tough. I can’t allow myself to get bogged down so I have to approach the match the same way I did tonight. When I’m playing really well, I’m very difficult to beat.”