New world number one Robertson on verge of homeland glory

Neil Robertson. Picture by Monique Limbos

Neil Robertson. Picture by Monique Limbos

NEIL Robertson’s start to the new season got even better after victory over Mark Davis sealed his place in the Australian Open final as well as moved him back to the top of the world.

Australian Robertson will need to beat Judd Trump tomorrow (Sunday) to win his homeland tournament for the first time. The final will be a repeat of the epic World Championship quarter-final two months ago which Robertson won 13-11.

This was a fairly comfortable semi-final win for Robertson who strolled his way to a 6-2 win against Davis who was looking to move back into the elite top 16 of the world rankings.

Robertson has won all ten matches he has played this season and could move to eleven ranking titles should he continue his reign of form on Sunday.

Breaks of 84 and 80 helped Robertson to a 3-0 lead before Davis hit back winning the next two frames.

But Robertson, bidding to win his second major ranking event in as many weeks following his Wuxi triumph a week ago, won the next three frames to return to number one in the world rankings overtaking world champion Mark Selby.

“To win last week and then get to the final here is amazing,” Robertson said after his semi-final victory.

“Let’s hope I’ve got a bit left in the tank for tomorrow. Judd has an advantage because he has had five or six hours more rest. Hopefully I can get the job done.”

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