Neil Robertson reveals his new game plan strategy in hope of more Crucible glory

Neil Robertson says his focus is to dictate matches on his “own terms” as much as possible in pursuit of a second World Championship crown.

The Australian, one of the huge favourites to win snooker’s most famous trophy in the coming weeks, sailed through to the next round with a 10-3 thrashing against Liang Wenbo.

The world number 3 won all of his four frames on Sunday night to book a second round clash against either Jack Lisowski or Ali Carter.

Robertson goes into the tournament in hot form after winning the Tour Championship in dominant style in March.

He was crowned world champion in 2010 but has so far failed to win it for a second time or even reach the grand final since.

In recent years Robertson has been much fancied after impressing in the early rounds – but has struggled to keep his winning run going throughout the whole 17 days.

Neil Robertson. Picture by Monique Limbos

A determined Robertson told BBC Sport after his first round win that this year he is eager to play his own game in every session he plays and not be dictated to.

He said: “I’m just keeping it one match at a time, one session at a time.

“The last six or seven years I’ve breezed through the first two rounds and everyone’s made me favourite in four or five of those – so I need to lower my expectations and don’t get too excited.

“I need to make sure that every session I play this year is on my terms and I don’t get stuck into long safety duals because that’s the best way to stop me, as has been proven in the last few years.

“All the players I’ve lost to have been guys who have made it really tough for me. So that’s going to be the focus this year.”

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