Tuesday, 17 January 2012

A quick word about the flying Aussie

It wouldn't be right to sign off for the day without a few words about sensational Neil Robertson.

The Thunder from Down Under played out of his skin to beat Mark Allen 6-3 in the best match of the tournament so far.

Time and time again we talk about how far Robertson's game has come since he won the world title in 2010 and he's now proving that consistently.

Picture by Monique Limbos
He could hardly have drawn a tougher opponent in the first round at Alexandra Palace than the recent UK Championship finalist.

The fact that the Northern Ireland number one enjoyed pot success rate of 92% and still lost the match speaks volume about Neil's level of performance.

He's always had a natural flair for long potting and is one of the world's best in that department.

But now he's added the same kind of ability to clear as the likes of Stephen Hendry and John Higgins at their peaks plus a tactical nous that continues develop, it's hardly a surprise to see him shining.

People are saying Judd Trump or whoever beats him this week will win the Masters but that statement is arguably more applicable to Robertson who now has one of the best all-round games among the players at the top of the sport.

Never afraid of the big occasion, Robertson stepped up to win this excellent match and will take some stopping from here on in.

1 comment:

  1. He will certainly take some beating, but I think you could sense that Allen gave this one up a bit, not long after the interval.