Saturday, January 21, 2012

Robertson predicts huge game

Neil Robertson predicted a "huge game" against either John Higgins or Shaun Murphy after beating Judd Trump 6-3 on Saturday to reach the BGC Masters final.

China Open winner Trump held the upper-hand over Robertson going into their last-four showdown at Alexandra Palace, having beaten the Australian at the World Championship last season and UK Championship last month, but his potting game suffered against his opponent's all-round game. Anyone following the pre-match snooker betting will be wondering if has what it takes to go all the way.

The former world champion Robertson led 3-1 and 5-1 before Trump rallied – only for the Melbourne cue man to jump all over a mistake by the 22-year-old to close out the match in north London.

Robertson admitted Trump was not at his explosive best and was relieved to come through a tough test of his credentials.

"I thought I played really well to go 3-1 up. I thought I played really good matchplay snooker and thankfully he missed a couple," Robertson told BBC Sport.

Murphy beat world number one Mark Selby 6-2 to secure a Masters semi-final against world champion Higgins, who he will meet on Saturday night. World champion Higgins recorded five half-century breaks plus a 109 to beat Graeme Dott 6-3 and Robinson said he was anticipating another huge challenge.

"Hopefully I can keep my run [in finals] going and I'll be playing one of the two greats of the game. Either opponent, it's going to be a huge game," he added.

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