Snooker: Robertson romps to Masters title
Published 23/01/2012 | 05:00
Australian Neil Robertson claimed the Masters title last night, holding off a late rally from Shaun Murphy to clinch the final 10-6.
Murphy took the opening frame of the evening session to narrow a 5-3 interval deficit, but 2010 World Champion Robertson replied with a stunning break of 101 to restore his two-frame advantage.
Robertson took the next 57-14 and followed that up with a frame-clinching break of 76 to leave Murphy's hopes hanging by a thread.
The Melbourne star then moved 9-4 clear before Murphy produced breaks of 52 and 86 to keep the match alive.
However, Robertson produced a run of 70 to clinch the title 10-6 and with it the £150,000 first prize.
Murphy had trailed 5-3 following a high-quality opening session, with his opponent winning the final two frames before the break.
Robertson took the opening frame of the contest and a long-range red gave him a promising start to the second, but Murphy took control, with a score of 65 doing the real damage.
The Englishman built momentum in the latter stage of the third, finishing with a break of 102, before Robertson fought back in the fourth with a closing 103.
Robertson also took the fifth but a marathon sixth saw Murphy strike back, putting a see-saw opening behind him to hit 53 and force Robertson to concede the frame.
Wonderful control of the cue ball saw Robertson pot a key green on the way to compiling a 72 in a one-sided seventh frame and he overcame Murphy's break of 46 with a 60 of his own to earn a two-frame lead heading into the interval.