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Robertson sets up Selby showdown

Published 05/12/2015 | 02:30

Neil Robertson celebrates beating John Higgins during day ten of the 2015 Betway UK Snooker Championship at The York Barbican, York
Neil Robertson celebrates beating John Higgins during day ten of the 2015 Betway UK Snooker Championship at The York Barbican, York

Neil Robertson saw off John Higgins to stay on course for a blockbuster semi-final against Mark Selby at the Betway UK Championship.

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Higgins recovered from 4-1 down to force a deciding frame in perhaps the stand-out match of this year's event at York's Barbican Centre.

But the 33-year-old Australian wrapped up a tense 6-5 quarter-final win and reflected on "an emotional roller coaster".

Higgins opened up with the 600th century of his career, 119, but Robertson responded well to make 106, 59 and 71 to take the two frames before the interval and 56 to clinch the first frame back, but Higgins made 69 and a pair of 134s en route to 5-5.

But the 40-year-old Scot missed several chances in the decider, including rattling a red in a baulk pocket, and Robertson prevailed.

Irish Independent

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