Saturday 18 November 2017

In Brief: Robertson hits consolation 147

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Neil Robertson recorded a maximum 147 break in the second round of the China Open -- but it was the only frame he won.

Robertson potted 15 reds, 15 blacks and all the colours to record his first maximum and earn a £20,000 bonus.

But the Australian managed just 99 more points in the next four frames as former world champion Peter Ebdon ran out a 5-1 winner to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Stephen Hendry thrashed Ryan Day 5-0 to set up a quarter-final clash with Antrim's Mark Allen.

Allen had earlier beaten Stephen Maguire 5-3, holding off a fightback from his Scottish opponent with a decisive break of 60 in the final frame.

Welshman Mark Williams won a high-class encounter of world champions, beating Scotland's John Higgins 5-2.

Rafael Nadal brushed aside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the semi-finals of the the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, winning 6-3 6-2.

The Spaniard took just one and a half hours to dispose of eighth seed Tsonga, who had not dropped a set all tournament heading into the match.

Nadal was in commanding form from the start and, having broken Tsonga's serve in the final game of the first set, swiftly broke for the third time in the match to take firm control.

David Haye is ready to justify his claim of being boxing's most devastating puncher when he defends his WBA world heavyweight title for the first time.

The 29-year-old Londoner predicts a "dramatic" early conclusion to his showdown with wily American veteran John Ruiz in Manchester tomorrow night.

Ruiz has been knocked out just once in 54 contests, slumping to a first-round defeat to David Tua in 1996, and is respected for his durability.

For Haye, an opponent who went 36 rounds with Evander Holyfield over three fights a decade ago provides the perfect opportunity to prove he belongs in the heavyweight division.

"I believe that pound for pound I'm the hardest puncher in the world and this will be a great indication of that," said the former undisputed cruiserweight champion.

"John Ruiz got stopped 14 years ago when he was caught cold early in the fight by one of the biggest punchers out there."

Irish Independent

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