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Snooker: Robertson romps to Masters title

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.

Irish Independent