O SULLIVAN ON COURSE TO RETAIN MASTERS TITLE


Masters 2nd Round
Ronnie O Sullivan 1 – 3 Robertson

World number one Ronnie O Sullivan came from behind to defeat Australian Neil Robertson and book his place in the last eight of  2010 Snooker Masters competition.

Neil Robertson started the match in the type of form that saw him win the Grand Prix event at the beginning of the season by taking the first three frames of the opening with the ‘Thunder From Down Under’ looking impressively sharp, especially on his long pots.

Defending Champion Ronnie O Sullivan looked shaky and was clearly damaged by his opponents form, however, the four times Masters winner managed to cut Robertson’s lead in the final frame before the mid-session interval with the Australian leading 3-1.

An unexpected right handed miss from Robertson followed by a short safety exchange allowed O Sullivan to hit back after the re-start with a break of 57 to cut the lead to just one and the World Number One levelled the match at 3-3 with a well compiled 87 in the 6th frame.

Both players had opportunities to take the initiative in frame seven but it was O Sullivan who completed a remarkable comeback and took the lead for the first time in the match after taking advantage of an unforced error by a clearly shaken Neil Robertson.

The Australian refused to let his opponents fight back affect him and instead reacted superbly by showing his true grit character to record the highest break of the tournament so far, a fantastic 140 to level the match once more but ‘the Rocket’ responded the only way he knew by recording his second century of the match. A break of 106 moved O Sullivan to within one frame of the victory.

Defending Champion Ronnie O Sullivan sealed the victory in style with a well-worked effort of 76 after taking advantage of a scrappy safety exchange to book a place in the quarter-final, where he will meet old rival Peter Ebdon.

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