Alexandra Palace, London - 15-22 January
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BGC Masters 2012 - Neil Robertson v Judd Trump Semi-Final
Both Australia's Neil Robertson and Bristol's Judd Trump have many things in common, they are both brilliant long potters, both left handed and they have both never been in a Masters final before.
That all changed today as the 2010 world champion Robertson got the better of Trump 6-3 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,500 at Alexandra Palace in North London.
It was a scrappy opening frame between the two which lasted 35 minutes with Robertson eventually winning it after Trump missed a tricky black. The next frame also belonged to the Australian as he rattled off a great 100 clearance to go 2-0 up.
Trump finally got a frame on the board in the third thanks to a run of 76 which included some of his trademark 'naughty snooker' exhibiton shots at the end. Robertson's safety got the better of Trump in the fourth and he managed to get in to make a 89 break to extend his lead 3-1 going in to the interval.
When they resumed Trump could only make a break of 34 before he ran out of position. Robertson made a 41 himself but missed the black off the last red. He wasn't to be punished though as Trump missed the final blue which allowed Robertson to clear for a crucial 4-1 lead.
A scrappy seventh frame followed which Robertson eventually won thanks to contributions of 30 and 20. Trump found himself 5-1 down now, could he recover?
Robertson had a chance to clinch the match in the next but missed a red to the middle on 24 which allowed Trump to peg a frame back.
Trump had another chance in the next but missed a blue off its spot on 20 and Robertson punished him straight away with a 69 and he punched the air and shouted 'Come on!!!' to show how much the win meant to him as he won the match 6-3.
Neil said this after the match; 'I am over the moon to be in the final. I just put a new tip on last night and I was at my club in Cambridge until 11 o'clock last night. It was absolutely crazy as the club was packed and everybody was wondering what I was doing there!
I thought I controlled the match from start to finish. Judd did really well in the last couple of frames to put me under pressure but thankfully he missed a ball at the end and I was able to take full advantage.
Judd has got a couple mates in the crowd. I know they are all right lads but I don't like the fact that they say hello to me before the match and when he does something like fluke a ball they say 'Good shot Judd'.
Some people I know are a bit fed up with Judd. If you were filming him 24 hours a day you would know that he is nothing like the character he portrays on Twitter. Why does he want to be the next Mario Balotelli, why doesn't he just want to be Judd Trump?
Judd is only 22, he has achieved more in his career than most players would dream of and he has a huge future ahead of him. I have no doubt that he will be a multiple world champion.
Judd said this; 'The match was a little bit scrappy at the start and I think Neil dragged me down at the start. The new cloth seemed to play quite funny out there, the balls were more responsive than during the earlier matches and that put me off a little.
I don’t think that Neil played at his normal speed really, he is always quite slow. He did what he had to do to go in front. He was quite boring in the first couple of frames and I lost interest.
If I had played my best game I would of beat him quite easily. I've only got myself to blame really due to all of those long pots I missed.