Alexandra Palace, London - 15-22 January
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Day 6 Quarter-Final Live - Neil Robertson v Mark Williams
PHOTOS FROM THE MATCH
12.09 - Just arrived at Alexandra Palace having battled my way through traffic and people from the Model Railway Exhibition also happening at the venue (this place is huge!).
12.12 - Looking forward to this clash between two of the best left-handed players in the modern game. Neil Robertson based on the form of the previous round is the slight favourite with SkyBet to win at 8/11 but there is some merit for Mark Williams to win at 11/10. I would have to favour Robertson myself to win, his break building and all-round game was the stronger of the two but it should be an interesting tie anyway.
12.22 - Match is about to start. If you live in the UK you can watch it live on the BBC here or if you live outside here.
13.21 - Scrappy start for the first frame. Both players had chances but Neil Robertson manages to nick it at the end. The Australian leads 1-0.
13.30 - Loose break-off shot by Neil Robertson allows Mark Williams to get straight in with a cracking long red and he follows it up with a well controlled break of 78 to level the match at 1-1.
13.55 - Another scrappy frame but once again Robertson manages to get in at the end to nick it on the black for the second time. Robertson now has a 2-1 lead.
14.07 - A simple missed red early on from Williams cost him dear as Robertson manages to hit in a break of 95. Unfortunately he missed a simple green which could of got hima century but he won't mind. The Thunder from Down Under goes in to the interval with a 3-1 lead.
14.09 - Both players haven't hit full rythym yet but thankfully for Robertson most of the mistakes have come from the Welshman. Williams will need to tighten up his game to stand any chance when they resume in 15 minutes.
14.14 - Williams tweets during the interval; '3 1 down, could have been 3 1 up myself. never mind thats life. second half to go'
14.23 - Williams was in the media room during the interval joking with Rob Walker, he's always such a laid back character.
14.43 - Robertson seemed to have problems with his tip when they resumed, he even tried using former professional and World Snooker staff member Gary Wilkinson's ID card to try to file it down a bit. It seemed to affect him in the earlier stages of the frame but after Williams made a mistake on the blue, Neil cleared up to extend his lead to 4-1.
15.01 - Williams looked a lot more comfortable in this 6th frame as two small contributions were enough to see him clinch the frame. He pulls the match back to only trail 4-2.
Mark Williams now only trails 4-2.
15.10 - After Robertson gets in off a long red he only manages 28 and straight away Williams hit back with a 68 to nick another frame off the Australian. He rattles off his second frame in a row to reduce the gap to only 4-3 behind.
15.30 - Williams had a chance at a red after going in to the pack off the black but was hampered and stuck it up for Robertson who took little time compiling a lovely 119 break to take a 5-3 lead. He only needs one more to progress to the semi-finals.
15.45 - Could we have our first decider of the tournament? Robertson's long game has been letting him down in recent frames and once again he lets in Williams who makes a 78 break to go only one frame behind at 5-4.
Neil Robertson comes through a 6-4 winner.
16.26 - In what turned out to be the final frame, Williams misses a black off the spot which allows Robertson to make a contribution of 50 which eventually is enough for him to come through a 6-4 winner. He will face Judd Trump in tomorrows semi-final, should be a great encounter between these two attacking left-handed players.
Here are some quotes from Neil Robertson;
'I'm very happy to get a win against the world no 2, Mark Williams is a legend of the game. I nicked a couple frames on the black which were key.'
On the subject of Williams' comeback; 'I didn’t have many clear cut opportunities to win many frames he just played good frames, I cant complain too much at 4-3 and a made a really good century to go 5-3 up. I was just looking for one good chance and I got it in that last frame.'
On the damaged tip; 'It was probably the worst thing to happen. I was just trying to get through the match and it was flaring up all over the place, I was happy to get through with it. I have to take it off tonight and play a new one in and hope its all right tomorrow. With me it takes a good 4-5 days to get used to a new tip so its going to be very difficult.'
Speaking about his semi-final opponent; 'I don’t know why Judd called me a slow player. Everyone is entitled to their comments, my match with Judd in the UK Championship I know that if I made it an open-attacking game during the second half I knew I would get beat.'
'I have run in to him in the last two BBC events and they have been well fought close games. He will be full of confidence tomorrow after beating Ronnie so he will take some stopping.'
FRAME SCORES - 45-44, 0-78 (78), 51-42, 95-9 (95), 81-31, 1-72, 30-72 (68), 119-20 (119), 12-90 (78), 66-6 (57)