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Red-Hot Robertson Crushes Carter

Neil Robertson

Robertson has now made the two highest breaks of the tournament, 143 and 145

Neil Robertson made four centuries – including a tournament high break of 145 – in a 13-5 victory over Ali Carter to reach the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship.

Australia’s Robertson has been in tremendous form so far at the Crucible, conceding just seven frames in his two matches and making seven centuries. The 2010 champion is through to the last eight in Sheffield for the sixth time and now meets Barry Hawkins.

Robertson has won just one ranking event this season – the Wuxi Classic back in June – but insists he has practised harder than ever for this tournament and looks to have peaked at the right moment.

He led Carter 11-5 after the first two sessions, making top breaks of 60, 58, 129, 51, 115, 72, 119 and 71. The world number four took the first frame tonight with a 41 clearance then made a stunning 145 total clearance, a new front-runner for the £10,000 high break prize.

“When the draw came out and I saw I could play Ali if we both got through the first round, I thought it was the hardest second round match I could have had,” said 33-year-old Robertson. “He has been to a couple of finals here and seems to play his best at the Crucible. So to win 13-5 is a great scoreline for me. I played very well in the first session to lead 6-2, and then kept the pressure on.

“When you are 12-5 up it’s nearly impossible to lose so I thought about a crack at a 147, though I wanted to make the frame safe, and I was happy enough with a 145. The crowd were right behind Ali tonight and I know what it’s like to come back from 11-5 down – the crowd is always with the underdog.

“Last year I peaked a bit too early, this time I’m building up nicely. It will be a good match next against Barry, he’s got a good all-round game. Everyone wants to get to the the one-table set-up.”