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Robertson Crushes Sick Fu

Neil RobertsonNeil Robertson thrashed a virus-stricken Marco Fu 6-0 at the Dafabet Masters to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Judd Trump.

Fu had been in fine form before Christmas, winning the Gibraltar Open, but the Hong Kong ace was unlucky to be struck by illness just before snooker’s biggest invitation event. He was clearly struggling throughout the match and managed a top break of just 45.

World number three Robertson took full advantage as he strolled into the last eight and continued his bid to reach a fourth Masters final since the event moved to Alexandra Palace in 2012. He will meet Trump on Friday afternoon in what looks sure to be an epic battle. Tickets for that match are still available, for details click here.

Australia’s Robertson hit a rich vein of form late in 2015, winning the Champion of Champions and UK Championship back to back, and will hope to make it a hat-trick of big titles this week in London, with a top prize of £200,000 up for grabs.

He dominated from the start tonight and rattled in breaks of 106, 57, 73 and 54 in a comfortable win.

“It was a strange match because Marco was off his game,” said Robertson, who won this title in 2012 and was runner-up to Shaun Murphy last year. “I didn’t do too much wrong, I just had to do my own thing and play the best I could. I had to make sure I didn’t let him back into the match and I finished it off well. I know Marco is not one to make excuses but he was obviously not right, which I suppose was fortunate for me. Good on him for coming out and trying to have a go.

“When the draw came out I felt that Marco was the one player the top eight seeds would want to avoid because he’s so good against the top players. To beat him 6-0 is a great scoreline. My next match will be harder for sure.”

Fu said: “I feel sorry for the fans who bought tickets for tonight because I’m sure they were looking forward to it, and that’s what they got. I feel sorry for Neil too because it must have put him off. It’s very disappointing for me. Last night I was sick a few times, and the way I was feeling I was thinking of pulling out, but it’s the Masters and that’s the last thing you want to do. Even if I had only one arm I’d keep playing.

“It was impossible to play and I didn’t believe that I could win. I take nothing away from Neil because he played well and I might have lost anyway, but perhaps 6-4 rather than 6-0.”