Wakelin Stuns Robertson
Chris Wakelin continued a red hot streak of form, winning his 16th consecutive match on the circuit and beating Neil Robertson 5-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the BetVictor German Masters in Berlin.
The Nuneaton cueman claimed an emotional first ranking event win with victory at the BetVictor Shoot Out last Saturday. This afternoon’s result puts him in a strong position to qualify for the upcoming Players Championship and solidifies his position in the top 16 on the one-year list. Robertson has been left with work to do if he is to be in Wolverhampton to defend his title.
It is a quick turnaround for Wakelin, who now faces Robert Milkins in the quarter-finals this evening. Last season’s BetVictor Gibraltar Open winner Milkins came through with an impressive 5-3 defeat of Luca Brecel.
Robertson seized the early initiative this afternoon, moving 3-1 ahead at the mid-session interval. However, Wakelin appears to have been buoyed by last week’s landmark victory and displayed great resolve to force his way back into contention.
Breaks of 102 and 50 helped him to take the next three frames and move one from the win at 4-3. Australia’s 23-time ranking event winner Robertson showed his class to fire in a 133 and force a decider. It was Wakelin who again showed his steel under pressure and runs of 46 and 20 helped him over the line for a huge win.
Ali Carter eased to a 5-1 win over Louis Heathcote to book his place in the last eight. He now faces Pang Junxu, who beat Ricky Walden 5-1.
The four quarter-finals will take place at 8pm (CET) this evening.