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Robertson pegs Selby back

Neil Robertson mounted a stirring comeback from 5-1 down to level at 6-6 in his UK Championship final against Mark Selby.

Selby, who on Saturday made snooker's 100th official maximum as he won his semi-final against Ricky Walden 9-5, opened the final with a 130 and pulled away into a commanding lead.

But world number one Robertson crucially took the last two frames of the afternoon session and back-to-back centuries brought him level by the mid-session interval in the evening.

Selby's wife Vikki and Robertson's mother Alison were among a near-capacity crowd at York's Barbican Centre which gave the finalists a raucous reception.

Both players were straight into their stride with fine long reds but it was Selby who was able to go on and take the opening frame with an impressive clearance.

A 63 after a long safety battle drew Robertson level but Selby made 49 in the next and eventually took the frame.

Breaks of 39 and 35 were enough for a 3-1 lead, the latter after good safety forced Robertson into an attention-all-pockets thrash.

He won the first two back as well, Robertson missing a black in the second and also failing to take half-chances on the yellow and green.

The Australian finally narrowed the deficit in frame seven, though he had to work hard for it after a 54 break was ended when he fouled a pink in potting a red.

He kicked on from that to win the final frame of the session. On 46, he had to ask referee Brendan Moore to reposition the black as it was rocking off its spot to block his next red - but with the problem resolved he went on to make 123.

When the players returned for the evening, Selby took the first frame in a couple of scoring visits but breaks of 32 and 56 kept Robertson's momentum going.

He made a superb 122 in frame 11 and surpassed even that with a 132 to take the frame before the interval.

Robertson's three centuries in the match to that point took him to 58 for the season, just three shy of Judd Trump's all-time record of 61 set last season.