Robertson storms into quarters
Neil Robertson reeled off four frames in a row on Monday afternoon to complete a 13-7 victory against Mark Allen in the second round of the World Championship.
The Australian left-hander led 9-7 going into the final session of the best-of-25 contest and turned on the style with breaks of 59, 69, 94 and 92 to earn a quarter-final date with either Judd Trump or Ryan Day.
The only slight disappointment for 2010 world champion Robertson was his failure to make his 100th century break of the season, missing the black off its spot in the penultimate frame for the landmark and then a red down the cushion with the match already won in the last.
Robertson's tally of 99 centuries this campaign is already a big improvement on the previous single-season record of 61 by Trump in 2012/13.
"Those last two frames I was like a cricketer on 190 or something like that. It was unfortunate," said Robertson.
"I missed the black with one red left and I thought I hit the black perfectly and I was about to celebrate but it rattled in the jaws.
"That last frame there, I missed a really tough red down the cushion and I thought I hit it pretty good again but it wasn't to be. The snooker gods are going to keep you guys waiting a little bit longer."
On the other table, Welshman Dominic Dale wasted little time in putting the finishing touches on a 13-4 win over fellow qualifier Michael Wasley.
Leading 12-4 overnight, Dale needed only one frame of the final session to reach the quarter-finals for the second time in his career, where he will face Barry Hawkins.
His previous appearance in the last eight came back in 2000 but the 42-year-old has enjoyed a career revival this season, including victory at the Shoot-Out.
Dominic Dale (Wal) 13-4 Michael Wasley (Eng)Neil Robertson (Aus) 13-7 Mark Allen (NI)