Jan 21 2012
Neil Robertson has reached the final of the BGC Masters following a 6-3 win over an out-of-sorts Judd Trump at Alexandra Palace.
Robertson was the more clinical of the two to set up a meeting with either John Higgins or Shaun Murphy.
Robertson had been upset by cheers from the audience when Trump fluked shots but claimed it helped him to secure the victory, telling BBC1: "If anything it made me play better. It's disappointing because Judd is a fantastic lad and he is nothing like those guys."
Robertson admitted he was surprised Trump kept going for his shots rather than adapting his style of play, adding: "It was interesting because he kept going for it and going for it. I thought I played really good match-play snooker and thankfully he missed a couple today."
Trump made the worst possible start to the match when he got Robertson on the board when the cue ball went in off a long red.
Robertson won that frame and then took the next with a century clearance.
A break of 76 helped Trump get off the mark in frame three as he dominated for the first time in the contest.
But Robertson regained his two-frame advantage in the next. A break of 89, with his opponent once again scoreless, meant Robertson went into the break with a 3-1 lead.
Robertson just edged home in the next to lead 4-1 and even presented his opponent with chances in the sixth before taking it to stand on the verge of the final.
Trump belatedly fought back to win two frames in a row but was again the architect of his own downfall in the ninth frame when he missed a blue into the middle. Robertson needed two visits from that point but was able to clinch the frame to win the match.