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article imageNeil Robertson is Snooker's Master

By Tim Sandle     Jan 22, 2012 in Sports
London - Australia's' Neil Roberston has won the BGC Masters, a major snooker tournament in style, by beating England's Shaun Murphy 10-6.
The final of snooker's third biggest tournament - the BGC Masters at London's Alexander Place - is over and Neil Robertson is the winner. ProSnooker reports that Robertson won a first prize of £150,000 ($233,000) and the coveted trophy. with a victory over Shaun Murphy by 10 frames to 6.
As Digital Journal reported earlier, Neil Robertson (Australia) carried a narrow 5-3 lead over Shaun Murphy (England) into the final session. The final began as a closely fought contest with Robertson levelling the scores at 2-2 and then the match edged to 3-3. However, in the closing two frames of the day Robertson played very well and compiled frame winning breaks of 72 and 59.
The BBC reports that In the opening frames of the evening session, Murphy won the cagey opening frame by 79 points to 21 before Robertson extended his lead to 7-4, making a break of 101 in the process. Robertson then added two more frames and at 9-4 it seemed as if he would win the match comfortably.
It was at this point that Murphy stormed back winning two frames without Robertson potting a ball. In these two frames Murphy produced quick-fire breaks of 52 and 76, both of which included some good pots including a very difficult length-of-the-table blue. Seeing that he had been frozen out for nearly half-an-hour it was to Robertson's credit that he compiled a break of 70 to clinch the sixteenth frame to take the match and championship 10-6. Robertson began his winning break with a terrific long red.
The Masters is one of snooker's longest-running tournaments and has always been held in London. The first tournament was held in 1975. Over the years all of snooker's great players have won the tournament. Scotland's Stephen Hendry has the most victories with six titles. Unlike ranking events, which are open to all professionals, the Masters is only open to the elite top sixteen players in the world. Due to it always containing the best field the tournaments is difficult to win.
World Snooker's summation of the match indicates that both players scored well. Murphy, the 2005 world champion, had a top break of 102 whilst Robertson, the 2010 world champion, compiled two century breaks: 103 and 101. Across the tournament Murphy compiled the most centuries, knocking in seven breaks in excess of 100. However, it was the more balanced tactical play of Robertson which proved the strongest over the course of the event.
The frame scores were:
61-57, 30-93 (65), 7-116 (102), 120-6 (103), 74-37, 25-60 (53), 72-0 (72), 72-48 (59), 21-79, 101-32 (101), 57-14, 80-9 (76), 76-23 (76), 0-85 (52), 0-86 (86), 109-0 (70)
The next big tournament on the snooker calendar is a ranking tournament in Germany, which begins on February 1.
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