Robertson is determined to add to his tally of major titles
Neil Robertson insists he has worked harder for this year’s Betfred World Championship than for any other tournament in his career – and it showed as he thrashed Jamie Jones 10-2 in the first round.
World number four Robertson produced the most emphatic victory of this year’s event so far, rattling in three centuries and three more breaks over 50 as he cruised through to a last 16 meeting with Ali Carter or Alan McManus.
The Australian led 7-2 overnight and took less than an hour to finish off the match today, making a 133 in the opening frame this afternoon.
“Jamie is a dangerous opponent and he got to the quarter-finals here a few years ago,” said Robertson, who won this event in 2010 and has ten ranking titles to his name in total. “There were a few scrappy frames early on, then after that I played some really good snooker.
I have put the hours in for this event, more than any other in my career. I have even done more practice than Joe Perry, he has been leaving the club before me.
“I have realised that I could have done more in the past. I wouldn’t say I have under-achieved in my career, but if had made bigger sacrifices then I could have won more. If my career ended now, I would be disappointed with what I have won. So I’m going to continue to work hard next season, and the one after that, to get the best out of my ability.
“Before I came here I potted around 300 balls in practice without missing. That’s what Stephen Hendry used to do over spells of six or seven frames.
“Ronnie O’Sullivan is still the man to beat so it’s up to the likes of myself, Mark Selby and Judd Trump to wrestle that away from him.”
Welshman Jones said: “At 6-0 down yesterday I was just worried about the whitewash, so I was landed to win a frame. But 7-2 down after the first session was too far to come back from. It was still good experience for me.”