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Neil Robertson came from 3-1 down to beat Marco Fu 4-3 in the first round of the Players Championship in Thailand.

World number two Robertson was in danger of an early exit at the world ranking event in Bangkok when Fu made a break of 80 to go 3-1 ahead.

But Australia’s Robertson made a 74 in frame five before taking a tight sixth frame, then won the decider 61-16 to reach the last 16 of the £350,000 tournament.

“It was a very tough match, at 3-1 down I really had to dig deep,” said Robertson, who was runner-up in the tournament in 2012 and 2013. “Everyone has just flown in from the UK so it takes a couple of days to settle down. I didn’t feel tired, I just didn’t adjust to the conditions as well as I had hoped.

“Marco let me off a couple of times, he missed a good chance to win 4-2. That gave me a lifeline and I then made a good break in the last frame. I’ve been unlucky in a lot of matches this season but I have kept my patience and waited for the luck to go my way.”

Chris Wakelin kept his excellent recent form going with a 4-0 win over Robert Milkins, highlighted by breaks of 66 and 65.

Ding Junhui’s series of defeats continued as he lost 4-1 to Joe Perry, whose top breaks were 53, 98, 74 and 51.

Mark Allen came from 3-2 down to beat Ryan Day 4-3, making a break of 94 in the decider.

“I’m very happy to get through, even though I didn’t play that well,” said Allen. “I felt very tired today but at least I’m in the next round. I can relax now tomorrow and maybe go out of the hotel and see a bit of Bangkok. I haven’t qualified for next week’s China Open but that will give me more time to prepare for the World Championship.”