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Neil Robertson insists his surprise first round defeat in the Betfred World Championship did not take the shine off an otherwise excellent 2015/16 season.

The Australian won the Champion of Champions and UK Championship last term as well as reaching the final of the Welsh Open.

He was rated one of the favourite heading to Sheffield, but lost 10-6 in the opening round against Michael Holt.

“I just ran into an in-form opponent who played some really inspiring snooker,” said world number five Robertson. “These things happen, there were a lot of upsets in Sheffield this year and that’s because the players ranked lower down have a lot more belief that they can beat the top players.

“You can’t win every tournament – the most important thing is to take advantage when you get to finals and I won two out of three so I had to consider it a great season.

“My only targets for this season are to keep improving as a player and try to defend the titles I won last year. I’ll be working hard to prepare for the big events.”

Robertson made a strong start to the campaign by winning his qualifying matches for the World Open and Kaspersky Riga Masters last week. The 34-year-old added: “I’ve had some family over from Australia for the last few weeks so I’ve just been relaxing. I’ll start practising a bit more now but I don’t expect my season to really get underway until September or October.”