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Neil Robertson believes battle with O’Sullivan was the final

May 9, 2012 by Barny in News

Neil Robertson believes battle with O’Sullivan was the final

World Number Seven Neil Robertson believes if he had beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan in their World Championship quarter-final he would have gone on to win the tournament.

Robertson: “Ronnie and I particularly fancied our chances of winning (the tournament) if we won our quarter-final.”

The 30-year-old Australian claims in many respects the 2011-12 season had been the best of his career so far.

“Unfortunately I came up against Ronnie at his best in the World Championship, but I was very pleased the way I played.

“Overall I am absolutely delighted with my season.”

Robertson captured the UK Masters tournament and two PTC events in 2011-12 before ‘Rocket Ronnie’ defeated him at the Crucible.

“I think that was definitely the key match. Ronnie and I were the only recent winners of the title in the quarter-finals and I feel it was the match everyone was looking forward to seeing.”

The man from Melbourne performed some fantastic snooker over the season with notable victories against Shaun Murphy and Judd Trump, who he beat on two occasions.

Robertson is also one of the many professionals to call on O’Sullivan not to quit the sport after the recent expansion of the snooker your to 27 events.

“Every sport sort of needs your Ronnie O’Sullivans, your Judd Trumps or Steve Davis’ and it would be a real shame if he were to retire.”

As predicted by Robertson, O’Sullivan was triumphant in the World Snooker Championship final and this time it was Ali Carter who suffered at the hands of the Englishman.

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