Neil Robertson narrowly missed historic century record because it was 'too easy'

February 23, 2022
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Neil Robertson is in seemingly unstoppable form at the moment (Picture: Getty Images)

Neil Robertson reckons complacency set in as he was on course to become the first player ever to make five consecutive centuries in a professional match, having to settle for a break of 76 in the fifth and final frame.

The Thunder from Down Under was in outrageously good form as he beat Alfie Burden 5-0 in the European Masters on Tuesday, knocking in breaks of 105, 101, 107, 116 and then 76, with Burden’s seven points in the last frame the only time he troubled the scoreboard.

The immense performance could have proved to be a piece of history as no one has ever managed five tons on the spin and the Masters champion was left a bit frustrated he missed out.

Having rolled in the first four centuries and with a good chance for the fifth, Robertson reckons things just got a bit too easy for him.

‘A bit of a shame at the end there where I had the balls at my mercy to make five in the row, it would have kept him scoreless as well,’ Robertson told WST.

‘But Alfie’s a great mate of mine, so it’s not something I’d have looked forward to doing against him.

‘I potted some really good balls when I had it all to do. Then in the end it was probably a little bit too easy at the end there, I over-ran a positional shot on the pink, if I had finished straight on the pink I would have potted the last few balls easily. It would have nice to do, but four centuries in a row will have to do, I suppose.

‘It would have been a nice record to have. The fact I had the balls at my mercy, I’m disappointed not to convert that very rare opportunity. It’s like a golfer missing a chance to shoot 59.

‘You need everything to go right, and to get good splits on the reds. My positional play was fantastic but you still need luck when you go into the pack.

‘Really happy with the performance, it was really, really good. I felt for Alife because he didn’t do anything wrong!’

Neil Robertson
Robertson picked up his second Masters title last month (Picture: Zhai Zheng)

The 40-year-old has been in blazingly good form this year, winning the Masters last month and the Players Championship just a couple of weeks ago, adding to his English Open title earlier in the season.

He has Chinese youngster Pang Junxu next up in Milton Keynes as he looks to add a second European Masters title to his CV after winning the tournament in 2020.

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