Full name: Neil Robertson
Birth date: 11th February 1982
Born in: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nickname: THE THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER
Known for: His exceptional break building and safety play.
Neil Robertson (born 11 February 1982) is an Australian professional snooker player from Melbourne, Australia. He won the 2010 World Championship and was the world number one later in the same year. Robertson is the only Australian to have won a ranking event, and was undefeated in his first six televised finals.
Robertson began his snooker career at 14, when he became the youngest player to make a century break in an Australian ranking event. Then, when he was 17 years old, he reached the third qualifying round of the 1999 World Championship. In July 2003, Robertson won the World Under-21 Snooker Championship in New Zealand. This earned him a vital wildcard spot on the subsequent WPBSA Main Tour. In 2003 he won the qualifying tournament for a wildcard place at the 2004 Masters, where he subsequently lost 2-6 to Jimmy White in the first round.
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He made his breakthrough in the 2006/2007 season. After finishing top of his group at the 2006 Grand Prix’s round robin stage (he lost only one match: his opener against Nigel Bond by 2-3), Robertson then beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-1 in the quarter-finals of the event. So he went on to the semi-finals, being only the fourth Australian ever to do so in a ranking event. He beat Alan McManus 6-2 in the semis, to reach his first major final, where he faced a fellow first-time finalist, the unseeded Jamie Cope, whom he beat comfortably by 9-5 to win his first ever professional ranking tournament. The win earned Robertson £60,000, his highest amount of money earned in one tournament.
He reached the second round of the 2007 World Championship, losing 10-13 to Ronnie O’Sullivan despite at one stage winning six frames in a row. Robertson started 2007/2008 season poorly, making early exits in three of the first four ranking events, plus the 2008 Masters and 2008 Malta Cup. He did reach the quarter-finals of the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy after wins over Jamie Cope and Ian McCulloch. He finished the season ranked 10th, but outside the top sixteen on the one-year list.
On 1 April 2010 Robertson made the first official maximum break of his career in his second round match in the 2010 China Open against Peter Ebdon. At the 2010 World Championship, Robertson defeated Fergal O’Brien 10-5 in the first round. In his second round match against Martin Gould Robertson trailed 0-6 and 5-11 before recovering to win the match 13-12. In the quarter-finals he defeated Steve Davis 13-5. He faced Ali Carter in the semi-finals, winning 17-12 to reach the final. There he defeated 2006 champion Graeme Dott 18-13 to become only the third player from outside the UK (and only the second from outside the UK and Ireland), and the first Australian, to become world champion in the modern era of the game.
Robertson won the 2012 Masters by defeating Shaun Murphy 10-6 in the final. He beat Mark Allen and Mark Williams in the opening two rounds, before facing Trump in the semi-finals for the second successive major tournament. In his first Masters final he opened up a 5-3 lead over Murphy in the first session and, although he lost the first frame upon the resumption of play, won four frames in a row to stand on the edge of the title. Despite a brief fightback from the Englishman, Robertson secured the frame he needed with a break of 70 to become the fourth man from outside the United Kingdom to win the event.
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