24 march 2021 publish date

Under control. Tour Championship 2021

World number four Neil Robertson established a 6-2 lead over Jack Lisowski after the first session of their Cazoo Tour Championship quarter-final.

Robertson holds the upper hand in meetings with six-time ranking event finalist Lisowski. The Australian has won every time the pair have faced each other, holding a 4-0 lead in the head-to-head.

Lisowski is on the hunt for a maiden ranking title, having lost all three of his final appearances this season. The Gloucestershire cueman was runner-up to Judd Trump at the World Grand Prix, German Masters and Gibraltar Open.

It was Robertson who edged to an early lead, making breaks of 91 and 51 in establishing a 2-0 advantage. However, Lisowski ensured they went into the mid-session level with a run of 80.

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When they returned Robertson assumed full control of proceedings. The Australian fired in breaks of 73, 112 and 116 on his way to four on the bounce to lead 6-2 heading into tonight.

Jack decided to came back to the match by winning the first two frames of the evening session, reducing the gap to 6:4. However, Neil was not going to put up with this progress and won the next three frames, being on the verge of victory with a score of 9:4 after a break of 121 points.

Lisowski finally managed to bang on the door, responding with a great century of 129 points, before Neil Robertson finished the match in the next frame with a victory 10:5.

imageNeil Robertson will play in the first semifinal match on Friday with the winner of the quarterfinal between Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson, which will take place on Wednesday.

Robertson said: “I thought the way I finished off the first session was excellent. I knew Jack would have some kind of response, he maybe thought he was out of the match until he got a few more frames on the board.

“I was prepared to pounce on any kind of mistake he made. That is probably the next thing he has to do with his game, find that killer instinct. He can fly in matches against lesser opponents. It can take for him to go far behind against top players, before he relaxes and starts taking his chances.

“I feel really good. Some of the events I didn’t enter I felt as though I wasn’t going to give them 100%. I played really well in that, but ran into Kyren playing fantastically. I had no complaints and it was back on the practice table to prepare for that one and it was good to see my preparation paid off.”

The article is based on WST.TV