The world number one, Australian Neil Robertson, has thrashed defending Masters Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 in the semi-finals to reach his third Masters final; the 32-year old “Thunder from Down Under” was the 2012 Masters Champion and the 2013 Masters runner-up.
The Masters are played in Alexandra Palace in London and O’Sullivan, the “Rocket”, was the five-time winner and five – time runner-up of the Masters; he first became the Masters Champion in 1995 when he defeated John Higgins.
The “Rocket” was struggling from the start of the semi-final match and was never really settled; Robertson grabbed his chance and put some pressure early doors. The 2012 Champion won the first frame with a century break and stole the next two with breaks in the sixties, thus creating a 3-0 lead. In the fourth frame of the match the “Rocket” replied with a ton of his own and made his 101 break. The 3-1 result gave a glimmer of hope before the mid-session interval, but O’Sullivan lost the following three frames in 6-1 mauling.
This defeat put the end to the Rocket’s remarkable 15-match unbeaten run in ranking tournaments.
Robertson performed magnificently and produced exceptionally high standard of snooker to beat O’Sullivan; the “Thunder from Down Under” was in the sort of potting mood that saw him winning frames with one visit to the table.
Although the tournament finished for O’Sullivan, the five-time World Champion, the Champion of Champions tournament and the UK Championship set one record at the 2015 Masters: earlier on in the week O’Sullivan broke Stephen Hendry's record of 775 career centuries as he defeated Marco Fu, from Hong Kong, in the quarter – finals. His 776th career century was made in the first frame.
Robertson is a century giant himself; he was the highest century-maker last year with over 100 century breaks last season. In the finals the Australian will face the winner of the other semi – final played between Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy. Will the “Thunder from Down Under” add to his 2012 triumph?