Neil Robertson (7/4 – The Masters 2022 Outright) says he is “really happy” to have reached the semi-finals of The Masters 2022 after getting the better of Ronnie O’Sullivan, whose bid for a record-extending eighth title fell short.
The Australian, who won this event back in 2012 when beating Shaun Murphy in the final, made breaks of 119 and 130, plus three half-centuries, to defeat the Englishman 6-4 at Alexandra Palace.
Robertson looked impressive throughout the victory and he was pleased to have advanced into the last-four stage of the tournament for the first time since the 2019 edition.
“I am really happy with getting through,” he told BBC Sport. “My pot success was at 96%, so that tells you I was potting a lot of balls and not making too many mistakes.”
Next up for the 39-year-old is a semi-final against Welshman Mark Williams, who managed to edge out Scotland’s John Higgins in a final-frame decider to secure his progression.
The 46-year-old, who is 7/1 to secure his third Masters title and first since 2003, has praised the fantastic crowd at Ally Pally for creating an atmosphere he hasn’t felt before.
“I have never experienced anything like that. The crowd was unbelievable,” Williams told BBC Sport. “I could not feel my legs in my chair. Thanks to the crowd because it made the occasion even more special.
“If John and I keep playing like that, maybe we will be here for a good few years yet.”
Friday’s action will see the final two quarter-finals take place and the first of those, getting underway at 13:00, will see Judd Trump take on rival Kyren Wilson in what promises to be a fantastic encounter.
In the final QF clash, Barry Hawkins take on fellow Englishman Mark Selby (Hawkins 17/10, Selby 4/9 – Match Winner).