Robertson makes history

Robertson makes history

Resuming the evening session with a 12-10 lead, Robertson went on to beat former champion Dott 18-13 at the Crucible Theatre to claim the title.

"It's an amazing feeling to be world champion after a Titanic struggle of a match," a relieved Robertson said. "The pressure before the final and during the final was absolutely unbelievable because there's so much at stake."

However, the final showdown was somewhat overshadowed by the match-fixing allegations surrounding last year's champion John Higgins, which surfaced just hours before the contest got underway.

Robertson took a 12-10 lead over 2006 champion Dott into the final session on Monday, which rolled on past midnight.
At 14-12 ahead with the reds cleared, Robertson missed a crucial brown to the left middle pocket at 57-40 up. But he went on to sink the pink and take the 45-minute frame for a three-frame lead.

Robertson put the white down but Dott missed his subsequent shot and the Australian went on to take the frame 58-10 for a 17-13 lead. Robertson broke off in the final frame, in which both players showed their fatigue. Robertson played a plant for a 42-1 lead and the match time rolled past 12 hours.
He sank a pink to leave Dott needing snookers, then blew a kiss to his mother, clutching the Australian flag.

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