Resigned Ronnie O'Sullivan encounters rock solid Neil Robertson and is out of Masters snooker

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Ronnie O’Sullivan (WS-3) will not make the Masters eighth time this year. The crowd favorite was knocked out 6-4 by Neil Robertson (WS-4) at the Alexandra Palace in London on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Vincent Van GenechtenSource: BELGIAN

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The 39-year-old Australian immediately took the lead. ‘The Thunder from Down Under’ busted breaks of 119, 56, 50, 130 and 54 and took a 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 lead. With breaks of 66, 102 and 68, O’Sullivan came back to 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4, but on Robertson’s final sprint ‘The Rocket’ had no answer left.

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Robertson already won the Triple Crown tournament with the top sixteen in the world in 2012 and was runner-up in 2013 and 2015. To qualify for a fourth time in the final, he must pass the winner of a duel between Welshman Mark Williams (WS-8) and Scots John Higgins (WS-6), two two-time Masters winners, on Saturday.

“I wish Neil the best of luck in the remainder of the tournament,” said O’Sullivan. “I hope he does well. I don’t really care anymore whether I win or lose. I’d rather win, but when I won the World Grand Prix last month (10-8 in a final against Robertson), I wasn’t thrilled with that either.”

“I am very pleased with this performance,” said Robertson. “I saw after the game that my pot of success was 96 percent. That is very high, but it is also necessary if you want to beat O’Sullivan. You can’t miss a chance against him. Of course, the public was in favor of O’Sullivan. You should then remain calm and not take it personally. Ronnie has simply earned that appreciation over the past decades. He is their hero and I have a lot of respect for him myself. It’s been a while since I won this tournament, hopefully I’ll get another chance on Sunday.”

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