Champion of Champions 2019: Neil Robertson beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 in thrilling semi to reach Sunday's final

Neil Robertson
Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson booked his place in the final of the Champion of Champions by edging Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 in a thrilling semi.

The match went down to a deciding frame in Coventry, with the Australian making a clearance of 90 in a match he described as 'one of the best I have ever been involved in'.

It was neck and neck throughout, with neither player able to build on a one-frame advantage, Robertson registering the highest breaks with 135 (the best tally of the tournament so far), 108, 90 and 87.

The 37-year-old held his nerve in the 11th and final frame to reach Sunday's showpiece event, with a £150,000 cheque up for grabs, where he will face the winner of Saturday's second semi-final between world number one Judd Trump and Mark Allen.

"It's definitely one of the best matches I've been involved in," Robertson reflected to ITV Sport after being taken all the way by O'Sullivan.

"Both players played to a fantastic level and the crowd enjoyed it. Ronnie was very aggressive and kept me under pressure so I had to respond and be aggressive as well.

"He has had the better of me in the past four or five matches, but when you get your chance, you have to take it."

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