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Good evening. It is pretty lively and pretty busy and the players
lounge and before the start of the evening session some 14 centuries
had been carefully crafted and lapped up by record crowd here at
Alexandra Palace in the Dafabet masters. All ten players to have
starred so far in this tournament had made at least one century, so
great quality in great quantities, more centuries than in European
history. Five of those have come in a breathtaking match this afternoon.
Marco Fu, the Boston form player in the game against Judd Trump, this
one promised great things. And how else would possibly start, a century
of course, 1- to Judd Trump. He took the next as well and when Marco
missed this red, Judd got a 67 clearance, 3-0. Marco Fu stopped the
rot by becoming the tenth player at the Masters to record a century this
year. The next two frames were shared and then Marco stole the
seventh on the black adding a century to level at four frames
each. Judd powered Trump back in the lead with his second term, now 5-4
ahead. He missed a crucial black when looking good in the tenth
frame. He survived this click to level the scores again. And then the
decider, luck was smiling on Marco with this outrageous fluke. And he
went on to knock in a third century and claim a famous victory. Much of
the season. I have done at the tough way. First session was hard to take.
After that, I bounced back well and I just needed to be patient, have a
chance to do some scoring and some damage. I felt like I made a lot of
mistakes. I think my safety was very bad. In the end, I didn't play a
great break of and missed the red by so far and Buddha was a great
chance. To see that ball going, -- missed a great chance. Marco view is
still motoring in the form he found just before Christmas. He went all
the way to the semi final there and he kept on driving through, putting
some new changes to his cue action and his site realignment in a
wonderful run that give him the Scottish title. That was just before
Christmas. He lost none of that poise and scoring power over the
Christmas break. He is through to the quarterfinal, what a match. What
next from hour to competence this evening? With the Australian Triple
Crown winner, Neil Robertson and Ali Carter in action, we were always
guaranteed some pretty high-quality stuff this evening. It is a great
tournament. Just like all the BBC events are, I have not had a lot of
success here, but hopefully I am looking to change that this year.
Missing out last year was a bitter pill to swallow and to be back here
at this year is extra special. On paper, probably the hardest draw we
could have got. We could have got good draws in the Masters,
approaching the first-round, it is different, your planar top 16 player
in the first round. A different feeling, you are there straightaway.
I was looking for a draw and I thought who would I want to play if
I could hand-pick my own draw? I was struggling to find anyone. I know
what I will get with Neal and I have to concentrate and know what I am
good and I know what he is good at and you have to play well to beat
him but you never know with this game, sometimes you do not play well
and managed to win. I always enjoy playing Ali Carter. There are no
real weaknesses in his game, you feel comfortable playing him. Really
looking forward to it. It is like a final from the off. It is one table
and write new from the first day. This tends to bring the best out of
me. I glance at their previous matches tells us that Neil Robertson
has the best strike rate. Ali Carter was unceremoniously dumped here 6-1
a couple of years ago but since then he is back to full health, and won
his first major title this season in China for three years. Many expected
this to be far closer tonight. Robertson took the first frame with
an 85 break. Carter levelled it up and now we join them in frame three.
Stephen Hendry and John Bercow have teamed up for this one. -- John
Virgo. When you see this safety exchange
when the cue ball is coming back to the top cushion. The first
opportunity is a very good one. Everything is in the open. Where is
this thread going? No need to tell you, he did not play
that. This needs a good touch. Easy enough to hit the red here for
Ali Carter, he will need to be careful. He needs to nestle into
that bunch. And I mean Nassau, because if he comes away slowly, he
could leave that red to the far right corner. I wouldn't
overcomplicate the issue. I think it is dangerous to try and
hit a single red here, you need to go into the bunch and hope to get a
touch. That is the way I would player but
he is playing for the red above the black and that could go wrong. He
has left a red to the middle, wrong choice for me, that.
Points now are all square and Neil will look to score one. If he gets
most of these reds with colours, he will be able to win the frame. There
are a few obstacles but not that many, once he gets back down at this
business end of the table. Black is available into both corners.
He has played it nicely, in an ideal world, the light would be on the red
and in playing it, he would've not those red cent. The three reds, if
one of them is pottable into the left middle and the reason he is
looking for that, that would mean he does not have to any cannons. He is
playing this red and will look for a nice angle on the black.
Which he has got. This time he will try and leave himself low on the
middle and imparting that red he can bring those three reds into play. --
in parting. That is a little bit careless. He is OK. He has the
perfect angle and those three reds are open. -- potting. Even loosening
that little bit means that red staff. The available. As it turns
out, the right corner. 42 points the lead, 75 remaining so three of these
remaining reds would put him into the required state.
Quite a brisk pace, Neil Robertson. The reds have been in a decent
position. Eight seconds they shot quicker than Ali Carter and that is
quite a lot. This red will now put Neil 57 ahead
with 59 remaining and with every red you part, eight points off the
table. No problem. You talk about the pace of the way he has played
and he seems to be a better player when he is playing quick. He seems
to think too much about the game rather than let his natural ability
come to the fore. He is a much better player when he is being
aggressive. Sometimes when he plays, he changes
how he plays depending on who his opponent is. He should stick to his
own strengths. He is not touching the ball that he is trying to pot.
He has played it nicely. We were saying at the start that the
quality is so far from all the matches has been superb. So far,
this is the third frame and nothing has changed. He has just missed the
cannon which might stop us seeing the fifth 18th century of this
year's Dafabet masters. We will not be seeing the 15th. Good
standard, Neil Robertson. A break of 78 and now leads by 2-1. The former
Masters champion pushed on and won the frames either side of the
interval as well to move into a commanding lead but Carter summoned
some resistance in the sixth frame and we appear to have a match on as
we head into the seventh frame, Robertson to play, no score yet.
He missed the red and I would not have pushed the cue ball that far
up. The black is available here. He should have held the cue ball level
but the black. He just came off making a break of 73, Ali Carter, he
gets first chance here for me. Again, no hundred percent guarantee
where the cue ball will end up. He made sure he got the cue ball out.
If the yellow does not pass the red, he could be on nothing here. Surely
he is an yellow or green? When the cue ball was travelling, it appears
that the yellow does go. He could have expected to be on something
easier. Only the yellow. Got to get this. Good shot, right in the heart
of the pocket. He has got a good chance now.
Neil Robertson must be fuming in his chair. It was pretty simple to leave
the cue ball safe. Very careless. There has been a few tonight. He has
had a few careless ones. He has got to leave the cue ball,
stop now, that little chalk mark to the left of the black, let that cue
ball run a foot too far. There are a couple of cannons that
Ali Carter has played and he seems to be getting into the cue ball a
bit too much. He would be nicely onto the red at the right corner
pocket. If he can just drop it in and get position on the black, OK,
but you get the feeling that he may be running close to the back. --
black. Never easy using the spider, you always have to put that little
bit of extra concentration into the pot and give it a little extra bit
of elevation. He is trying to stun it in and come around the back of
the black, the black into the same pocket. Played it well. Played it
very well. 18. Still on track to win the frame at
this visit. Little shake of the head, a little
bit straighter than he would like. He has a few loose reds to play for.
He may have to be using the rest. I don't think he is too bad with the
rest. Maybe he feels he can reach this with the extension but I think
he will be at full stretch. I was just thinking earlier on, levy that
is why he's getting the extension, stretching out for this one. -- may
be that is why. He could not have played a much better than that. He
has got the one loose red. The pink is in a pottable position.
Looking at it now I think he played for the red closest to the pink but
he didn't go far enough up the table. He's got this as an
alternative. There's the red next to the pink but he needed the cue ball
to be higher. Nicely played. His potted some good
balls this evening. And the fact that he has three red
in the ball end, it wasn't imperative that he got the right
side of the blue. Always got to be a little bit careful with these type
of blues though, digging down. Don't want to decelerate when you push the
cue through. It's OK. As I say, because that red just
below the pink goes, with a nice angle on the blue, well, he will
have another red just out of the cluster of four so doesn't have to
play any cannons. And this is just what he needed. And he's done it in
the last frame and looks like doing it in this one. One chance and he
will win the frame. And the pot success 95%, that's already very
high. 92% is not bad. So just this red needed to go 66 points ahead
with 59 remaining. In it goes, frame over. Good responses from Ali
Carter. A couple of careless shots, and that
loose shot for nothing in this frame. That's the standard we have
got this week. Some of the best players in the world. You cannot
relax or take anything for granted. It's been a good performance from
Ali Carter the last two frames. Showed good character.
The last red is going to be difficult if he's going to want to
make the century. Cannot move it from this short so he will have to
play it along the baulk cushion. He needs that Kewell 's travel. -- that
cue ball to travel. Yes, he could have done with it a little bit
straighter. The thing is, he has a good angle for position but
unfortunately the rest didn't go in but I don't suppose this time he
will be too bothered. This reduces arrears now to just one. Neil
Robertson is now only one ahead, 4-3.
Thank you, frame eight, Ali Carter to break. Ali Carter was practically
down the break before Neil Robertson had picked his cue off the table, so
got a rush of blood to get this match going. But that's a poor break
off. Yes, let's see how Neil Robertson... You normally expect him
to knock this type of red in, and he does. As you say, it was poor break
off shot and he needs the cue ball to stop short of the baulk line, and
it does so he's on the brown. He will be sitting in his chair
kicking himself. As you say, he had a bit of a rush to the table and he
should have given it a bit more care and attention. As we said in the
last frame, you cannot drop your guard for a second, not with the
standard being so high. I think the plan for meal was to get onto the
red in such a way that he could potted it and then cannon onto the
black. Has he got the angle to do that? He did just about make it.
Good shot, black now in the open. I would suggest an angle on the
black to go into the bunch. With the red closest to the pocket, that's
good insurance to be on. He would prefer to be going into the
reds playing the black into the same pocket as this red. That's what he's
doing. He may have just gone to straight on the black.
As Stephen said, I think you would like to have played the black into
the opposite corner, the right corner, but I think he was feeling
he may be hampered by the red but he's just overdone it. I'm not
certain about the availability of the red just below the cluster.
Obviously it's easy enough to play for this one. He's trying to run
into them, and he's missed it. He's just about OK. Very aggressive shot,
just got some right-hand side on the cue ball. It was a good attempt. On
a bad day you're going off. Not easy to generate the pace on the
cue ball to go into the bunch because the red that's between the
bunch and black is -- makes it difficult to open them up.
They are going to be dislodging some rents, potting this. It's
interesting to see how aggressive he is with this, whether he plays it
back for power on the blue. Yes, back for the blue, he will open the
bunch here. That was a good shot. Turned into a good opportunity now
to win this frame. All from that poor break off.
Here we see, he was so quick to get to the table. That's just poor
concentration. I think the adrenaline was pumping after winning
two frames in one visit. Yes, keen to get on with it. That's what we
are saying, you cannot drop your guard for a second because these
players are more than capable of delivering a knockout blow. Break at
50, just another 19 points to get to the snooker is required stage. He
has just moved another red into play. I wouldn't bet against him
winning the frame at this visit now. 75 remaining. This red, 67 had with
67 remaining so just the red and the colour required. Looks a formality.
He has come on a little bit to straight, needs a good red to get
the cue ball out for the black. In the end decided not to bother. He
knew that if he rolled the red in there's no way Ali would come back
to the table, which I'm sure would be the case but it just means we
won't get to see a century. And that's it, Ali Carter broke off.
It was a loose one and that was the only shot he had and now Neil
Robertson is only one frame away from a place in the quarterfinal. He
leading 5-3. Ronnie O'Sullivan awaits the winner
of this match in the quarterfinal on Thursday evening and it's looking
odds-on to be Neil Robertson unless Ali Carter can change the momentum
once again and quickly in frame nine. Neil at the table here.
COMMENTATOR: Neil Robertson with the first chance in the frame he needs
for the quarterfinal. Yes, played the more difficult
safety shot. He could have just played a shot to leave the cue ball
on the cushion. If you go by the form of the
previous frame, he has a good chance to win the match, Neil Robertson.
Yes, three reds, three blacks but I don't think the maximum will be
entering his head just yet. This is a chance, as you say, Stephen, to
win the match. It's usually when you get to about 64/72 that you start
concentrating on the maximum but there's a few balls to be potted
before we get there. I don't think he's come out perfect on this black.
Now he won't be playing for the lack, he will be playing for the
blue baulk. It wasn't a helpful kiss on the blue
in actual fact. He had rather it had run past the blue and being on
yellow or brown. He's just got to do a little bit with the cue ball now,
taking it out of baulk. And there's only one loose red to play
four-point Maybe he's thinking just stun it in and leave himself the
mid-distance red. He's doing a lot of pointing, I'm
not certain what he's looking at here. You either try to get it in
and out of baulk or you don't. The way he pots, I think that would be
my choice, just to stun it in and leave the cue ball in the middle of
the table. Yes, if the red was on the left-hand side, he would go in
and out of baulk, but where that red is, that's the right shot. It's just
a funny little angle he has on this red. He will have to stun off the
cushion behind the black. Because he was going to be quite close to the
black, this was going to be a problem getting the angle. Yes, and
it didn't help that the red didn't go in the middle of the pocket so he
cannot do much with this so we obviously thinks there is a red
available to the far left corner to keep this break going. It's a second
one in. But who knows if he cannot knock the Swan Inn, this could be
frame and matchwinner. Sweet as a nut, and a nice angle on
the black to stun into the reds. Still needs to open a few more red
if he's going to get over the finishing line here. Well, he feels
as though this bottom one will go to the middle. In potting this, he will
release the red to the left of it for the right corner. Obviously you
see it a lot better when you are down at the table, but just looking
at this black, he will still need a red, colour, and one more red. When
he's in the balls, his playing at a very fast pace. Virtually taking one
or two waggles with the cue and then he's on it, it's a sign of
confidence I think. We commented earlier, 20 seconds per shot is the
average time. You look at Ronnie O'Sullivan, he would be at 17, but
that is quick. And as you say, a sign of confidence. That puts him 70
points in the lead but they're still 75 remaining. He needs one more red.
Is he on it? It looks tight, he's going to have to play with side.
Only the red required to go 71 points in front with just 67
remaining. He's having a play on the left-hand side to turn the red over.
But he's there, it is there, and there's no way back now you feel for
Ali Carter. It's incredible, it has all come from that poor break off.
Yes, Ali I'm sure then thought he had the momentum on his side, but it
is just one loose shot and how quickly it can turn. How quickly it
can turn. They wrote a book and they are entitled it, "It's a cruel
game". It certainly can be. And a possibility now that we will see our
first century break of the match. Just asking what the highest break
is, it is 132, made by Stuart Bingham last night. There's a
possible 145 on. He's going to play for the black.
On for the 145 if he gets blacks off the remaining reds, and that could
take some beating. It has been a pretty impressive display tonight
from Neil Robertson. We wait for the century here.
Now it's a possible 144, still a good target for the high break
prize. He's struck at himself! Would you believe it? -- he has snooker
snookered himself. Give it a whack! What a shame, but what a great match
and what a great performance. Ali Carter said well played. Neil
Robertson is absolutely delighted, but his fist in the air to the
crowd. He led 4-1, Ali Carter pulled him back but he responded like a
true champion and books date in the quarterfinal against the Rockets,
Ronnie O'Sullivan. That is a match up to look forward to. Thursday
afternoon is the date but for the time being Neil Robertson beats Ali
Carter 6-3 in fine style. At 4-3 he hasn't done the best of
break office and left me a long red, but it was still a fantastic pot and
to go on to win the frame with 70 odd, then yes, it's the sort of
performance I was hoping for. With the amount of hard work I've put in
since the UK Championship, so very pleased with myself. I just said to
myself before the match, win or lose, winning is great but you have
put the work in so whatever happens you can be proud with how you went.
And so here is the shape of the quarterfinal draw.
pleased with myself. I just said to myself before the match, win
And so here is the shape of the quarterfinal draw. The master 's
runner-up Marco Fu plays on Thursday night.
Snooker Extra will be reliving that fantastic match this afternoon
between Marco Fu and Judd Trump, well worth staying up for, but one
o'clock this afternoon is when we will be seeing the world number one
Mark Selby as he sets out in his quest for a fourth Masters title
against the laid-back Welshman Mark Williams, the last man to hold all
three triple crown titles simultaneously, something Selby
could also achieve here this week. If the last three afternoons are
anything to go by, is sure to be a final frame decider. We will catch
you at one o'clock in the afternoon. Good night!
Before I met you, I was a civilised woman. Civilised.
Now I don't even know what that means.
CAR TYRES SCREECH, SHE GASPS
Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Tuesday's match featuring 2012 Masters champion Neil Robertson against Ali Carter, who makes his Alexandra Palace return after failing to qualify for the event in 2016.