Neil Robertson (@1.53) vs Ding Junhui (@2.5)

Our Prediction:

Neil Robertson will win

Neil Robertson – Ding Junhui Match Prediction | 11-09-2019 07:30

Robertson also missed a black on a break of 94 that would have seen him reach the 100 milestone during his win over Mark Allen.[68] However, in the 22nd frame of his quarter-final clash against Judd Trump, Robertson made his 100th century break of the season, which also levelled the scores at 1111. In January 2014, during the Championship League, Robertson reached 63 century breaks in a single professional season, breaking the previous record of 61 centuries held by Judd Trump.[63] By early February, Robertson had reached 78 centuries, a feat that Ronnie O'Sullivan called "probably the most phenomenal scoring in the history of the game."[64] In February, he made his 88th century of the season while playing Mark Williams in the last 32 of the Welsh Open, but went on to lose 43.[65]At the World Open, he extended his season total to 92 centuries, but lost 43 on a re-spotted black against Marco Fu in the last 32.[66] At the China Open he won a trio of deciding frames before beating Graeme Dott and Ali Carter to reach the final, where he lost 105 to Ding Junhui.[58][67]He added one more century break during the event and extended the total to 99 in his first two World Championship matches.

He beat Mark Allen and Mark Williams in the opening two rounds, before facing Trump in the semi-finals for the second successive major tournament.[33] He exacted revenge for his defeat in York a month earlier by winning 63 and said after the match that he had been spurred on by fans cheering when Trump fluked shots.[34] Such was Robertson's feeling that he lacked support from the local crowd, he offered to buy a pint of beer for anyone attending his matches in an Australian hat or shirt,[35] but only one person heeded this call in his semi final match against Mark Williams. In his first Masters final he opened up a 53 lead over Murphy in the first session and, although he lost the first frame upon the resumption of play, won four frames in a row to stand on the edge of the title. Robertson won the 2012 Masters by defeating Shaun Murphy 106 in the final.

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He lost to Mark Williams 610 despite leading 54 at the end of first session.[28] At the World Championship, Ding defeated Stuart Pettman 101 but lost 1013 against Shaun Murphy in the second round. After losing against Mark Selby 16 at the Masters and Jamie Cope 35 at the Welsh Open, Ding returned to form, scoring nine century breaks on his way to the final of the China Open.

During his career, Dingwho is known as a prolific break-builderhas compiled more than 500 century breaks, including six maximum breaks, in professional play. He remains the only Asian player to be ranked world number one, which he first achieved in 2014 to become the 11th player to reach the top spot.

It was also the first final in the event not to feature a player from the United Kingdom and Robertson would capture the title for the second time in three years with a 105 win.[91] Robertson and Judd Trump set a record of six centuries in a best-of-11 frame match (four from Trump and two from Robertson) in the second round of the Masters with Trump progressing 65. Robertson exited in round one of the first two ranking events in the 2015/2016 season and 64 to Mark Selby in the quarter-finals of the International Championship.[87] He then claimed his first major title in over 12 months by beating Mark Allen 105 in the final of the Champion of Champions.[88]Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed the final black for a 147 in their third round UK Championship match, before Robertson made a 145 break in the next frame and went on to win 62.[89] He saw off Stephen Maguire 61 and John Higgins 65 and then thrashed Mark Selby 60.[90] Robertson became the first player to make a 147 break in a Triple Crown final in the sixth frame of his match with Liang Wenbo.


Some people might be surprised to learn that Li Hang, despite first turning professional in 2008, has never actually played in the World Championship at the Crucible. The latter, of course, has become somewhat of a master at the longer format and has reached the semi-finals or better in five out of the last six editions. Li has risen into the top 32 in the world rankings this season and is undoubtedly a dangerous player. The 28 year-old is one of six Chinese in the draw, four of whom are set to make their debuts on the famous stage. The Hawk hasnt enjoyed an especially good campaign but might fancy his chances in an open looking top quarter of the draw to repeat his now trademark run to the last four. But its never easy at the Crucible, never mind when its a first appearance, and facing someone like Barry Hawkins doesnt make the task any simpler.

From ten prior encounters with one another, Perry possesses the advantage with six wins to his name. Perry, who beat defending champion Mark Selby in the first round as a qualifier in 2018, is now match sharp and relatively fresh after losing only five frames in the preliminaries at the English Institute of Sport. It has taken David Gilbert 17 years as a professional to break into the top 16 but he picked a good time of the year to achieve it, guaranteeing an automatic World Championship spot for the first time. But Perry is more familiar with the Crucible surroundings and, even as the qualifier, is arguably the marginal favourite for this one. Gilbert has been the better player overall this season, highlighted by his runs to the finals of both the World Open and German Masters. Joe Perry, with his immense experience, was in many peoples eyes the most difficult qualifier to get. The Englishman probably would have been hoping that achievement resulted in an easier opening path but it hasnt really transpired in that fashion.

Following that, Ding played in the first Indian Open, defeating Aditya Mehta 50 in the final to become the first player to win back-to-back major-ranking event titles in the same season since Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2003.[66] Ding continued dominating the game in the following major ranking event, the International Championship, where he beat Graeme Dott 97 in the semi-finals with a 63-point clearance in the last frame.[67] In the finalthe second all-Chinese ranking event final in three ranking eventsDing and Marco Fu compiled seven century breaks; Ding five and Fu two.

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However, at the World Open Robertson was drawn in the last 64 against Graeme Dott in a repeat of their world final, Robertson won 31 and went on to beat David Morris, Andrew Higginson, Ricky Walden and Mark Williams before producing an assured display to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 51 in the final, to confirm his position as the eighth world number 1 in snooker.[18] Robertson was invited to the Premier League Snooker, where he reached the semi-final. Robertson started the new season by losing in the first round of the 2010 Shanghai Masters to Peter Ebdon.