Neil Robertson will be lining up to win his home event for the first time in his career as he prepares to play Marco Fu in the final of the Australian Goldfields Open final tomorrow.
He may have already won the World Championship back in 2010 and The Masters last year, but to win the Australian event would be the icing on the cake.
Should he lift the trophy, it’ll mean he will secure back-to-back ranking event wins after winning the previous big event, the Wuxi Classic, back in June.
If that happens, Robertson will be the first player for ten years to achieve such a feat with Ronnie O’Sullivan last doing it in 2003 when he won the European Open and Irish Masters.
Robertson’s Excellent Form
The Australian has been in astounding form over the past few months, a run which stretches back to his run to the final of the PTC Grand Finals in March. He led Ding Junhui 3-0 in the final in Galway, Ireland but a faultless comeback from Ding saw him secure the tournament in terrific fashion.
However, he bounced back at the following ranking event, the China Open as he beat Mark Selby 10-6 in the final in Beijing back in March.
Despite a disastrous World Championship campaign where he was knocked out in the first round at the Crucible against Robert Milkins, he started this season excellently, reaching the final of the first European Tour Event in Bulgaria but lost to John Higgins.
However, he got revenge on the Scot a few weeks back as he came back from 5-2 down to win the Wuxi Classic 10-7.
He’s played superbly this week as well, beating Marcus Campbell, Jamie Cope and Joe Perry despite admitting he nearly pulled out of the tournament after suffering from flu in the week leading up to it.
Then in Saturday’s final against Mark Selby, he finished strongly winning three frames in a row, including the tournament high break of 138, to win 6-3.
Robertson is playing arguably the best snooker of his life and it would take a brave man to bet against him ahead of the final.
Marco Fu is well known on the snooker circuit to be an inconsistent player: when he’s good he’s really good but when he’s struggling he can be dire.
Anyone who saw him play in the recent Wuxi Classic will understand this. He stumbled over the line in his first round match against Nigel Bond before losing his last 32 match to Mark King.
This week has obviously been a successful one for him and performed a notable scoop in beating world number four Shaun Murphy in the second round. He then defeated Wales’ Dominic Dale before defeating an in-form Robert Milkins in the semi-finals, prevailing 6-4.
He’s currently at number 17 in the rankings, although provisionally up to 14 and has one major ranking event to his name so far, the 2007 World Open.
Perhaps if he were a little more consistent, he could’ve won more but he’ll be aiming to add to that list on Sunday morning.
The odds are skewed largely in favour of Selby winning the final with Ladbrokes providing the best odds at 2/7.
Fu, who is making his first appearance in a final since February at the German Masters, is currently being offered at 3/1 with Bet 365.
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The first session of the match starts at 5am with the concluding session starting at 10am. You can watch the action live on the betting websites streaming service and highlights will be on Eurosport at 8.30pm.