Neil Robertson survives Mark Allen comeback to secure Tour Championship semi-final spot

Defending champion Neil Robertson secured his place in the final four of the Cazoo Tour Championship after overcoming a late comeback from Mark Allen.

The Australian sealed the 10-6 victory in Llandudno as he looks to make a major statement ahead of the upcoming world championships. 

Robertson looked in the form of his life as he hit three centuries on his way to taking a 7-0 lead.

However, just as the Australian looked nailed on for the semi-final, Allen dug deep and began to mount a spectacular comeback.

After scrapping out his first four frames, the 36-year-old then won two of the next three to make it 8-6.

Mark Allen during his match against Judd Trump during day four of the 2022 Cazoo Masters

Allen's comeback was reminiscent of the previous night's encounter which saw John Higgins bounce back from 8-4 down to beat UK champion Zhao Xintong.

However, on this occasion, the comeback didn't fully transpire as Robertson held his nerve and rose to the challenge in spectacular fashion. Back-to-back scores of 121 and 130 - the latter being the highest break of the tournament - sealed a memorable 10-6 victory for the former world number one.

Speaking to World Snooker after his thrilling win, Robertson said: "I'm very proud because Mark asked many questions of me tonight. I had many answers, but he had answers to those! His safety was incredible and shut me out.

Neil Robertson chalks his cue during day one of the 2022 Cazoo Masters at Alexandra Palace

"The key is to be patient and to not lose your cool. I didn't make any disastrous mistakes, I missed a couple of tricky balls and that was it. I am experienced enough to know things can turn around, but the most important thing is to be ready when that mistake comes.

"This evening provides more information than if I coasted through 10-1 tonight. The fact I came up with the goods when it really mattered sends a lot of positive signals to me, knowing I can withstand anything. I can put my foot down and run away and I can respond really strongly when someone comes back as well."

Next up for the 40-year-old is another possible blockbuster against either Mark Williams or Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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