Neil Robertson twice narrowly missed out on claiming his 100th century break of the season on his way to booking his place in the quarter-finals of the World Championships.
The world No 1 defeated Mark Allen 13-7 at the Crucible but his landmark 100th century will have to wait for another day after the Australian fell just short in the final two frames of the victory – missing pots when on 94 and 92.
The match resumed with Robertson leading Northern Ireland’s Allen 9-7, but the Australian wasted no time in racing to victory, with breaks of 59, 69, 94 and 92 wrapping up the win.
“Throughout the whole match Mark kept sticking with me and I thought he played really well,” Robertson said. “He’s always going to score really heavily but his safety was really good and I didn’t have many opportunities at long balls.”