Snooker: World No 2 Neil Robertson crashes out of World Championship
Thursday 25 April 2013
Robert Milkins produced a stunning upset by knocking Australia's Neil Robertson out of the World Championship at the Crucible. In a first round that has seen a host of shocks, the win of the 37-year-old from Gloucester against the world No 2 was among the biggest.
He resumed 5-4 behind in Sheffield after taking the final two frames on Wednesday and, with Robertson a long way short of his best, Milkins clinched a 10-8 victory.
From the outset it was clear Robertson was struggling and world No 19 Milkins took a 46-minute opener to level at 5-5 before going ahead for the first time in the match.
Robertson showed some form with an 86 break to draw level, but fluency was in short supply for the man from Melbourne. Milkins left Robertson needing four snookers at the end of the 17th frame, at 8-8, and he got three of them. But Milkins clipped in a difficult long brown and added blue and pink to go one frame away from victory.
Making his first appearance at the Crucible since 2005, Milkins showed few nerves, but when he missed a blue on 51 they might have been jangling a touch. However, Robertson could not capitalise on his chance to force a decider and Milkins moved to the biggest win of his career.
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