The New World Champion
Neil Robertson beat Graeme
Dott by 18 frames to 13
at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to take the World title 'Down
Under' for the first time in the tournamentís 83 year history.
became the first overseas winner of the World Championship for
thirty years and it took him a grueling 12 hours and 12 seconds to
clinch the title, over the battling Scot Graeme
Dott. Resuming at 9-7 ahead, Robertson shared the first six frames
with Dott and time was called to allow the players some rest before
the final evening session.
Dott opened the
day with 79 to close to within a frame, but he could never get
level, and Robertson fired in a best run of 82 to go three ahead.
Dott dug deep to produce his best break of the match, 112, to trail
12-10 ahead of the evening session. Both players were afforded a
tumultuous welcome to the final session.
The pattern of
the evening was soon sort to become grueling match play, with Dott
closing to within a frame and Robertson re-opening his two frame
lead. Robertson then clinched the pivotal frame, an energy-draining
44 minute frame, on the pink, to go 15-12 ahead at the final
interval. Dott battled to keep in touch. He won frame twenty-eight
on the pink, to trail 15-13. But that proved to be his last success
as Robertson, pushed on for the winning line. Eventually he sank the
winning 53 break at 00.54am, equaling the latest Crucible final
finish, set in 2006 by Dott and Ebdon.
who had flown in from Australia, embraced her son in the arena, as
Australian flags and koalas and kangaroos and other Australian
ephemera appeared all round the arena.
received the trophy from BETFRED.com boss Fred Done, and WSA
Chairman Barry Hearn, ticker tape floated down from the Crucible
roof. The crowd cheered long and hard and Robertson did a 'mini' lap
of honour, parading the trophy around the arena, proudly draped in
the Australian flag. The small number of Aussies in the audience
managed to make the most noise and cries of 'Aussie, Aussie,
Aussie' resounded around the famous arena.
success moved him up to Number Two on the World Rankings, while Dott
has regained his top 16 place to finish at Number Thirteen.
Robertson said after the final: "It feels
incredible. I seriously can't believe it. In my last 16 match I was
11-5 down to Martin
Gould, so to have won is amazing. My mum being here is just
brilliant, it's a wonderful feeling to have won. It would have been
awful to have lost in the final. Hopefully this will start something
special in Australia now. Australians love world champions."
gracious, as well as exhausted, in defeat praising the new Champion,
saying: "Neil thoroughly deserved to beat me,
how I managed to get 13 frames is beyond me. I'm just disappointed I
didn't perform in the final, but fair play to Neil, because he
played really well."
the weekend's off-table events had affected him and how he heard the
news Dott explained that he'd learned "the
same way as you guys", implying he'd read it in the papers.
He asserted that it hadn't affected his performance in any way nor
overshadowed the final.