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Neil Robertson row as Judd Trump swiped record 'doesn't mean anything to me' after loss

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The 39-year-old returns to action tonight as he takes on Englishman Jack Lisowski for a place in this year’s World Snooker Championship quarter-finals. The world number three is in decent form ahead of his second round match, having easily seen off Chinese qualifier Liang Wenbo by 10 frames to three earlier this week. Should Robertson, nicknamed The Thunder from Down Under, make it through to the semi-final of the world championship, he could set up a mouth-watering tie against rival Trump – the world number one.

The pair have clashed throughout their careers, and engaged in some epic encounters.

Their head-to-head record is narrowly poised, with Robertson claiming 16 victories against his opponent, while Trump has beaten the Australian 19 times.

The tie could evoke memories of the 2020 edition of the UK Championship, and their incredible final that Robertson just prevailed in during a last frame decider.

And Trump once unleashed a blunt swipe at Robertson, after the latter achieved a stunning feat of scoring 100 century breaks in a single season.

Bristol-born Trump, 31, argued that the record was not comparable to completing the most difficult score in snooker – a 147 maximum break.

Robertson’s accomplishment came during a 13-11 world championship quarter-final victory over Trump seven years ago.

Trump told BBC Radio 5 Live: “If it was a maximum, I’d have gone over and shook his hand.

“Although it’s a brilliant achievement, 100 centuries doesn’t mean anything to me.

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Noting how he had “kind of written it off”, Robertson added: “Say if I’d got beat, I was thinking, ‘It’s alright, Don Bradman got 99 not out, Shane Warne got 99 as well.’ But I’d probably have been crying as soon as I got home.

“It was great that it came at one of the most crucial times of the match, to equalise at 11-11. When I potted the green I was just so happy.

“I would rather make the century of centuries than make a 147 here, it was that important to me to achieve that milestone.

“No one will ever make 200 centuries in a season, that will be impossible, so for me to be the first player to reach 100 centuries in a season is a great honour. I’m sure that a lot of guys will be trying to get there as well, but I’m the first.”

This year, Trump cruised into the second round after fending off the challenge posed by Liam Highfield, and will now take on in-form David Gilbert.

You can watch the World Snooker Championship on the BBC, as well as Eurosport.



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