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Neil Robertson: The Dominator…

Neil Robertson yet again has bagged another trophy for the ever-growing cabinet – this time his 18th ranking title at the 2020 Coral World Grand Prix – making it three final appearances in three weeks. 

Ranking title no 18 for the Thunder from Down Under

He defeated the 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott in an explosive and thrilling final which saw the 37-year-old Australian make five tons including a 142 and a 127.

However, the Thunder from Down Under did not have it all his own way, for at 9 – 5 up, his form began to dip and Dott, 42, took advantage, and, clawed his way back to 9 – 8. In the final two frames, Dott needed two snookers and got them, before potting a brilliant steely final black to go 9 – 7. Unfortunately, in the last, Dotty couldn’t repeat the tenacity of the previous and get the frame to force a decider.

Graeme Dott
Dott played out of his skin all the way through the tournament…

Dott joked after: “Neil wins a tournament every week, I’ll probably win one every 14 years.”

The Scot has not won a ranking event since 2007, but in recent times has made the finals of the Shootout and the German Masters as well as the Grand Prix.

Robertson’s titles include so far this season:

  • 2019 Champion of Champions
  • 2020 European Masters
  • 2020 World Grand Prix

Robertson paid tribute to Dott in the final after and said Dott’s safety was awesome and said it wouldn’t be long before Dotty was lifting silverware again.

In three weeks, Robbo has bagged over 200K in prize money – with bonuses also in the offing for the BetVictor European series, and, potentially, the Coral Cup.

Neil Robertson is second to Judd Trump in the rankings and the domination of this season, with Trump winning four ranking titles and Robbo two so far.

Robertson will be defending his Welsh Open crown this week in Cardiff.

There were also good runs in Cheltenham for Leicester’s Tom Ford, whom Dott defeated in the semi-final and on the way, Dotty also despatched of the five-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Robertson had a tough semi-final match with Kyren Wilson.

Dott and Robertson played in the 2010 World Championship final.

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The Ace Judd Trump is top of the deck – again…

Judd Trump has bagged his 15th ranking title in Germany and his seventh over 12 months and his fourth this season in 2019/2020.

Judd Trump
Es ist eine harte Schule: It’s a tough school.

The Ace, 30, defeated Neil Robertson 9 – 6 in the BetVictor German Masters in a thrilling final as it saw Judd get some revenge for being narrowly beaten in the Champion of Champions final last year.

Robertson, 37, who was on to win back to back ranking titles after winning the European Masters just over a week ago, couldn’t overcome Trump’s safety in key frames as Judd won most of the tactical battles.

At four each it was looking perfectly poised to go all the way, but Judd went up a gear. He managed to finish out the match in style with a ton in the last frame he needed to bag his first German Master’s title.

He had been runner-up in 2014 to Ding Junhui.

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Trump’s Triumphs in 2019/2020

So far, this season, Judd has bagged:

  • The International Championship
  • The World Open
  • Northern Ireland Open
  • German Masters

Only Stephen Hendry has performed better in a season after winning the World title at 21 in 1990 where he won five titles.

His five ranking titles included:

  • Grand Prix
  • Asian Open
  • Dubai Classic
  • UK Championship
  • British Open

In fact, the six-time World Champion Hendry could have won six that season after winning the first World title as he was runner-up in The Classic, losing to Jimmy White in the final.

Although, there are more ranking events now, and there’s a greater depth of talent winning just one ranking event now is tough.

But Trump definitely has the game to win at least one more ranking title this season, which could, you never know, be his second World title!

NeilRobertson
Back to back finals was a great achievement for Robertson…

Robertson paid tribute to Judd after and said: “sometimes, you have to hold your hand up and say well played.”

Will they or won’t they play in Shootout?

Trump said he thought his safety was top-notch, and he said you have to make sure your game is tight as you know that Neil can clear up when in.

The £150,000 for coming top in the BetVictor series is still on for both Judd and Neil if they decide to play in the Shootout.

Judd said he wasn’t sure if he’d play in it although he joked he probably would just to take the money off Neil. Had Neil won he would have been guaranteed the bonus.

Trump bagged 80K for this event, and so far has trousered 621K since the start of the 2019/2020 season.

There is no rest for the wicked as the Coral series of events gets underway this week in Cheltenham with the World Grand Prix and, yes, that man of the moment Judd Trump is defending the title!

You wouldn’t bet against the Ace to go all the way again at the races.