Australian Neil Robertson made history in Austria over the weekend – becoming the second player to whitewash an opponent in a ranking final to win the first ranking event of the 2020s.
The last time it was done was in the 1989 Grand Prix where Steve Davis hammered Dean Reynolds 10 – 0.
This time, the 37-year-old Aussie demolished Chinese talent Zhou Yuelong 9 – 0 in the Betvictor European Masters with a string of big breaks.
It was the first time Zhou, 22, was in a final, but Zhou couldn’t match what his younger counterpart Yan Bingtao did in Riga earlier this season by winning his first ranking event.
Robertson claimed the 80K first prize and his 17th ranking title along with the Champion of Champions title he had won late last year this season.
There was also a good run again for England’s Ali Carter, who, only a week earlier, had reached the final of the Dafabet Masters, but fell short in Dornbirn as he was beaten by Robertson in the semi-finals.
“You never expect a final to be played like that,” Robertson told Eurosport. “I played fantastically well, up there with my best-ever performance in a final, and I’m sure it won’t be long before Zhou is in another ranking final.”
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Gary Wilson couldn’t manage to get into the final, but caused a bit of a wave, with his Dinosaur green hair!
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