Ali Carter produced an impressive display against McManus, starting the match with a 127 points century, however the first half ended 2-2. After the break The Captain made breaks of 51, 63, 53 and 63 points for a 6-3 lead at the end of first session. With top breaks of 52, 53, 69 and 76 built in the second session Ali marked a triumphant return to the Crucible with a 10-5 win, then insisted he has only one objective at the World Championship: to lift the trophy.
“I didn’t feel as if I played great, but I competed in all departments and won quite convincingly in the end,” said Carter at the end, “I have some good memories here – the only thing I have left to do is win it, and that’s what I’m here to do.”
Neil Robertson insists he has worked harder for this year’s World Championship than for any other tournament in his career – and it showed as he thrashed Jamie Jones 10-2 in the first round. World number four Robertson produced the most emphatic victory of this year’s event so far, rattling in three centuries and three more breaks over 50 as he cruised through to a last 16 meeting with Ali Carter. The Australian led 7-2 overnight and took less than an hour to finish off the match today, making a 133 in the opening frame this afternoon.
“I have put the hours in for this event, more than any other in my career. I have even done more practice than Joe Perry, he has been leaving the club before me.”
“Before I came here I potted around 300 balls in practice without missing. That’s what Stephen Hendry used to do over spells of six or seven frames.”
H2H: Robertson 13-8
Prediction: Robertson to advance.
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