This is the match from table 2 of the first session of this year’s World Snooker Championship. After he enjoyed arguably the best season of his career in 2013/2014, Marco Fu disappointed with his game displayed this year, his performance being far away from his potential as he lost, by a big margin, 3 out of 4 quarter-finals reached this season. His best performance at the Crucible came in 2006, as the man from Happy Valley knocked out Alan McManus, Stephen Maguire and Ken Doherty to play in the semi-finals of World Championship. He then came from 15-9 down to 16-16 against Peter Ebdon, before losing the deciding frame 13-89(54).With this result he equalized the best result of an Asian snooker player in the World Championship, previously achieved by Ding Junhui and James Wattana. Curiously, in the next year he lost 3-10 the first round match against Anthony Hamilton. The Hong Kong ace managed to build a 147 in this year Dafabet Master’s first round, the third maximum of his career.
Jimmy Robertson had his Crucible debut in 2011 defeating Ken Doherty in the final qualifying round, but in the first televised match he was trashed by one of the quarter-finalists of that year, Mark Selby, losing 10 consecutive frames after winning the first one. Since 2011 he lost in the qualifiers, first round in 2012 vs Gilbert, third round in 2013 against Wenbo and again vs Gilbert in 2014 in last Q round. Yesterday Jimmy made 10 breaks over 50 points in the final qualifying round won in deciding frame (66-48) against Guodong. I’m probably right when I state that the young English snooker player has not won a single match against a top 16 player this season and I can see him scoring solid over the next two days to put Fu in trouble.
H2H: Fu 2-0 http://www.cuetracker.net/Head-to-Head/Marco-Fu/Jimmy-Robertson
Prediction: Marco Fu to advance.
Betting perspectives: Fu leader after first 4 firstname.lastname@example.org at Bet365
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