Australian world No.
1 Neil Robertson secured a remarkable slice of snooker history, completing a “ton of tons” as he reached the world championships semi-finals.
Robertson rallied strongly to beat Judd Trump 13-11 in Wednesday’s quarter-final at The Crucible in Sheffield, in the process becoming the first man in the history of the sport to amass 100 century breaks in a single season.
In a feat some snooker commentators believe may never be repeated, the Australian demolished the previous record of 61, set by Trump last season. China’s Ding Junhui has also surpassed Trump’s mark this season, with 62 centuries.
A century break refers to a player scoring 100 points or more within one visit to the table, without missing a shot.
Robertson looked certain to notch his 100th century in his previous round win over Mark Allen but failed to pot a straight-forward black ball in what he put down to a case of the nervous nineties.
After a scrappy start to his semi-final on Tuesday Robertson made amends in the third and final session on Wednesday night, racking up the historic 100 as he levelled the match at 11-11.
“I felt like Brian Lara on 390 odd trying to push a single!,” cricket lover Robertson tweeted after the match.
“What an amazing match and a wonderful milestone to achieve during such and important time in the match. Thank you so much everyone!”
After reaching the milestone, Robertson wildly pumped his fists and raised his arms to the crowd.
The mid-match celebration may have raised a few eyebrows among the sport’s traditionalists but Robertson defended it saying he’d only done so because he’d earlier been introduced to the crowd as being “99 not out”.
Robertson gallantly fought back from 6-2 and 9-6 down to set up a semi-final against Mark Selby, who beat Alan McManus 13-5, and close in on a second world title following his triumph in 2010.
Reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan breezed into the semis with a session to spare on Wednesday after completing a 13-3 win over Shaun Murphy.
O’Sullivan will now face 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins who beat Welshman Dominic Dale 13-12.