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Neil Robertson reckons he must silence Ronnie O’Sullivan’s rowdy help early on Thursday afternoon of their Masters quarter-final.

The 34-year-old initially from Australia however now primarily based in Cambridge admits that clashes between the pair at all times have the texture of an Ashes-style rivalry.

Individuals’s Champion O’Sullivan, going for a report seventh title at Alexandra Palace, is assured of raucous and partisan backing in his personal London again yard.

However Robertson thrashed the Rocket 6-1 in the identical event two years in the past, and can draw on these recollections regardless of two large losses to O’Sullivan final 12 months.

And he’s sure that exerting an early stranglehold and stamping his authority on the match will quieten O’Sullivan’s followers and provides him one of the best likelihood of success.

Robertson, who received the Masters 5 years in the past, stated: “It at all times appears like Australia in opposition to England within the cricket after I play Ronnie.

“You actually can really feel like you might be up in opposition to the group taking part in him, particularly right here on the Masters on his house patch.

“And in case you are not prepared for it, then it may possibly get to gamers that form of help and affect them.

“It’s like in soccer in the event you go to Stamford Bridge or Outdated Trafford, you want to maintain the group quiet early so that they don’t have something to get enthusiastic about.

“If you happen to can put stress on him immediately then he can miss a couple of and so they get pissed off.

“He’s the one participant the place the group can affect you, and that’s the reason it’s at all times a incredible environment whenever you play him. I can’t wait.

“Regardless of the current defeats, three or 4 of the titles I’ve received I beat Ronnie alongside the best way and I’m seeking to win as many large titles as potential now.

“We performed twice final 12 months, final season within the Welsh Open closing which I let slip a bit actually, after which this season on the European Masters in Romania when he performed fantastically properly.

“He was nearly unpayable that day, however I really feel as if I had gone into that match within the kind I’m in now, it could have been a distinct story.

“I used to be off my sport and he took benefit, he can do this to anybody. And within the Welsh Open I used to be 5-2 up, may have been 6-2, and he received on a roll when he has laborious to cease.

“I misplaced the plot going out to China and that frustration boiled over within the subsequent few occasions. I wasn’t actually in a position to put issues proper as there weren’t the gaps within the schedule.

“And we had a run of 4 weeks the place in the event you had been struggling you missed out on some title and cash, sadly that occurred to me.

“However I practised actually laborious over Christmas, and likewise over in Norway on Kurt Maflin’s desk there the place I used to be spending time with my household.”


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