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Neil Robertson is the 2020 European Masters Champion

28 January 2020 No Comment

Neil Robertson won the 2020 European Masters, his 17th ranking title. The tournament was run in Dornbirn, Austria, from 22 to 26 January 2020. It was the first time a ranking event was held in Austria. This title brings Neil on par with Mark Selby regarding ranking titles, joint sixth of all time. It also puts him in prime position for the £150000 bonus for the player who will earn the most money during the Euro Series (European Masters, German Masters, Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open).

Neil whitewashed his young opponent Zhou Yuelong in the final. It was only the second time in snooker history that a multi-session final produced a whitewash.

After the match, Neil was thrilled and declared:

It was a strange feeling tonight because if I had lost one or two frames I would have been disappointed not to join Steve Davis, 31 years after it had previously been done,” said Robertson. “That gave me an extra focus tonight, to really try and win that frame. On the colours I was just praying for one chance, and I knocked in a good green.
“The first two frames this afternoon could have gone either way, after that I played well, I was very aggressive. My long potting was ridiculous and I scored very heavily. From 2-0 to 8-0 he didn’t do much wrong.
“To win 9-0 is amazing. It’s just one of those rare things. I didn’t let him settle, I kept my foot down all the way. I was determined to win every frame. I feel a bit sorry for the crowd tonight because they didn’t see much snooker, but at the same time they got to witness a bit of history.
“As soon as I was shaking Zhou’s hand I told him not to worry about it. He has a lot of positives to take away from the week. I’m sure he will win a tournament before long.
“Winning a title early in the year gives me breathing space. I’m really proud of that record (winning a title in 15 consecutive years). I always try to improve every year because the whole tour is improving all the time.
“I’m really keen to press home my advantage (for the BetVictor bonus), a good run in Germany could almost secure it for me. You might see me in the Shoot Out as well.”

Ali Carter, who had made the Final at the 2020 Masters only the week-end before, did well too. He reached the SF where he was beaten by Neil.

All the detailed results are available on snooker.org.

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