NEIL Robertson brushed aside the challenge of Graeme Dott to book himself a place in the draw for the last 32 here in Glasgow.
Robertson, relishing the sprint format of the first to 3 frames quickly rattled off the first frame with breaks of 48 and 22 with Dott struggling to establish any rhythm. The last time these two locked horns which was in the world final in Sheffield saw the match concluded at 12.55 in thr morning. This took a fraction of that time.
Robertson, who had suffered defeats in Germany and Shanghai was anxious to avoid another early exit as he won a tactical second frame and looked for all the world that he was going to complete a 3-0 victory over the man from Larkhall. But Dott was not in any mood to surrender quietly and after Robertson left Graeme needing a snooker in the third frame extracted a free ball from the Aussie when he left the red hidden behind the black with the cue ball behind the brown. Robertson bungled his escape and to make matters worse left a free ball for the former world champion. Taking full advantage of the slip up from the Austalian Dott stroked in the brown as his free ball and cleared with a break of 42 to pinch the frame 69-68.
Could Graeme sustain his recovery - the answer was an emphatic no as he took a rash swipe at the reds and left Robertson with a short range red to the corner. As Robertson fired in the red Graeme must have a had a sense of what weas to follow as Neil confidently pieced together a break of 103 to win 3-1.
Suzy Jardine - Glasgow
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