The Australian left-hander was edged out 17-14 in an epic clash with Shaun Murphy in Sheffield and since then he's further underlined just why he could challenge for the Crucible crown this time around.
Back in October Robertson became the most successful player from outside Great Britain in ranking events when clinching his fourth career title with a 9-4 victory over Ding Junhui 9-4 in the final of the Grand Prix in Glasgow.
Chinese star Ding matched his achievement when capturing the UK Championship and the duo will be viewed as two of the most dangerous overseas contenders gunning for glory.
Robertson, provisionally world ranked number four, admits he loved the special atmosphere of the 'one table' situation at the Crucible and is eager to reach at least the semis to taste that same experience once again.
"I think I can go one step further than last year," said the 27-year-old. "I won the Grand Prix earlier in the season so I definitely know I can win tournaments and beat the best players and currently sit provisionally four in the world rankings at the moment.
"The best result I've had before finishing the season is at seven so it looks like I'll at least equal or better that which has been my focus. The number one spot is miles away, John Higgins wrapped that up in China, so the aim is to finish as high as I can and reaching the semi-finals at the one table situation would be great.
"The atmosphere is awesome when you get to that stage. Last year it was an amazing feeling walking out and seeing the one table there and experiencing how the whole place changes.
"The tournament is played on two tables in a tight area where they have to make the most out of the space available then all of a sudden you're playing on one table with all this room and all the eyes are on you. It's what all snooker players dream of."
The 'Thunder from Down Under' accepts there will be more attention on him in Sheffield due to his performances last year but doesn't think this will affect his chances.
He said: "I think the players who do have a really good World Championship the year before have some added pressure because you're remembered for doing so well but I don't tend to think about things like that too much.
"Once I get out there playing there's not a lot else you can do other than concentrate on your game and let the snooker gods do the rest!"
There have been seven different winners of the ranking events this season and Robertson, who plays Fergal O'Brien in the first round, believes the World Championship will be as open as it has ever been.
He said: "I think years ago when Stephen Hendry was dominating, he used to say he could almost walk into the semi-finals but it's just not possible nowadays - there's just so many good players and anyone can beat anyone on their day.
"The World Championship does obviously suit the better player but there always are upsets and surprises and the top eight seeds don't always reach the quarter-finals as much as they may have done. So you can't really look too far ahead in the draws."
Robertson hit a 147 break in the second round of the recent China Open although he was thumped 5-1 by Peter Ebdon in the same match.
Nevertheless the Aussie is happy with his overall preparations and isn't planning to overwork himself before or during the World Championship.
"I took a couple of days off after coming back from China to get over the jet lag and then into practice again," he added. "Making a 147 over there was great and shows I'm obviously playing well, even despite losing to Peter Ebdon, who was fantastic in that match. So I am still very confident.
"I didn't really have too many opportunities against Peter after I made the 147 because he played so well but I could definitely sense while I was in my chair it was very hard to focus on the match, it's hard to stop thinking about a break like that. In hindsight I was lucky to have even got the 147 just to get a frame on the board!
"At the start of the season you're trying to work on your game and improve because it all builds up to the World Championship.
"I like to take it a little bit easy in the build up to Sheffield - not necessarily in terms of days off practice but not going overboard because the matches can go on for so long and you need to hold your concentration for around two and a half weeks.
"Reaching the semi-finals last year, I noticed you don't really get any spare time, and any time you do get away from playing sessions you really need to be relaxing.
"You set up practice matches with players - I tend to play Joe Perry as we're at the same club - but other than that, if you're happy with your game then I just do an hour or two practice when on my own.
"And before a match you might just want to hit a few balls around for about 20 minutes. There's no point overdoing it and working on problems that aren't there."
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