Neil Robertson may not have realised the full impact of becoming the first Australian to win the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship when he potted the final ball at 00.50 on Tuesday morning, but he has been left in no doubt less than twenty four hours later.
“Feels like I haven’t gone to bed yet, still a surreal experience. I’m still waiting for someone to pinch me and make sure it’s not a dream.
It won’t sink in for quite sometime. Absolutely fantastic, I must have had about a 100 messages so far. The reception from back home has been incredible, the TV crews have been outside my Dad’s house and all the biggest newspapers have been interviewing him and my brother and the rest of my family.
“I’m a but overwhelmed really, when I got to the semis last year it was great but this is on a completely different planet and I’m really excited for everyone,” said the 28-year-old.
As if the pressure of performing on the game’s biggest stage wasn’t enough his Mum, Alison flew in to watch her son play for the first time.
“I was really proud that my Mum came over. I had to hold back the tears when I waved at the end. It’s an emotional occasion as she has never seen me play professionally so to do that at the World Championship was fantastic. Maybe I’ll bring her over for all the events!”
Whilst he potted his way to the title against a resurgent Graeme Dott, his girlfriend Mille is due to give birth to their first child at anytime. Robertson flew out to Oslo to be with her on Tuesday.
The Thunder from Down Under has collected two titles this season and at last month’s China Open he made his first ever professional maximum.
“At the start of the season I wanted to make sure of my top four place and managed to do that by winning the Grand Prix and the World Title in the same season, is absolutely fantastic. I’m going to become a big scalp, so I’m going to have to work hard so I can live upto the expectations of being World Champion and dealing with those pressures.
“I’ve won five world ranking tournaments now so I’ve learnt to deal with the pressure of winning, it’s a challenge and I’m really looking forward to next season.
“I don’t know if anyone else has done that but I’m pretty proud, there are a lot of players who get to ranking event finals and don’t win one. You need a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work but really happy that I’m 5-0.”
When he returns to the practise table, Robertson’s world will have changed forever. The title of World Champion will take some getting used to as will the joy of fatherhood but the laid back Australian is relishing both challenges.
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