Wild WC wrote:Sunday 15th - Sunday 20th of January at Alexandra Palace, London
Neil Robertson and Mark Selby first turned professional in 1998 and 15 years later they are going to play each other in their first final.
Neil Robertson has to start favorite but never underestimate Mark Selby's sheer grit and determination as he goes for his 3rd straight tournament win having won in York before Christmas then Munich in the new year.
Who will take another Masters title Robertson for the second time or Selby for the third time?Head to Heads
Mark Selby 8-2 Neil Robertson (Last match 2012 UK Championship Selby wins 6-4)DRAWFinal
Neil Robertson v Mark Selby ORDER OF PLAY
What a final!,without a doubt between the 2 best players in the world (at the moment).
Ironicaly both players SHOULD,NT really be in this final as both were on the brink of going out!.
Robbo somehow comes back to beat Ding 6-5 in round 1,Ding was a couple of cm away from bein able to pot a red which he would have most certainly potted and sent Robbo packing,but even before it got to that stage,Ding have several chances but blew em.
Robbo then just manages to get past Allen in the 1/4, finals with another 6-5 result.
Ok,the next match he won fair n square 6-2 against Murphy,but Murphy was allllll over the shop.
Selby looked dead and buried in his first round when Bingham went 5-1 up and Bingham had several chances to wrap up the match but just could,nt get over the line.
Although the scoreline against Williams looks a one way track,(6-1),it certainly was,nt,both players were well off song,especially Williams who played some of the worst snooker he,s ever produced in a pro Tourney,especially in a BIGGIE like this Masters!.
Selby once again SHOULD have been thrown out of this years Masters by Dott in the semi-final,trailing 4-1 and once again playin way off his very best,he comes back and wins yet another decider,Dott messing up chances similar to what Bingham did.
All in all though,bottom line is,...one could say,if there opponents can,t take there chances and put them away,then it,s not Robbos and Selbys fault,we still have to give every credit for these 2 not giving up and bein able to turn the match around.
I,ve said it before and i,ll say it again,....Snooker,just like other sports and life in general are,can be fullllll of SHOULDS,COULDS,SHOULD HAVE,COULD HAVE etc,but at the end of the day,a win is a win and it,s not just down to luck,the run of the balls,coincidence if a player keeps gettin far in or even goes on to win many tournaments.
I was in the mood for doin a wee summary today.
Who,ll win today and become the Masters champ 2013,i haven,t got a bl**dy clue!.
An easier question would be,who would i like to win,well,i aint that bovered tbh,the icing on the cake would be if Robbo leads by 3,4 frames and Selbs yet again comes back and wins on yet another decider!..