We’re down to the final four at this year’s Masters and we’ve picked the brain of the 2022 champion and world number three Neil Robertson as to who he thinks can pocket the trophy in north London.
Mark Williams, Stuart Bingham and Judd Trump are all former champions of this Triple Crown event and will all be hoping that the fourth semi-finalist Jack Lisowski doesn’t break his duck inside the Alexandra Palace.
Let’s take stock of what the “Thunder from Down Under” had to say to freebets.com:
On the Masters semi-finals
“I think after seeing [Judd] Trump coming through that match against Ryan Day, he has to be considered a favourite now.
“There is no real science to it, but when you come through a nail-biter after not playing particularly well, it can give you that kick to go on and win the tournament.
“It happened to me last year at the Masters in the semi-final. I played horribly against Mark Williams in the semi-final and was in need of two snookers to stay in the game. I rallied and managed to pinch the frame and ended up winning the game. I then played great in the final against Hawkins winning 10-4.
“On his day Trump is so good to watch – another tight win over Hawkins puts him in good stead for another Masters title.”
- Judd Trump to win the 2023 Masters at 13/8 with bet365
On exiting the Masters early
“I switch off to be honest with you.
“When I exit a tournament early I don’t tend to watch much of it afterwards as it’s a bit of a waste of my time. If there is an exiting finale to a match or perhaps the latter stages then I may switch back on, but the problem with snooker is that you can watch a couple of frames and a few hours goes by without you realising [laughs].
“But if there is a player in a final that is unexpected then I might watch that – it’s nice to see the guys family and that after they lift the trophy.
On his 2023 ahead
“I don’t set specific goals of winning tournaments or getting to a certain ranking anymore – maybe that was something that I used to do when I was a bit younger.
“But now I just focus on improving my game as much as I can. That’s all you can think about in a solo sport like snooker.
“If there is a certain part of my game that I am struggling with then I will of course pay more attention to that, but otherwise I am just making sure I am keeping kit and healthy and staying on top of my diet.”
- Neil Robertson to win the Snooker World Championship at 5/1 with bet365
On an outsider to impress on the World Snooker Tour in 2023
“Someone who I have been really impressed with is Hossein Vafaei.
“He seems to really enjoy his snooker and has improved a lot over the last couple of years, beating some big names.
“He was excellent in knocking Mark Selby out of the Masters and I can tell he’s got some more big performances in him”
- Hossein Vafaei to win the Snooker World Championship at 66/1 with bet365