Ronnie O'Sullivan (@1.53) vs Neil Robertson (@2.5)

Our Prediction:

Ronnie O'Sullivan will win

Ronnie O'Sullivan – Neil Robertson Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 02:00

The sensational shock victory over Ronnie OSullivan shows he loves the big stage, and if he can carry that same swagger back onto the tour and maintain the dedication and commitment occasionally lacking in his first stint as a pro, he could do some more damage. James Cahill The tag of first amateur at the Crucible was always slightly misleading, as a former and soon-to-be pro.

Higgins, with no silverware to his name and a series of disappointing early exits from tournaments to erase from his memory, has been disillusioned with the game since losing his second successive World Championship final last May. Arguably the worst draw that John Higgins could have received on the back of what has been his most miserable season in years. By beating Lyu Haotian in the preliminaries, Davis became the first player to reach the venue stages via the qualifiers ten times. Six years ago at the same hurdle, Davis knocked Higgins out courtesy of a 10-6 scoreline and in fact boasts a superior head-to-head record against the former world number one. The Wizard of Wishaw will be hoping that the Crucible Theatre can inspire some of his old magic to return but in the first round of the 2019 World Snooker Championship hes been paired with an old nemesis at this stage. Match sharp and with a laissez-faire attitude at the twilight of his career, the 46 year-old will be a tricky challenge that an out-of-form Higgins might not have any answers for this year.

Robertson returned to winning ways at the China Open by winning his seventh career ranking event.

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Its also true that first time world champions often struggle with the added weight of expectation and scrutiny but there are so many tournaments now and a lot of trophies to play for. Hes not yet 30 and has done the triple crown and is now in the perfect position to push on and start winning more titles. If he keeps his focus he will win plenty more. You could argue some of the pressure is off him now hes triumphed at the Crucible. Judd Trump Judd was my choice last year (just saying) and he goes into this season with the final piece of the jigsaw: the world title. Its crazy to think how some people had written him off.

At the 2009 World Championship Robertson defeated Steve Davis, Ali Carter and Stephen Maguire to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time, before losing to Shaun Murphy 1417 (after at one stage recovering from 714 behind to level at 1414). Robertson made 2 centuries, and Maguire made 3, with the 3rd sealing a 63 win over the Australian. The match lasted almost 6 hours in total, with the Australian edging it 97. During the 2009 Masters Robertson and opponent Stephen Maguire set a record of 5 consecutive century breaks. After a disappointing start to the 2008/2009 season, Robertson reached the final of the 2008 Bahrain Championship, where he played Matthew Stevens.

If he gets back there, he could very well stay on top for five or six years this time. Judd Trump Bearing in mind that he earned more points than anyone last season, and that Ive tipped him to be the star of the new season, it follows that I expect Trump to be number one soon. Its been largely forgotten that hes already been number one when he was 23, but it was only for a very short while.

The Belgian endured a terrible time after that breakthrough success but this months semi-final appearance in the China Open has provided a signal of a return to form. The last time Gary Wilson qualified he played Ronnie OSullivan so hell be thankful that he has been granted with a more realistic path into the last 16. When on his game, Brecel is a dangerous threat to anyone and its easy to forget that hes still only 24. Luca Brecel relied heavily on his China Championship victory from last season to remain inside the top 16 and gain one of the crucial automatic berths. Making his fourth bow at the Crucible, Brecel will be hoping that the obstacle of Wilson can lead to a stepping stone to greater glories in the event. Still, theres an opportunity for both of these players to reach the second round at the Crucible for the first time in their careers. In a first round draw that is full of eye-catching ties, this one is possibly not one that especially stands outs.

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In October 2009, Robertson clinched the 2009 Grand Prix trophy in Glasgow with a 94 win over China's Ding Junhui in the final. His semi-final match with defending champion John Higgins was won on the final black of the deciding frame.

However, at the World Open Robertson was drawn in the last 64 against Graeme Dott in a repeat of their world final, Robertson won 31 and went on to beat David Morris, Andrew Higginson, Ricky Walden and Mark Williams before producing an assured display to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 51 in the final, to confirm his position as the eighth world number 1 in snooker.[18] Robertson was invited to the Premier League Snooker, where he reached the semi-final. Robertson started the new season by losing in the first round of the 2010 Shanghai Masters to Peter Ebdon.