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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0000
Neil Robertson feels Jack Lisowski must develop a killer instinct if he is to take his game to the next level, but despite a comfortable 10-5 victory at the Tour
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Neil Robertson feels Jack Lisowski must develop a killer instinct if he is to take his game to the next level, but despite a comfortable 10-5 victory at the Tour Championship on Tuesday, Robertson says Lisowski will ‘obviously win a tournament soon.’
The Thunder from Down Under saw off Jackpot 10-5 at Celtic Manor in a game he largely dominated and was never behind in.
The UK champion made three centuries in the match and has set-up a semi-final clash with either Kyren Wilson or Mark Selby later in the week.
The Australian is looking for his 20th ranking title this week while Lisowski is still hunting down his first, despite establishing himself as one of the top players in the game today.
Robertson feels the Englishman is close, but needs to be more ruthless in taking opportunities against other top players.
Lisowski won three frames in the second session on Tuesday in impressive fashion, but the game already seemed to have gone by then and Robertson feels he needs to strike harder and earlier in big matches.
‘I thought the way I finished off the first session was excellent,’ Robertson told WST.
‘I knew Jack would have some kind of response, he could relax a bit, he maybe thought he was out of the match until he got a few more frames on the board.
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‘I finished it off well in the end, maybe didn’t play quite as well as I did in the afternoon, but I wasn’t far off that, but really pleasing to get through.
‘That was probably the difference in the match, that I was prepared to pounce on any kind of mistake he made.
‘That is probably the next thing he has to do with his game, find that killer instinct to put every chance away.
He can fly in matches against lesser opponents.
It can take for him to go far behind against top players, before he relaxes and starts taking his chances.
‘But his safety was very, very good today, actually.
He didn’t really give me any easy chances, usually the safety is probably the weakest part of his game but it was very strong today.’
Lisowski has been in three finals this season, losing to Judd Trump in all three of them and has now been to six ranking finals in total without winning one.
Robertson does not think his chances are diminishing though and can see silverware in Lisowski’s near future.
‘Just improve a little bit here and there he’ll be a much better player for it,’ said the Aussie.
‘He’ll obviously win a tournament soon, he’s been pretty unlucky, played me and Judd and [Mark] Selby, you can get better draws in finals.’
In terms of Robertson’s game, it was a very encouraging performance after a quiet time that has seen him win just one match since lifting the UK Championship in December.
Neil hasn’t entered many events since then, choosing to take time away from competition and prepare fully for this event and the World Championship, which appears to have worked wonders.
‘I feel really good,’ he said.
‘Some of the events I didn’t enter I felt as though I wasn’t going to give them 100%.
‘I entered the Players Championship and I played really well in that, but ran into Kyren playing fantastically.
I had no complaints and it was back on the practice table to prepare for this one and it was good to see my preparation paid off.’
Wilson and Selby play on Wednesday with the winner taking on Robertson in the semi-final.
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