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Neil Robertson holds off Jack Lisowski to reach International Championship final

Robertson reaches his second ranking final of the season (credit: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images for Kaspersky)

Neil Robertson secured his spot in a second International Championship final courtesy of a 9-7 victory over Jack Lisowski in Daqing on Saturday.

Robertson, who finished runner-up in this event in 2012, denied Lisowski for the second time this season, having also defeated the 27-year-old in the final of July's Riga Masters.

The duo ended the first session locked level at four apiece before Robertson turned the tide from 5-4 down to lead 8-5 and withheld a late rally from the Gloucester ace to confirm a meeting with Mark Allen in Sunday's final.

Lisowski clinched the first frame of the contest before Robertson levelled with a break of 60 and edged the third frame to go ahead.

Lisowski pegged back to parity in frame four, though a 64 break proved insufficient in the fifth as Robertson edged it 71-65.

The following frame saw fortunes reversed as Lisowski defied a 66 break from the Australian with a superb 71 to make it three apiece.

A clinical break of 102 saw Lisowski retake the lead, but a half century (53) in frame eight was cancelled out by Robertson as he squared up the contest once again at the halfway stage.

Lisowski made a promising start to the second session with a break of 76, but that would prove the last time he would have his nose in front.

Robertson edged a close-run tenth frame before adding a 54 break to lead 6-5 and clinching a cagey twelfth by 61 points to 52.

The left-hander then powered in a superb break of 119 to go three clear before Lisowski stopped the rot in style with a magnificent 133 clearance which included a one-handed final black.

Lisowski's 133 was the 100th century of the tournament - the first time that figure has been reached at a World Snooker event at any venue.

The world number 21 applied further pressure with a break of 60 in the proceeding frame to trail by one, but Robertson averted the need for a decider with a well-taken 67 to secure his passage to the final.


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Neil Robertson holds off Jack Lisowski to reach International Championship final

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