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Neil Robertson topples Judd Trump to reach Players Championship final

Robertson ends Trump's rampant run (credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Neil Robertson ended Judd Trump's hopes of landing the Coral Cup as he came from 3-1 down to seal a 6-4 victory and a place in the Players Championship final in Preston on Friday.

Trump, the reigning World Grand Prix champion, was bidding to remain in the running for a hat-trick of titles in this year's Coral Cup and the additional £125,000 bonus but saw his run brought to an end by the in-form Australian.

Robertson, who is aiming to make it back-to-back ranking titles following last month's Welsh Open success, will now meet either Ronnie O'Sullivan or Mark Allen in Sunday's final.

"It was about being patient and composed after the first four frames," Robertson told ITV Sport.

"You don't want to make a habit of losing to the same person, he's beaten me the last couple of times

"We get on really well, we're part of the same stable and always congratulate each other whenever we win an event.

"It's great to be in another final and going for back-to-back ranking titles which doesn't come along very often."

Masters Champion Trump started brightly with breaks of 62 and 100 to establish a 2-0 lead, before Robertson replied with a 71 break to get off the mark.

Trump extended his lead before the interval but only for Robertson to return with a tremendous clearance of 140, the highest break of the tournament so far, to peg back.

The Aussie then edged frame six before adding breaks of 54 and 68 to extend his lead to 5-3, though Trump stopped the rot in frame nine to keep his hopes alive.

Robertson, however, soon killed the game off with a break of 59 to reach his fourth ranking final of the season.


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Neil Robertson topples Judd Trump to reach Players Championship final

Neil Robertson ended Judd Trump's hopes of landing the Coral Cup as he came from 3-1 down to seal a 6-4 victory and a place in the Players Championship final in Preston on Friday.

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