Thanks we've sent you a message!

Stream live snooker

Find out how now!

No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us. If you do not want to receive such messages, tick here:

Neil Robertson: 'Winning £1 million on par with Leicester winning Premier League'

Neil Robertson thinks winning the £1 million bonus would be on par with Leicester City's Premier League title success (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Neil Robertson believes that the achievement of winning the £1 million bonus at the end of the inaugural Home Nations Series would be 'on par with Leicester winning the Premier League'.

Robertson began his quest for the top prize on offer to any player that can successfully win all four tournaments during one season with a commanding 4-1 victory over Hamza Akbar on Tuesday.

However, while the Australian thinks he is capable of achieving the feat, he acknowledged that it is very unlikely to happen for any professional on the tour.

"I've got the belief and the bottle to do it. It's just about being able to put yourself in the position to win the matches because it's quite easy to be outplayed in a best-of-seven," he explained.

"It can be done but winning 28 games in a row would be incredible. You're probably going to have to play six of seven deciders and you need a huge amount of luck to win that many.

"I don't think it can be done but stranger things have happened - it's probably on par with Leicester winning the Premier League last year!"

The world number seven was given a scare by his Pakistani opponent, who produced an impressive break of 92 in the opening frame, but he recovered by reeling off the next four on the spin and he was satisfied with his performance levels after what has been a hectic period in the season.

Neil Robertson plays a shot (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
"I'm really pleased with how I played considering I was heavily involved in Romania and have been travelling non-stop," he said.

"Hamza knocked in a 92 in the opening frame which goes to show how strong the depth of the tour is. If any top player's rusty in the first round, they can easily be beaten nowadays.

"I'm very relieved to get through in the end and played some pretty good stuff as well."

Looking forward, Robertson is hopeful of continuing his strong start to the campaign which has seen him lift the Riga Masters title, as well as getting to the Last Four of the World Open and last weekend's European Masters.

However, he knows that it will be difficult to keep it up heading into another busy stage of the season, with the International Championship, Champion of Champions, UK Championship and Masters fast approaching.

"I've had a fantastic start to the season - winning the first event and reaching the semis of two others" he observed. "I couldn't have asked for much more.

"It's going to be tough to maintain that because we've got such a busy next few months."

"I've put myself in good positions to win tournaments this year, so that's all you can do."



Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Neil Robertson: 'Winning £1 million on par with Leicester winning Premier League'

Neil Robertson believes that the achievement of winning the £1 million bonus at the end of the inaugural Home Nations Series would be 'on par with Leicester winning the Premier League'.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages