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Neil Robertson vows to restore the passion in his game following World Snooker Championship exit

Neil Robertson lost 13-11 to Marco Fu at the Crucible on Monday (credit:BBC)

Neil Robertson says he must revert to pre-match heavy metal music and his naturally passionate character in order to return to the top of the sport following his Second Round exit from the 2017 World Championship at The Crucible.

The Australian was on the receiving end of a dramatic 13-11 defeat to Marco Fu - concluding a generally disappointing campaign that brought just one trophy at the Riga Masters last June and saw him slip to ninth in the world rankings.

Robertson feels his clash with Fu was of a poor standard and has put that down to his change of approach in recent years.

“Towards the end of the frames would’ve been good to watch but, apart from that, it was absolute garbage. It was just awful all the way through,” he analysed. “I would’ve turned that off if I was watching on the TV.

“The only time I felt like myself was when I gave it the fist-pump when I went 11-10 up and that’s the way I’ve got to play in future.

“I’ve tried to play within myself for a few years but I need adrenaline and to be pumped up in order to play well, otherwise you’re going to be snoring. In my opinion, there are only three or four players in the world worth watching and, at the moment, I’m not one of them.

“I used to listen to heavy metal and get revved up before but have stopped doing it and am just walking into matches with nothing there.”

The 2010 World Champion became renowned for demonstrating his passion on the table – notably when winning crucial frames or capturing big titles – although he admitted to reining it in after upsetting a few players on the tour.

Nevertheless, he insists that he means no offence when displaying his emotions and that it is no different to that seen in other individual sports like tennis and golf.

“I don’t mean it personally to any opponent whatsoever, but it’s the way I’ve got to play,” he said.

“A couple of players have pulled me up on it in the past and asked me if I wanted the whole tour to hate me but, if the whole tour are going to hate me for giving the odd fist-pump, then they’ve probably got other issues towards me.

“At the time when I was doing it, I’d made five finals in seven or eight events, so maybe it was a reaction of not wanting me to do well.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of success by not doing it but tennis players and golfers and so many other sports renowned for great gentlemanly conduct do it, so why can’t snooker players?”

Having experimented and consequently not been satisfied with the results of his nice-guy approach, the 35-year-old is hopeful that going back to his cultural ways similar to that of one of his sporting compatriots will produce vast improvements on the table next season.

“Next year, I have to play with passion because I just can’t play within myself anymore,” he added. “When I do that, the frames go tight at the start, I can’t get any rhythm going, I take an eternity to play a shot and it’s not the way I want to play.

“That’s not saying I’m going to be flying around the table taking 15 seconds a shot, but I’m going to be playing a lot more aggressively, with more freedom and showing my emotion when I feel like it.”

“I’ve tried to be a nice, quiet player and it just doesn’t work – I’m an Aussie, I’m proud of that and if I’m going to give it the odd Lleyton Hewitt ‘come on’ then sobeit.”



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Neil Robertson vows to restore the passion in his game following World Snooker Championship exit

Neil Robertson says he must revert to pre-match heavy metal music and his naturally passionate character in order to return to the top of the sport following his Second Round exit from the 2017 World Championship at The Crucible.

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