Neil Robertson has given himself a great chance of winning his 16th ranking title after storming into an 8-2 lead in the final of the China Open.
The 37-year-old went into the match as the heavy favourite, with opponent Jack Lisowski yet to win a ranking title. Robertson set the tempo with a break of 86 and really found his groove in the second frame.
A break of 141 allowed the Australian to take control before he then won the next two frames 66-13 and 109-23.
Lisowski, who is now 21.00 to win the final, responded by winning a frame back but Robertson continued to grind his rival down when the pressure was on.
After racing into a 7-1 advantage in the morning session, Lisowski gave himself a glimmer of hope by winning the final frame before the afternoon break.
Robertson is as short as 4.33 to win the final 11-2, while punters may fancy the underdog to come back and produce a fightback.
Lisowski to win 11-10 is 23.00, while a narrow 11-9 Robertson win is available at odds of 19.00.
‘The Thunder From Down Under’ has already beaten Luca Brecel, Sam Craigie, Lu Ning, Mei Xiwen, and Wales’ Kishan Hirani to get to this stage of the competition.
A win this weekend would be the perfect response for the Aussie after he lost last month’s Tour Championship final to Ronnie O’Sullivan.
He is starting to find his best form at the right time and can be backed at odds of 6.50 to win the World Championships.