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It's gone to the land down under

Neil Robertson has become the first player from outside the UK and Ireland to become world champion of snooker for 30 years after being Graeme Dott 18-13 in a tense, error-strewn final in the early hours of this morning. Neither player was anywhere near their best, especially Dott, who had lit up the tournament with his new rapid style of play, but once Robertson got his nose in front he was mature enough to keep it there.

The win for Robertson was probably what the game wanted, as its popularity has waned over the years in Australia, and now Robertson can go back home a world champion, something Aussies always like to see.

‘This is absolutely incredible,’ said the Australian, who becomes the first overseas players to win the world championship since Cliff Thorburn in 1980. ‘I seriously can't believe it. In my last-16 match I was 11-5 down to Martin Gould and after my (semi-final) match with Ali Carter I was really disappointed I couldn't have any of my family over for the final.

‘Then I got a voicemail from my mum to say that when I was 15-9 up overnight against Ali, she had jumped on a plane, so it was quite lucky I finished the job off!

‘My mum and her partner have travelled for ages and they only got two hours’ sleep before the final, so for them to be here makes it absolutely perfect what is going on right now.

It would have been a big blow if I had lost in the final. I had all that pressure to contend with but hopefully this is the start of something and we can have an event there now.’

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