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On the verge

It looks like Steve Davis’ magical run at this year’s World Championship is coming to an end. The 52-year-old six-time champ has already defied the odds by reaching the quarter finals of the tournament – beating current world champ John Higgins along the way – but this time he has bitten off more than he can chew in Australian Neil Robertson.

Davis trails 12-4 and was very close to being knocked out with a session to spare, but rallied to make sure he didn’t suffer the ultimate humiliation you can experience in snooker. For his part Robertson wasn’t too disappointed about not having a day off between his quarter and semi-finals.

‘At the start of the day I would have been very happy with a 12-4 lead to take into Wednesday,' said Robertson. 'Steve struggled a bit, and the table was pretty bad in the morning session. I just lost my concentration a little bit at the end there, I could have wrapped it up and had tomorrow off.

‘But it is going to be very difficult for him to come back from there. I'll have to concentrate hard to finish the job. If I was playing anyone else I would have done it, but I think Steve was very determined not to lose with a session to spare.’

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