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Last Updated: Monday, 21 April, 2003, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Dott powers to victory
By Clive Jones
BBC Sport at the Crucible

Dott had a century break in the fifth frame
Dott had a century break in the fifth frame
Graeme Dott brushed aside the challenge of qualifier Robert Milkins with a comfortable 10-4 first round win.

Dott held a 5-4 advantage at the start of the day and won all four frames before the mid-session interval to stand within one of victory.

The 12th seed was made to wait a little in a tactical 14th-frame tussle which lasted nearly 38 minutes.

But Dott was not to be denied as Milkins conceded the match with the colours on the table.

Dott admitted he got the run of the balls on his way to the win.

All season I've been losing to players that I should be able to beat
Robert Milkins

"It's a shame for Robert, but that was the first bit of luck I've had all season," said the 12th seed.

"I played relatively well considering I've never felt so nervous before a game - if I'd lost I could have started next season out of the top 32.

"I didn't expect to win all five frames in the session but that's the way it goes sometimes."

Milkins bemoaned his poor luck, and a run of disappointing defeats.

"The amount of good fortune Graeme was getting was unbelievable," he said.

"I had to chase the game all morning and I just didn't play well.

"With all respect to Graeme, all season I've been losing to players that I should be able to beat.

"I've got the potential to do well in the tournament but my natural ability isn't coming through."

First-round result: G Dott (Sco) 10-4 R Milkins (Eng)
60-50, 59-15, 5-85, 59-65 (52 Dott), 117-0 (104), 34-69, 46-68, 68-66, 72-0 (71), 102-11 (74), 75-42, 66-4, 60-8 (59) 60-28.




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