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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 October 2006, 22:48 GMT
Robertson clinches Aberdeen win
Neil Robertson
Robertson secured the 60,000 first prize in Aberdeen
Neil Robertson became the first Australian to win a ranking event with a 9-5 victory over Jamie Cope in the Grand Prix final in Aberdeen.

The Melbourne player dominated the early part of the match and led 8-2 at one stage.

But with victory in sight he started to struggle and Cope won the next three frames to give him a chance.

Robertson, however, regained his composure with a break of 55 to win the 14th frame and take the match.

"I was twitching all over the place at the end but this has been the best week of my life." said the 24-year-old left-hander, who will move up to seventh in the provisional world rankings.

"The win over Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the week.

"Leading 8-2 I thought it was in the bag. I was feeling really, really good and all I wanted was one chance, but the balls just went a little bit funny and Jamie started to find his rhythm.

"But he started to miss a few balls, I did and it became a little bit contagious.

"If he had won the frame to make it 8-6 then anything could have happened, but I'm so relieved to have won it."

The Australian, who is based in Cambridge, led 5-2 after the afternoon session although it was Cope who won the first frame before Robertson won four frames in a row to put him in command.

It got even better for Robertson when the pair resumed for the evening session.

The lead became four frames after Cope missed a couple of decent chances to reduce his arrears, with Robertson pinching a scrappy frame to make it 6-2.

Robertson then edged within two frames of victory by winning the ninth frame and a 63 break took him within one frame of his first title.

Although Cope made a stylish 105 to make sure the match went to a final session, it only delayed the inevitable.

Warren King was the last Australian to reach a ranking event final, but he lost 10-6 to Steve James at the 1990 Classic final in Blackpool.

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