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Dogged Robertson sees off Hendry

THE MASTERS
Venue: Wembley Arena, London Date: Sunday 11 - Sunday 18 January
Coverage: BBC Television, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website

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Robertson sends Hendry out

Australia's Neil Robertson progressed to the quarter-finals of the Masters with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Stephen Hendry at Wembley Arena.

Neither player was at his best, with both Hendry and Robertson missing easy chances to break clear in what was a topsy-turvy first-round match.

Robertson led four times but kept being pinned back until he won the final three frames to wrap up the win.

In the other game, Ali Carter thrashed former world champion Peter Ebdon 6-0.

The irresistible Carter potted with great confidence and gave Ebdon few opportunities as he booked a quarter-final with Ronnie O'Sullivan.

606: DEBATE

Carter showed his intent with a 130 total clearance in the first frame and doubled his advantage with a 57 break.

Essex's Carter won a scrappy third frame 53-21 and made it 4-0 with a 67 break.

After the interval, former world champion Ebdon missed a tough opening red to the middle pocked from tight on the baulk cushion. Carter then stepped up with his second century of the match to leave Ebdon needing to win six successive frames.

It was a task that was beyond Ebdon and Carter sealed a deserved win with a 64 break.

Earlier, Hendry admitted he did not deserve to beat Robertson, who will play Scotland's Stephen Maguire in the last eight.

"When you make loads of unforced errors you don't deserve to win," said the former world champion.

"When you feel as uncomfortable as I do out there results aren't going to happen."

It was 2-2 at the mid-session interval between Robertson and Hendry with two scrappy opening games being followed by an 85 break for Robertson and then an 80 for Hendry in the fourth frame.

Neil Robertson
Robertson will play Stephen Maguire in the last eight

Robertson had a 147 in his sights after the break but missed an awkward black on 97.

The Australian should have been 4-2 ahead when he opened the sixth frame with a 52 break but Hendry hit back with a 61 to steal the frame on the black.

Hendry edged ahead in the next frame, getting the better of Robertson in a protracted safety duel. However, it was all square again after the eighth frame.

Robertson scraped home with a 47 break in the next and the left-hander ended the seven-time world champion's participation at Wembley with a 92 break in the last frame.

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