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Neil Robertson leads Graeme Dott 9-7 in Crucible final

World Snooker Championship final
Date: 2-3 May 2010 Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Coverage: Live on BBC Two (Resumes 1950 on Sunday, 1500 and 2000 Monday), BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website (UK only), updates on BBC Radio 5 Live. Full TV schedule

By Mark Ashenden
BBC Sport in Sheffield

Neil Robertson plays a shot in the World Championship final against Graeme Dott
Robertson hopes to become the first overseas winner for 30 years

Neil Robertson won six out of eight frames in the second session to lead Graeme Dott 9-7 in the final of the World Snooker Championship.

The Australian trailed the Scot 5-3 going into the evening session, but breaks of 61, 90, 79 and 75 changed the complexion of the best-of-35 contest.

Dott looked weary but managed to stop the rot, winning frames 14 and 15.

He should have won the 16th but failed with a plant allowing Robertson to clear and take a two-frame lead.

Had that plant gone in, it would have given Dott a huge boost going into the third session on Monday.

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He had lost five frames on the bounce, including a heartbreaking 11th where he made 72 before Robertson claimed the snooker he needed and won the frame on a re-spotted black.

The Australian took the next two for 8-5 before Dott bounced back with a 56 in the 14th, after his opponent missed a red into the middle, before making a 53 in the next to reduce the deficit to one frame.

But the 2006 champion's luck was out in the final frame of the night when he elected to take a risky two-ball plant into the right centre and missed, allowing Robertson to steal it.

Earlier, Dott, a three-time finalist, knocked in an 80 break to take the opening frame of the match and came through a bout of safety to take two of the next three.

Robertson, 28, hit back and a 62 helped him level at 3-3 before Dott edged back-to-back frames.



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Dott v Robertson - Final lowdown
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Final scores from the Crucible
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Robertson reaches Crucible final
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Robertson ends Davis's fairytale
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Selby fightback stuns O'Sullivan
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Dott & Carter progress to semis
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Ask the experts
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World Championship results
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