THAT'S ALL FOLKS
Our thanks to Judd Trump and Neil Robertson for a fantastic day of entertainment, and to you for sticking with us.
Watch Trump clinch English Open title with stunning break
Both players are effusive about the talents of the other in the post-match interviews; you can't really be anything but when you've gone toe-to-toe with each other like that. Robertson might wonder how he lost that, and the frame ball red he missed at 7-6 was the decisive moment of the match. Trump still had to step in and mop up what was left though, and although his break-building wasn't as rhythmic as Robertson's today he managed to hang in when he was struggling to pinch frames that kept him in the match. He found his best in the decider though, and there's no better time to do so. This is his 18th ranking title, which brings him level with Robertson and Mark Selby in joint sixth on the all time list.
Trump: 'Robertson the better player in tough final'
JUDD TRUMP IS THE ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPION!
What a performance that was from the world number one. From 3-1 ahead this afternoon he lost six of the next seven frames, only to rattle off four in a row to take an 8-7 lead. Full credit must go to Robertson for his total clearance that took it to decider, but Trump hit straight back with a 114 to settle the argument. It was an epic final between two of very best in the world and, when they're done, both should be ranked as two of the top ten of all time.
JUDD TRUMP 9-8 NEIL ROBERTSON
That's the ton; there's 141 on here, so he might take the highest break prize from Robertson as well as the English Open title...but Trump misses the yellow on 114. No matter; he's the 2020 English Open champion!
JUDD TRUMP 8-8 NEIL ROBERTSON (76-0)
This one's over. All Robertson has been able to do in this frame is break-off, and watch a masterful clearance from the most consistent player in the game right now. Can Trump finish with a century here?
JUDD TRUMP 8-8 NEIL ROBERTSON (60-0)
Trump finishes high on the blue and then pots it to drive the white into the pack, but it's not the kindest split. All he has is a tight long red to the green pocket...and he drops it in like an arrow finding the bullseye. What shot under pressure, and he will surely win this now.
JUDD TRUMP 8-8 NEIL ROBERTSON (47-0)
Trump takes his break to 47 with a black to the bottom right. HE's got two reds in the open, but will need to start thinking about how he disturbs to break the pack of seven to win this in one hit.
JUDD TRUMP 8-8 NEIL ROBERTSON (9-0)
Robertson breaks, and he's left Trump a long red to the bottom left corner. He rolls it in smoothly to hold for the black, which he then cuts into the bottom right. Red to middle follows, and Trump has got the first chance to get this sorted.
IF YOU OWN A HAT...
...you may want to press it tight to your head.
JUDD TRUMP 8-8 NEIL ROBERTSON
Robertson's on the colours now, and the yellow banks his third century of this final. There are two phenomenal wills about to go head-to-head in the final frame. It's a total clearance of 125, and we're about to have a one frame shootout for the Steve Davis Trophy.
JUDD TRUMP 8-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-65)
Robertson brings up the half century with a black, but on 59 an attempt to stun into the pack from high off the blue goes awry; the pot is there, but the pack doesn't split nicely and he's left an awkward, close-up cut on a red to bottom left for his next shot. He makes it, scattering reds everywhere, and a long blue to the yellow pocket leaves Trump needing snookers. What a response this is, we're going all the way folks.
JUDD TRUMP 8-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-37)
So, what has Robertson got left? He looked in total command for most of this evening, and now he's one frame away from defeat with two to play. He'll feel better about things now though, as he's just drained a long red down the left of the table and pulled up nicely on the brown. He's quickly up to 13 and a lovely screw shot on a red just above the black sees the white flick another red away and open the black up to the bottom right corner. On 29 he screws into the pack after potting the black and lands on a red to the left middle, which he deftly drops in. This is a magnificent response so far.
JUDD TRUMP 8-7 NEIL ROBERTSON
Trump adds 12 but runs out of position. Robertson is playing on, but needs three snookers to win here. After a safety exchange he gets a red and a pink down, but accidentally pots the black when trying to free it up. That's end of frame and, sensationally, Trump is 8-7 ahead.
JUDD TRUMP 7-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (56-6)
The five reds are just below the pink spot and the black is currently out of commission on the right cushion. It's a tough ask for Robertson, and it might be over after he pulls his safety up short of the top cushion and Trump thin snicks a long red into the bottom right corner.
JUDD TRUMP 7-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (55-6)
That said, Trump is not your normal player. He puts together a half century, but after potting the pink to do so he hits the green going in and out of baulk and doesn't land on an inviting red. There's still 67 left, and with a handy lead in the bank he decides to play safe. That was still a great break under the circumstances. A lot of people talk about Trump's ability but mentioned much less is his moxie, which is just as impressive. From 7-4 behind in a best of 17 it's been a remarkable effort to get to this position against a player like Robertson.
JUDD TRUMP 7-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-6)
Once more with feeling; Robertson breaks off the fifteenth frame again, and Trump misses a long red to the bottom right. It leaves Robertson a cut on a red to the left middle from off the bottom cushion, but he misses it by a wide margin. Both players are out of their rhythm here, which has only upped the tension in what is now a best of three. After some safety play Robertson picks out a long red across the table and into the bottom right, and he's on the blue. That goes down, but he misses a mid-range red while stretching and using his cue extension, and he's left Trump in with a wide open table. Under normal circumstances, you'd fancy Trump to knock together a frame-winning visit here. These are not normal circumstances.
JUDD TRUMP 7-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-9)
Trump attempts the first pot in around ten minutes, a red to the left middle, but it rolls out off the knuckles. There are now six reds in the top half of the table and another two close to the left middle; the remaining six are loosely clustered near the pink spot. For the time being, it's hard to see how the deadlock will be broken. The players concur, and after a quick exchange between the two they agree to a re-rack.
JUDD TRUMP 7-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-9)
Trump blinks first, making a mess of a thin contact on a red and leaving Robertson a red across the bottom of the table and into the bottom left. Robertson strokes it in but can't stop the white going into the pack; he gambled on position on either pink or black, and didn't get it. We're now on intricate safety around the black spot.There are two reds over the left middle, one over the yellow pocket and one over the right middle; any mistake here could be costly, and the players are weighing up every shot carefully here.
JUDD TRUMP 7-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-8)
Robertson will be choked up about that frame ball red, but needs to put it out of his mind quickly as it's now best of three for the title. Trump gets the first chance in the 15th frame, but can't roll in a long red to the bottom right. In his next visit he goes in off, so Robertson gets the white in the D and his hand on the table, but with no obvious pot on he plays safe back to baulk. Trump coughs up another four after trying to rest on the underside of the pack below the pink, but makes the shot on the second attempt. It's all part of a prolonged, drawn out safety exchange; both players are on eggshells here, as they know the potential damage that could ensue if they leave a chance.
JUDD TRUMP 7-7 NEIL ROBERTSON
Trump snookers Robertson behind the black. Robertson escapes, but leaves Trump a chance at a thin cut on the green to the bottom right. He makes it, followed by another tight cut on the brown, and he's perfect on the blue. The remaining colour s are all potted off their spots and Trump has nicked this frame to being the scores level. This has been a superb three frames from the world number one.
JUDD TRUMP 6-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (45-65)
Trump sorts the reds with high value colours, and takes his break to 39 as he lines up the colours. Robertson's saviour here could be the brown, as it's welded tight to the top cushion. Trump tries to shift it off the yellow, an odd choice of shot; the yellow goes in and he nudges the brown out, but leaves the white on the top cushion and with no easy pot on the green. He plays safe instead, and these remaining colours are now huge in the context of the match.
JUDD TRUMP 6-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (4-65)
Robertson brings up the half century, overruning a touch when going in an out of baulk off the blue but picking out a red to right middle to keep on chugging. He's soon on a frame ball red to the right middle, but he doesn't cut it enough and the red bounces out off the top knuckle. Now then, Judd. There's 67 left on the table and Robertson's served him up an easy red to the left middle to get things going.
JUDD TRUMP 6-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (4-45)
Anyone hoping for a 147 at this early stage of the break will have to forget it, as Robertson pots one red with the rest into the bottom left and cannons another into the bottom right at the same time. The break goes on to 45, and Robertson is achingly precise in lining every shot up. Trump is coming back at him, so the enormity of this visit isn't lost on anyone.
JUDD TRUMP 6-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (4-24)
Trump breaks, and Robertson goes in-off in the bottom left when attempting a deadweight safety shot. He's not left anything though, and a safety exchange follows. Trump deadweight into a pack of reds near the black spot, but he's left one on to the right middle, which Robertson prods home and holds for the black. That was a lovely, delicate shot. He takes three reds and blacks to start, which clears space to play in around the black spot. Nice, intricate stuff from Robertson, and he's got a good spread of reds from which to make a big contribution here.
JUDD TRUMP 6-7 NEIL ROBERTSON
A total of 46 from Trump reduces the deficit to just one frame. He's made a couple of decisive breaks either side of the mid-session interval and this final is on a knife-edge again.
JUDD TRUMP 5-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (51-5)
Trump clips in the green to take his break to 40. More importantly, with three reds left there's only 51 left on the table, and Robertson now needs snookers.
JUDD TRUMP 5-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (49-5)
Trump finds a stunning pot on a red, clipping it right across the table from high on the right and into the bottom left corner, and landing the white plum on the black. It's a messy frame, but he has the lead and there are enough loose reds here to register a score that will make him a strong favourite in this frame. He's up to 31 already in this break.
JUDD TRUMP 5-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (18-5)
Both players miss long reds, and Trumps effort leaves Robertson near the pack and with an easy red to the right middle. Robertson can only make five before losing position and leaving the white on the bottom cushion, so plays safe up to the yellow. The table is a bit of a mess already, we could be in this frame for a while.
JUDD TRUMP 5-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (18-0)
We're back underway at the Marshall Arena and Trump has started well, draining a long red down the left of the table and then picking off the green to come back down the table to the reds. He's quickly up to 17, going in and out of baulk off the blue, and then picks off a nice cut on a red to the bottom right. He finishes high on the blue and with the perfect angle to go into the pack, but he catches the lower knuckle with the pot and it misses. He's not left Robertson anything, but he'll be annoyed he didn't turn that chance into a bigger score.
That was a big visit for Trump, his best break of the final so far and it will prolong the argument when we return. The players are now taking a 15 minute break, we'll be back with you shortly.
JUDD TRUMP 5-7 NEIL ROBERTSON
Trump has won the frame, but on 76 a loose positional shot on the pink leaves him stuck behind a red. Trump looks at Robertson and giggles; Robertson currently hold the highest break of the tournament, a 140 worth £5,000 if it isn't beaten, and Trump had a chance to eclipse it there. He tries a hampered and wafer thin cut on the black to bottom right instead, and misses. Robertson keeps hold of his five large for now, but Trump has reduced the deficit to two frames.
JUDD TRUMP 4-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (68-0)
This is more like it from Trump, as a black takes him to his half century. Another red black and red follow, and this 60 is his best break of the final so far. He soon takes a frame ball red to move to 68, and Robertson requires snookers.
JUDD TRUMP 4-7 NEIL ROBERTSON (20-0)
After a long safety exchange to start the 12th frame, the first chance falls to Trump as Robertson clips the blue when returning the white to baulk. That leaves Trump a straight red to bottom left requires cueing over the green. He commits to it, but misses it in a big way. Robertson hands him a reprieve though, missing a long, straight red to the bottom right, and he's left Trump on a red just above the black spot. Trump takes his break to 20 in no time, and he's got so many open reds to play for here. A frame-winning visit here before the interval would do him the power of good.
JUDD TRUMP 4-7 NEIL ROBERTSON
That's a clearance of 114 for Robertson, who is playing fluidly and punishing Trump's errors here. We've got one frame left before the mid-session interval, and Trump surely has to win it to have a realistic chance after the break.
JUDD TRUMP 4-6 NEIL ROBERTSON (9-66)
The black disappears with three reds to go, and Trump now needs snookers. Robertson? He's thinking about another century here. More importantly, he's going to be three frames ahead and just two more from victory.
JUDD TRUMP 4-6 NEIL ROBERTSON (9-36)
This is a big visit for Robertson. If he can punish another mistake from Trump he'll be three in front, against an opponent visibly struggling to get his game together this evening. On 30 Robertson plays into a cluster of reds between pink and black to leave himself one to the right middle, and then drops in the blue. The remaining six reds look perfectly set to go here, and he will only need three of them if he keeps taking high value colours.
JUDD TRUMP 4-6 NEIL ROBERTSON (9-1)
How big will that frame prove to be? There's more bad news for Trump at the start of the 11th frame. After Robertson breaks off he cracks a red to the bottom left, which rattles in the jaws and spits out across the table, nudging another red over the bottom right. Robertson sinks it, but in doing so makes a mess of getting on the black and misses a difficult cut on it to the bottom left. That leaves Trump in, but he can only deposit one red from which he fails to run through the pack and land on the pink. He plays safe, but his next shot is much better; he drills in a long red to land perfectly on the black. Just as Trump looks like he might get going, his break ends on eight when he rattles a red in and out of the jaws of the bottom left, and he's sat Robertson perfectly on a two-red plant to start.
JUDD TRUMP 4-6 NEIL ROBERTSON
The green goes down, and in potting the brown Robertson plays a brilliant cannon on the blue to nudge it out and leave it straight to the right middle. That's a fantastic shot, and he then dispatches blue, pink and black for a break of 75 that nicks the tenth frame right out of Trump's hands.
JUDD TRUMP 4-5 NEIL ROBERTSON (52-50)
On 22 Robertson plays for the red on the bottom cushion and drops it into the bottom right deadweight. He then takes the break up to 45, stunning off the pink to leave a slightly awkward last red to the green pocket. It's gun barrel straight and he strokes it in, followed by the yellow and then the yellow again to make his half century. The problem ball here will be the blue, which is near the left cushion in the top half of the table.
JUDD TRUMP 4-5 NEIL ROBERTSON (52-0)
A black to the bottom right brings up Trump's half century. He then snicks in a red along the rail into the same pocket, but then misses a black off its spot as he guides the white into the remaining pack of reds. Robertson walks up to the table, to see an easy starter and enough points on to get right back into this. If he can also plug the red near the bottom cushion, this could be a crucial steal at this stage of the match.
JUDD TRUMP 4-5 NEIL ROBERTSON (24-0)
After a brief safety exchange to start the tenth frame, Robertson throws the cue at a red down the right side of the table. It doesn't trouble the bottom right pocket, and sits up over the yellow pocket for Trump. He can't convert it with the rest however, and then Robertson misses another red into the bottom right to leave Trump an easy starter. He's got a nice spread here; Trump's best break today has been 59, can he register a confidence-boosting score here? His break is up to 24 so far.
JUDD TRUMP 4-5 NEIL ROBERTSON
This is light work for Robertson, who never has to move the cue ball more than a couple of feet with each shot to bring up his half century. He's now on frame ball red to the right middle, and he rolls it home followed by the blue. It's a clinical start from Robertson; he misses his next red, but that's the end of the argument in this frame and he's back in front.
JUDD TRUMP 4-4 NEIL ROBERTSON (4-30)
A long safety exchange in the bottom half of the table ends when Trump leaves Robertson straight on a red to the left middle, which soon goes into the heart of the pocket. The black is now free into both corner pockets and there's a lovely scattering of reds between the pink and black spot. This is a big chance for Robertson to sort this in one visit, and he's up to 20 already in this break.
JUDD TRUMP 4-4 NEIL ROBERTSON (4-10)
Robertson plays a deadweight safety to drop the white on the bottom cushion. He's left Trump a thin cut to the left middle though, which is duly tucked away. Trump then pots the green, but misses what for him is usually a straightforward mid-range red to the yellow pocket. That's left Robertson in, but there's work to do to fashion a sizeable score here as both pink and black are out of commission. He goes into the pack off two cushions after potting the blue, affecting a nice split, but then runs out of position when potting his next red and can only play safe, tucking the white up behind the black ball.
HERE WE GO!
MC Phil Seymour is uniting boys with baize, and we're almost ready to go. It's now best of nine for the Steve Davis Trophy, and Neil Robertson steps up to break-off in the ninth frame of this final.
WHO'S YOUR MONEY ON?
Trump is the world number one, and has been taking major titles back to his house like a homing pigeon in the last couple of years, but Robertson has probably been in more impressive form this week. Don't be surprised if we get to 8-8 and you pushing back your bedtime.
A QUICK RECAP
Trump raced into a 3-1 lead this afternoon, tactically outmanoeuvring his opponent before the interval, only to watch Robertson let his arm go when they returned and rattle off three frames in a row. Despite being out of sorts in the final frame, a stunning long red down the rail by Trump was the catalyst for him to nick a tense final frame and leave the match all square.
Welcome to live coverage of the evening session of the 2020 English Open from the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. It’s 4-4 between Judd Trump and Neil Robertson after an absorbing afternoon session. That’s rendered the denouement in tonight’s evening session a best of nine; brew up/pour a cold one and get comfy, because this should be great entertainment on a cold, autumnal Sunday night.
TRUMP AND ROBERTSON LOCKED AT 4-4 IN THE ENGLISH OPEN FINAL
What a fascinating afternoon of snooker that was. Trump completely outplayed Robertson before the interval to lead 3-1, only to run into a barrage of heavy scoring from his opponent to slip 4-3 behind when the players returned. Trump was visibly struggling in the eighth and final frame of the session before finding a stunning red down the rail to swing the momentum back in his favour. We're level at 4-4, and it has now become best of nine this evening for the Steve Davis Trophy. Join us again at 6.45pm for the build-up to the final session.
JUDD TRUMP 4-4 NEIL ROBERTSON
Robertson takes a red and black, and now tries to land a snooker that might extract a free ball and give him an outside chance at winning this frame. Trump soon gets a look at a long red to bottom left though, and drops it in deadweight. Robertson concedes, and we're all square going into the evening session.
JUDD TRUMP 3-4 NEIL ROBERTSON (60-7)
Trump loses position slightly on 24 when he finishes beneath a red near the black spot, but drives it in to scatter another group of reds into better positions and land on the black to middle. A mid-to-long range red followed by the blue takes him to 44, and then a cut on the frame ball red to bottom left leaves Robertson needing snookers. Trump makes 51 in total, and with only two reds left on the table Robertson requires three snookers to win.
JUDD TRUMP 3-4 NEIL ROBERTSON (9-7)
Where did that come from?! With no obvious safety on Trump throws his cue at a long cut down the left rail to the bottom left, and it goes right into the centre of the pocket. That was a stunning shot, born of frustration. The white doesn't land on a colour and Trump plays safe, tucking Robertson in behind the brown. Robertson gives up four trying to escape, and then hits a red to thick to leave Trump a red to the yellow pocket. If Trump can hold it together here, this is a great chance.
JUDD TRUMP 3-4 NEIL ROBERTSON (4-7)
Robertson gets a shocking kick on a red to the yellow pocket that leaves it in the jaws, Trump plugs it but his positional shot is poor again, overscrewing for the blue and leaving himself a long yellow, which he doesn't even rattle. He's really struggling here, and this frame his been error-strewn from both players so far. It feels big already; this one is going to sting whoever loses it.
JUDD TRUMP 3-4 NEIL ROBERTSON (3-7)
Trump has only scored 17 points since the interval, but can still go into the evening session level if he can blag the final frame this afternoon. Robertson drains the first red from distance, but lands the white tight to the left cushion and has to play safe off the green. From there Trump cuts in a beautiful thin red off the bottom of the pack into the bottom right, but a poor positional shot after potting the yellow leaves him without a pot on a red. He plays safe, and then Robertson leaves him a jab at a red to bottom left with the rest. That goes wrong for Trump too however, as he misses by a wide margin and leaves Robertson an easy red to the bottom right.
JUDD TRUMP 3-4 NEIL ROBERTSON
Trump, who is playing cold after being kept away from the table for so long, can only make 11 before missing a long red to the green pocket. That leaves Robertson a long red which he rattles into the bottom left, and he comes within millimetres of potting the pink when he cannons into it and sends it towards the bottom right. He's almost chucked this frame away twice. The 14 in total that he adds is enough to secure it though, and after being 3-1 down he now leads 4-3.
JUDD TRUMP 3-3 NEIL ROBERTSON (1-61)
A safety exchange ensues, which is useful for Trump as it takes Robertson out of his potting rhythm. The pink is hovering over the bottom right and a precarious safety from Robertson sends a red over the bottom left, which he just about covers as the white trickles behind the yellow. Trump improvises a beautiful shot to resolve a difficult situation however, firing a long cut on a red around the back of the red over the bottom right, which it kisses on its way into the pocket. That's a great shot, and Trump has a chance to steal a frame he looked nailed on to lose.
JUDD TRUMP 3-3 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-61)
Robertson brings up the half century; this has been a barrage in the last three frames. He even switches to right-handed to deep screw up for the blue, although he finishes underneath and has to force the white around the angles. He doesn't get into it enough, and snookers himself on his intended red with the blue in the way of the potting angle. That's end of break, and maybe a switch in momentum. Robertson plays safe back to baulk off another red, and Trump comes back to a table with 75 points still available.
JUDD TRUMP 3-3 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-35)
From Robertson's break-off, Trump goes on the attack. He drives a long red to the bottom right, trying to hold for the blue, but misses it by such a distance that the red goes back up the table, off the top cushion and sits up over the right middle for Robertson. He's in again, and quickly to 15. From high on the blue he plays into the pack of reds, getting an underwhelming split but still landing on one to the bottom right. He'll need to disturb them again, and in taking his break up to 35 he stuns into them again off the black and develops a nice cluster below the pink. Robertson is gathering some serious momentum here.
JUDD TRUMP 3-3 NEIL ROBERTSON
He got lucky earlier in the frame when his atrocious safety flicked the green and broke the reds open, leaving Trump a difficult red and nothing else, but this is superb from Robertson. He clears the table for a 128 to bring the match level.
JUDD TRUMP 3-3 NEIL ROBERTSON (5-70)
A brilliant shot on one red from Robertson clips the two awkward ones into potting positions and land the white plum on the black. He's fully in rhythm here, and has a great chance to make his tenth century of the 2020 English Open.
JUDD TRUMP 3-2 NEIL ROBERTSON (5-50)
Clean, precise work around the black and blue spots from Robertson secures another half century. He's got the white on a string here, and the three remaining open reds of the five left will be enough to bring the scores level.
JUDD TRUMP 3-2 NEIL ROBERTSON (5-13)
Trump misses a long red to the bottom right. It jaws back out and leaves Robertson a mid-range pot on the same ball to the same pocket, which he strokes in. Pink, red and blue soon follow, and off the latter the white explodes into the pack and affects a lovely split on the reds. He'll need to be precise here as the black won't go into the bottom left, but he has the blue to play up for when needed; this is a good chance for Robertson.
JUDD TRUMP 3-2 NEIL ROBERTSON (5-0)
A shocker from Robertson here, as he tries to play down to the reds from baulk and inexplicably catches the green first, sending the white careering into the pack of reds. Amazingly, he's only left Trump a difficult pot on a red which requires bridging over the pack. Both players are chuckling here, Robertson out of embarrassment and Trump at the though of asking the balls to be put back. He prods home the red that's on but there's no way he can get on a colour so he plays safe back to baulk off the yellow instead.
JUDD TRUMP 3-2 NEIL ROBERTSON
Oh, there he is! The Robertson that scored so heavily against Robbie Williams and Mark Selby has arrived in the final. He doesn't make the century, but takes the fifth frame in one visit with 75.
JUDD TRUMP 3-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (1-50)
A good pot on a red by Robertson sends the break to 37 and develops a few more reds. It's also left a long blue to the yellow pocket, which he jabs into the heart of the pocket and he's now back in perfect position. He soon brings up the half century, and will surely pick off two more reds to secure the frame here.
JUDD TRUMP 3-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (1-23)
We're back underway in Milton Keynes. Trump had the better of the first mini-session, can Robertson, who has been scoring heavily in the last few days, get his break-building going now we're back from the interval? He breaks, only to see Trump hose down a stunning long red to the bottom right. The white was welded to the bottom cushion there, what a shot. He doesn't land conveniently on a baulk colour though and plays safe, then misses a long red to the bottom left to leave Robertson a long one into the bottom right. The red disappears, and Robertson could do with making a sizeable break here. He's up to 23 already, with the black available into both corners and plenty of reds in open play. Now then Neil...
JUDD TRUMP 3-1 NEIL ROBERTSON
That's the mid-session interval, the players will return in 15 minutes as shall I. This hasn't quite got going yet but it's fascinatingly poised.
JUDD TRUMP 3-1 NEIL ROBERTSON
Both Robertson and Trump miss outlandish attempts at red to middle, before Trump lands Robertson in behind the black for a full ball snooker on both reds. Robertson gives up four trying a deadweight escape, and leaves Trump a short red to the right middle. That goes, and Trump clears up to the green to take a two frame lead.
JUDD TRUMP 2-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (50-26)
A very poor safety from Trump leaves Robertson a short red down the rail into the green pocket. He makes it, and then tucks the white in behind the pink, which is currently on the yellow spot. The two remaining reds are stuck together near the pink spot, so if Trump hits them, they could go anywhere.With his first attempt at escaping Trump misses completely, and then catches the black on his second. He tags them on his third though, and lands the white on the bottom cushion behind the black. That's a touch, because Robertson has no pot on here.Another good snooker from Robertson though forces a hit and hope safety from Trump, and again he's left nothing easy.
JUDD TRUMP 2-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (50-14)
It's gone wrong for Trump here as he tries to pot the yellow and hold for a red to the bottom right. He's too close to it, and after jabbing it in with the rest almost goes in-off into the bottom left, leaving the white stuck in the jaws. Trump plays safe back to baulk instead; there's still 51 on here, so Robertson has a chance if he can get the next red down.
JUDD TRUMP 2-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (47-14)
Trump, close to the bottom cushion, picks out a superb cut on a red to the right middle and lands perfectly on the black. He played that in such a way that it was effectively a shot to nothing. This is a frame-winning chance now. He quickly adds 24 and will only need three of the remaining four reds for the frame.
JUDD TRUMP 2-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (23-14)
It's end of break for Robertson on 14, as he pots the black, stuns into the pack and sticks on a red, leaving him no pot to play for. Robertson plays safe with a short nudge into another red. He'll be annoyed at that, as a good split there could have meant 2-2.
JUDD TRUMP 2-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (23-1)
Trump breaks, and leaves Robertson a shot to nothing on a red to the bottom left. Robertson can't force it into the pocket though, and sticks it up over the left middle to gist Trump an easy starter. He's quickly up to 18 as a nice, right-handed red into the bottom left with deep screw nudges a few more reds out of the pack. On 23 though he gets a terrible kick on a red to the bottom right and that sends the pot offline. That's a huge slice of luck for Robertson, who snicks the offending red into the bottom right and now has a chance to strike back.
JUDD TRUMP 2-1 NEIL ROBERTSON
Trump brings up the half century with a frame ball pink to leave Trump needing snookers, and a total of 59 puts him back in front.
JUDD TRUMP 1-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (55-0)
It's not long before Trump is back in, stunning a red into the bottom left before a fortuitous kiss leaves him on a deadweight blue to middle. He's in perfect position now, picking off reds between the pink and black spots and playing off the black which is free to both corner pockets. He takes his break to 38 and the winning line in this frame is approaching.
JUDD TRUMP 1-1 NEIL ROBERTSON (17-0)
Robertson tries a long red to the bottom left, which doesn't go close and the white then chases into the same pocket to gift four points to Trump. With his hand on the table, Trump drills in a long red to the same pocket, clipping the pack as he does so and pulling the white up before the baulk line to land on the green. The break goes to 17, but in attempting to split the pack of reds when potting another Trump has failed to land on the pink when a more delicate shot would have ensured position on the black. That's end of break as Trump plays safe off the green.
JUDD TRUMP 1-1 NEIL ROBERTSON
A further 38 from Robertson wins the frame and we're all square.
JUDD TRUMP 1-0 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-42)
Trump rests onto a cluster of three reds near the pink when playing safe, in the knowledge that he'd leave a red on to the green pocket. In steps Robertson to serenely stroke it home, stopping the white dead to land on the blue. That's an excellent shot, as he knew he'd be leaving Trump in had he missed. He adds a further 20 and then sinks a difficult red into the left middle. That was frame ball, and Trump now requires snookers.
JUDD TRUMP 1-0 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-42)
Robertson finishes the wrong side of the blue, and in trying to go in and out of baulk after driving it into the left middle he catches the brown and it leaves the white tight on the left hand rail in the bottom half of the table. That's the end of a break that was very hard work, and he plays the white safe to the baulk area.
JUDD TRUMP 1-0 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-36)
A brilliant shot to nothing from Robertson snicks a red off the bottom of the pack into the bottom right, and he lands the white in baulk with a straight brown to the right middle. he quickly cobbles together 23 using the blue as his colour, before coming down to play a red above the black and nudge another out of the way to free the black into both corners. The cannon doesn't quite come off though, and he's forced to play pink to right middle instead. Robertson's break moves to 30, and he'll need to develop some reds...which he does after stunning into the pack off the blue.
JUDD TRUMP 1-0 NEIL ROBERTSON
A 23 break in total for Trump secures him the first frame of the afternoon.
JUDD TRUMP 0-0 NEIL ROBERTSON (61-10)
A sloppy safety from Robertson fails to leave the white tight to the bottom cushion, and Trump has a straight red on to the left middle. He makes it, followed, by black, red, pink and then another red to leave Robertson needing snookers.
JUDD TRUMP 0-0 NEIL ROBERTSON (45-10)
A prolonged safety battle on the last six reds ends when Trump tags a loose one into the right middle. He then wallops the brown to the right middle, but hits the yellow on his way out of baulk and can't land on one of two reds to right middle. Had he done so, that was surely the frame. Robertson's still in this, as the two return to a safety exchange.
JUDD TRUMP 0-0 NEIL ROBERTSON (40-10)
The break goes to 40 but an underhit positional shot on the green leaves Trump high on a red above the black spot. He tries to cut it into the bottom left but jaws it, and Robertson returns to the table. A red has squirmed over the bottom right, but Robertson can't see it from behind the yellow. He improvises and tries to thump another red down the right rail to clip it in, but the reds don't connect accordingly and scatter wildly around the table. Robertson's got away with it though, as he's left Trump nothing.
JUDD TRUMP 0-0 NEIL ROBERTSON (24-10)
Trump negotiates a couple of difficult shots early in his break. The first is a red with the rest into the bottom left; that goes in but leaves him in no man's land, but he pulls out a superb recovery pot on the brown to green pocket while bridging awkwardly over the pack of reds. That shot gets the break back under control, and he's up to 24 with plenty available here.
JUDD TRUMP 0-0 NEIL ROBERTSON (0-10)
The first chance goes to Trump, with a cut on a red to the bottom right from off the bottom cushion. He overcuts it though, and leaves Robertson an easy red to the left middle. Robertson quickly gets into double figures, but he's miscalculates position here as he could have played on a red near the black that what have cleared the latter into both pockets, but ignored it. He then overcuts a more difficult red to the bottom left and misses it, and he's left Trump in.
JUDD TRUMP 0-0 NEIL ROBERTSON
Robertson breaks and we're underway. We'll have eight frames in this session, with the mid-session interval after the first four.
Our MC Phil Seymour is announcing the players into the Marshall Arena. Here we go then; two of the world’s top three, the two best left-handers in the game, in a best of 17 for the Steve Davis Trophy.
When he’s been given the chance to let his arm go, Neil Robertson has been in merciless form this week. In the 11 frames he won in his quarter and semi-finals he’s had breaks of 87, 140, 100, 133, 134, 129 and 92. Zoiks, as Shaggy once opined. Trump might be the world number one, but Robertson is probably playing more fluidly right now. Flip a coin on this one, we should be in for a cracker.
Earlier in the week Trump was struggling and playing patchy snooker. In each of the first three rounds in Milton Keynes, against Louis Heathcote, Yuan SiJun and Michael Holt, he went 3-1 behind and had to rattle of three consecutive frames to win the match. As the competition got tougher, Trump got better; he has since beaten great rival Kyren Wilson and Higgins yesterday to get to the final. If he wins today it’ll be his 18th ranking event title, and will put him sixth on the all-time list alongside Robertson and Mark Selby.
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It’s been a week of great entertainment so far in the English Open, topped off by two Homeric struggles in the semi-finals yesterday. Neil Robertson just about edged past Mark Selby in a final frame decider in the afternoon, and world number one Trump came from behind to eke out three frames in a row and beat a resurgent John Higgins 6-4 in the evening. Another couple of dollops of that standard today will leave us richly indulged.
Welcome to live coverage of the final of the English Open at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. The second ranking event of the 2020/21 season will be settled today, as Judd Trump takes on Neil Robertson in a best of 17 for the title. Your afternoon session will get going at 1pm, and we’ll return for the denouement at 7pm tonight.
Join Mike Gibbons from 12.45 for what is a mouth-watering final. It's the world number one versus the world number three - Judd Trump will take on Neil Robertson for the English Open title.
JUDD TRUMP IS THROUGH TO THE ENGLISH OPEN FINAL
That was a good performance from Trump. In his post-match interview he says he thought he was outplayed, but from 4-3 behind it was matchplay snooker rather than naughty snooker that reeled off three frames in a row to secure the victory. He really is such a complete player now, and that slow assertion of authority at the business end of the match has put him into the final.
NEIL ROBERTSON REACHES THE FINAL OF THE ENGLISH OPEN
He was never behind in the match, but it still took a deciding frame for Robertson to eventually see off the defending champion Mark Selby and advance to the final tomorrow. That was an epic struggle between two class players, but as with his quarter-final Robertson's heavy scoring tilted the match in his favour. Frame-winning visits of 134, 129 and 92 were central to his victory, and Selby will curse the fortune of Robertson getting a crucial fluke off the knuckle of the right middle and leaving Selby nothing after careering into the reds after missing a pot in the final frame. Those are the margins at the top level.
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