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O'Sullivan fights back at Crucible
Ronnie O'Sullivan came from behind to carry a two-frame lead into the crunch final session of his Betfred.com World Championship quarter-final against Neil Robertson.
Trailing 5-3 overnight, O'Sullivan went on a six-frame burst to lead 9-5 before Robertson gave himself a chance for when they return at 7pm by taking the final two of the afternoon.
The winner needs 13 to set up a semi-final starting on Thursday against Matthew Stevens, a 13-5 winner over Ryan Day on Wednesday morning.
Robertson would have known O'Sullivan was well capable of turning their match around, given the way the three-time champion played in the middle session of his second-round match against Mark Williams.
But being aware of O'Sullivan's threat is one thing and being able to stop him entirely another, so by the interval Robertson had seen his opponent fire in breaks of 44, 47, 97, 62 and 42 to nudge into a two-frame lead.
He looked sure to make a century in the second frame of the afternoon but fell three points short, seeming to refuse the chance of a ton after failing to make a kiss in the way he wanted. Rather than play a double, O'Sullivan nudged the white off a red and into the middle pocket.
The lead was extended to four frames as O'Sullivan, without being quite at his best, punched in enough small breaks to plunge Robertson further into trouble.
The Australian, world champion two years ago, desperately needed to take the final two frames and finally halted O'Sullivan's run before ending the session with a morale-boosting break of 63, his previous highest of the session having been a mere 29.
Ali Carter, the 2008 runner-up, returns on Wednesday night with a 9-7 lead over qualifier and Crucible debutant Jamie Jones, who fired back-to-back centuries during their morning session.