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Beaten Robertson has no regrets



Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson refused to blame a Christmas trip to Norway for being rumbled by Yan Bingtao in the first round of The Masters.

The 2012 champion caved in to the 20-year-old Chinese after leading at 3-1 and 5-3, falling at the first hurdle in the Triple Crown event for the second successive year.

Robertson, who took Norwegian wife Mille and his children to celebrate Christmas in her homeland, harboured no regrets after the 6-5 loss in Milton Keynes.

"I didn't play great and I think that's to be expected with a few weeks off," said the Australian.

"I didn't have the opportunity to play over Christmas having gone to Norway. I was fully prepared not to play well and come in undercooked, and I'm fine with that.

"If I'd got through the first round, I could have had a couple of days of practice and got myself sharp. But win or lose, I was comfortable with that decision."

Mark Allen, the 2018 champion, makes his bow in the first round tonight, a mouth-watering meeting with two-time winner John Higgins.

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Belfast Telegraph