Neil Robertson is through to the Players Championship final after a 6-1 defeat of Jimmy Robertson on Saturday in Wolverhampton.
Both players struggled with the conditions of the table, which led to a mostly scrappy encounter in which sizable contributions were at a premium.
Robertson will face Barry Hawkins in the final on Sunday, just a few short weeks after the two players clashed at the same stage of the prestigious Masters in London.
“I’m pleased to negotiate a tough course to negotiate,” Australia’s Robertson told the World Snooker Tour after his semi-final victory.
“Jimmy obviously had a great win against John (Higgins) and would have been expecting to play a similar kind of level.”
“We were both kind of thrown off by how the way the table was playing tonight – especially off the cushions, it was really tough.
“It made break-building and adjusting to that really tough, and maybe my experience in those kinds of situations was the difference. In the bigger moments I potted the bigger balls when it really mattered.
“It’s fantastic to see Barry back into another final. He’s going to be really motivated to win, he’s a great player, our matches are always played in a great spirit.
“Even after the Masters final, we both had a great time at the after-party. When you play people like Barry, you just play the match and whoever the better player on the day is wins.
“Coming here I was just hoping to win a match really, because I only had a few days to prepare and I wasn’t feeling very well at all.
“To get to the final is a massive bonus. It puts me in a much better position to get to the Tour Championship to actually have an opportunity to defend it.”
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