Neil Robertson reveals Mark Williams’ message after epic Masters battle

Neil Robertson and Mark Williams played a Masters classic (Photo: Zhai Zheng)

Neil Robertson says Mark Williams offered him nice words that many other players wouldn’t have after the epic 6-5 win over the Welshman in the Masters semi-final on Saturday.

Williams led 4-1 and 5-3, then left Robertson needing two snookers in the deciding frame, but the Down Under Thunder gave up that position for the stunning win.

The 46-year-old was lucky enough to be the oldest Masters runner-up since Ray Reardon in 1983 and would have had the opportunity to become the oldest Masters winner, but the Aussie snatched victory from him .

Despite what felt like the most painful loss, Robertson says Williams immediately offered him some kind words, which many others would not have found in the situation.

“He was clearly disgusted but he just said, ‘Amazing game and all the best for the final. He was fantastic in the loss, that’s tough, that is,” Robertson said.

“A lot of players would just shake your hand and walk off into the wild, which is also understandable. So for him to say those beautiful words was really nice.

Williams is renowned for his steadfastness in defeat, rarely bothered by a defeat, and even in this most brutal scenario he remained unagitated.

“A great match to be in, the atmosphere was great again and unfortunately I just lost,” he said. “I just lost a snooker match when it looked like I should have won it, I have no complaints.”

Speaking immediately after the win, an emotional Robertson sent a message to all the kids watching to never give up, no matter how grim the situation may seem.

“Never give up,” Robertson said. “Never give up, all the kids watching this, anyone, no matter what it looks like.

Neil Robertson

Robertson was understandably emotional after the win (Photo: Zhai Zheng)

“It’s so special that we’re both in front of the decision maker there, everybody standing, standing ovation. To have a match end like that, you’ll probably never see something like that in the sport again. It will take a few hours to get going.

He added at the post-match press conference: “It wasn’t really tears. The whole match was fantastic, there was everything. If you wanted to script a semi-final here at the Masters, that’s exactly how you’d want it to go.

“I’ve been in the game for a long time, Mark too, and I think we could both say we’ve never experienced anything like this as a player or someone watching, it was amazing.”

Robertson will face either Judd Trump or Barry Hawkins in the final on Sunday.

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