Defending champion Neil Robertson has described a shot against Mark Allen at the Masters as "probably the best" one he's ever played.
Robertson traded blows all afternoon with Allen in a classic before the defending champion compiled an immaculate 105 to complete a terrific 6-5 win after a memorable quarter-final at Alexandra Palace.
Robertson came to the table in all sorts of trouble early in the final frame after Allen had left his opponent snookered and apparently poised for defeat before an expectant crowd at the London venue.
But 2010 world champion Robertson - who ousted Ding Junhui 6-5 by winning the final three frames in the first round - managed to escape from the snooker behind the yellow to go up and down the table and hole the red that Allen had left over a top pocket.
Robertson was fortunate in landing on the black, but there was nothing lucky about the 105, his third century of the match, that secured a meeting with John Higgins or Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals.
"In terms of judgement and under the circumstances, it was definitely one of the best shots I've ever played..probably the best," said Robertson.
"Obviously, there is an element of luck in potting it so cleanly to end up on the black, but I had to give myself every chance to end up on the black. I could have played it at pace and misjudged it..and opened up all the reds.
"It is lucky, but not a fluke. It was kind of like reading a horrible putt in golf that goes in.
"I felt sorry for Mark to go out of the tournament without doing anything wrong."
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