Masters snooker: Stephen Maguire beats world No 1 Neil Robertson 6-2 to reach semi-finals

Last Updated: 17/01/14 11:15pm

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Stephen Maguire: Ran out a comfortable winner against Neil Robertson

Stephen Maguire: Ran out a comfortable winner against Neil Robertson

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Stephen Maguire produced a fine display to knock out world No 1 Neil Robertson 6-2 and reach the Masters semi-finals at Alexandra Palace.

The Scotsman raced into a 3-0 lead before reigning UK Open Champion Robertson pulled two frames back.

However, Maguire took the next three in a row to complete a handsome victory and set up a showdown against crowd favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Maguire was not fancied to topple the Australian, but his long potting was faultless and Robertson was never able to get a foothold in the game.

Even when he had a chance to keep the match alive in the eighth frame, Robertson's form was summed up when he went in-off after making a regulation pot.

Saturday's other semi-final is an all-English clash between former world champion Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby.

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