Neil Robertson again proved last night that he is, right now, the best player on the planet.
He blew Ding Junhui away 6-0 in the partycasino.com Premier League and was good value for that result.
His opponent did help him – Ding was all over the place – but Robertson announced his intent from the very start by banging in a 120 in the opening frame and never looked back.
He has now shed all of the rawness of his early years and plays instead in a controlled, measured way. He is much better at keeping hold of the cue ball and has allied his natural confidence to a game that is becoming increasingly difficult to beat.
Robertson is, in a number of ways, a perfect world champion for snooker. He’s young, engaging, has a certain exotic quality being Australian and comes across well in interviews. I’ve never found him to be anything other than friendly, honest and willing to talk to the media.
Earlier this week he weighed into the ongoing debate about whether the World Championship should be shortened, saying he could see a case for it.
I don’t particularly agree with him but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, he expresses his opinions articulately and without any underlying agenda.
Robertson should be used more to promote the game. He should be the one at launches and press conferences.
What better role model could there be than a young family man who has made considerable personal sacrifices to further his career and has now reached the top as a result?
Robertson has undertaken much media work in Australia but he needs to be pushed to the fore in the UK too.
If the game has a world champion it can be proud of it needs to constantly remind the wider world of who he is.