Neil Robertson won the match of the day at the Gdynia Open yesterday, recovering from 3-1 down to beat Jamie Jones 4-3.
It was a reminder of why the top players are the top players. It’s nothing to do with ‘the system’ but the fact that they so frequently produce their best snooker when they have to.
The key to Robertson’s success is not only his ability but his personality. He’s not a moaner. His glass isn’t half empty, in fact it’s not half full: it’s full to the brim. He always accentuates the positive and reaps the rewards from this mindset.
He won in Poland last year, surviving four successive deciding frame finishes before capturing the PTC in Warsaw.
Robertson now plays Martin Gould, already a PTC winner this season.
His good friend Joe Perry seems to be going through a purple patch. Fresh from his quarter-final appearance at the Shanghai Masters, Perry yesterday defeated Mark Davis 4-1 and now faces Stephen Maguire.
Rod Lawler has proved that it’s never too late to win a professional title. Perry is certainly good enough, it’s just that so many other players are also good enough.
Jimmy White’s match with Dave Harold was not a classic but White's supporters will be cheered by his progress. He now faces Liang Wenbo, whose own form was hard to discern because his opponent, Andy Hicks, struggled about as badly as it is possible to struggle.
The final match of the last 32 kicks off this morning with John Higgins, who played so well in Shanghai, facing Ding Junhui, a player whose performances are becoming increasingly hard to predict.
Ticket sales for the weekend are said to be very strong in this latest outpost to embrace snooker.