• Champion of Champions

O'Sullivan beats Robertson to set up Bingham final

ESPN staff
November 23, 2013
Ronnie O'Sullivan secured victory with a marvellous break of 119 © PA Photos

Ronnie O'Sullivan overcame world No. 1 Neil Robertson with a thrilling 6-5 victory to reach the Champion of Champions final.

O'Sullivan made breaks of 56 and 52 but neither player could take the advantage in the opening four frames, before Robertson edged ahead by taking the fifth to lead 3-2.

However, O'Sullivan responded with three consecutive frames and breaks of 54, 70 and 103 to move within one frame of the final, but Robertson hit back with and 80 and crucial 125 to send the match into a decider.

The 'Rocket' stepped up and secured victory with a marvellous 11th-frame visit of 119 to book his place in Sunday's final, where he will face Stuart Bingham.

Earlier on Saturday, Bingham overcame Mark Selby 6-4 in their semi-final. Bingham took the opening frame with a 74 break before pulling 3-1 ahead shortly after with a visit of 73. Selby hit back with three successive frames, culminating with his highest break of 73, but Bingham ultimately proved too strong.

The Champion of Champions pits together the top 16 players in the world, who are split into four groups based on their world rankings. Each group features two semi-finals then a final, with each of the four winners of the finals going through to the semi-finals of the tournament proper.

Champion of Champions results and fixtures

Group One
Game 1: Ronnie O'Sullivan (1) 4-0 Mark Davis (16)
Game 2: Ding Junhui (8) 4-2 Barry Hawkins (9)
Final: Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 Ding Junhui

Group Two
Game 1: Mark Selby (2) 4-2 Shaun Murphy (16)
Game 2: John Higgins (7) 3-4 Stephen Maguire (10)
Final: Mark Selby 6-3 Stephen Maguire

Group Three
Game 1: Judd Trump (3) 4-1 Marco Fu (14)
Game 2: Ricky Walden (6) 0-4 Stuart Bingham (11)
Final: Judd Trump 6-2 Stuart Bingham

Group Four
Game 1: Neil Robertson (4) 4-3 Martin Gould (13)
Game 2: Mark Allen (5) 3-4 Ali Carter (12)
Final: Neil Robertson 6-5 Ali Carter

Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 Neil Robertson
Mark Selby 4-6 Stuart Bingham
Ties to be played on November 23

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stuart Bingham
Final to be played on November 24

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