Robertson crushes Maguire in York

Robertson will play John Higgins or Jamie Burnett in the quarter-finals
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Venue: York Barbican Dates: 24 November-6 December
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World number 3 Neil Robertson scored 3 centuries as he routed Stephen Maguire six-1 to secure his location in the UK Championship quarter-finals.

The 2013 winner added two fifty-plus breaks as he won six frames in a row to crush the globe number 15 in York.

Scotland’s Maguire scored a brilliant ton in the opening frame, but barely had a appear-in following that.

“He was great. If he plays like that then he wins the tournament,” Maguire told BBC Sport.

“That was a lesson. If I go back in time I couldn’t truly doing something about it. But he can not keep that up, it really is not possible. He was potting almost everything.”

Maguire’s opening-frame 118 was followed by breaks of 124, 76 and 101 by Cambridge-based Australian Robertson as he established a three-1 interval lead.

The Scot, UK champion in 2004, was then incredibly unfortunate to go in off when on course to win the fifth frame.

And Robertson took complete advantage, winning that vital frame and closing out victory with a break of 113.

Robertson, who had 97% pot good results, said: “That was the greatest I have played all season, with no a doubt. I played fantastic but I knew I had to.

“I have to preserve my concentrate and keep my foot down.

“He looked in truly good nick in that initial frame and did not truly have a chance up till three-1 when he was unfortunate to go in off the yellow.

“That was the only apparent error he created – even although it was extremely unlucky.”

Robertson plays the winner of Thursday night’s all-Scotland last-16 meeting in between 3-time champion John Higgins and Jamie Burnett.

China’s Liang Wenbo joined Robertson in the last eight, beating Englishman Tom Ford six-five in a tense final-frame match that lasted more than four hours.