The standard was exceptional and the six centuries made between Selby and Robertson equalled the record for a best of 11, set by Robertson and Judd Trump in the 2016 Masters. Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty agreed it was the best 11-frame match they had ever witnessed.
“It was a brilliant match to be a part of,” said Robertson. “I think both of us really enjoyed being out there, playing like that and I think we both brought the best out of each other. I can’t really think of anything I missed and the centuries Mark was making were off really good long pots or fantastic safety shots to create chances.
Mark Allen stunned Judd Trump with an emphatic 6-1 semi-final victory to advance to the Champion of Champions final, where he’ll meet Neil Robertson on Sunday, at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.
“I’m very, very happy,” said Allen. “It was a completely different performance from the O’Sullivan match but it had to be, because I’m not going to out-pot Judd over distance. I had to make sure I kept it tight and make it really tough for him. He is World No.1 by a mile so I knew I had to do something different to beat him.
Allen will meet Robertson in a repeat of the 2015 final over 19 frames on Sunday.