Mark Davis is through to the semi-finals of snooker’s Australian Goldfields Open.
The St Leonards cueman won 5-4 in a high quality quarter-final against Stuart Bingham today (Friday) to set up a last four showdown against home favourite Neil Robertson tomorrow from 10am BST.
World number 17 Davis and 11th-ranked Bingham produced no less than 10 breaks of 50 or more in the nine frames at Bendigo Stadium - and there was never more than one frame between them.
Bingham, who won this title in 2011, compiled runs of 60, 67, 66 and 56, while Davis knocked in 58, 66, 96, 61 and, from 4-3 down, 53 and 50 to win the last two frames.
Davis, who now has the chance to reach the final of a ranking event for the first time, told worldsnooker.com: “The standard was good, there were only a few balls missed.
“In the last frame I left him a long red which he had to go for - if he had potted it he probably would have won. But he missed and left me perfect. So it was all on that shot really, even though I still had to make sure I took the balls to win.
“It doesn’t get any tougher than playing Neil in Australia, he is the man to beat and has been for a while. I’m playing well and I’ll enjoy it. I’ve beaten Neil a few times and if I can do it again, I will fancy winning the tournament.”
Although Robertson is the world number two and won the Wuxi Classic in China last weekend, Davis boasts a good recent record against the Australian break-building machine.
Davis beat Robertson in the final of the Six-Reds World Championship and General Cup last September, and was a 5-1 winner when they met in round two of the Australian Goldfields Open two years ago.
It’s the fourth time that the 41-year-old Davis - who beat Dominic Dale 5-3 in round one and Shaun Murphy by the same score in round two - has reached a full ranking event semi-final. The other last four tie, incidentally, is between Judd Trump and Xiao Guodong.