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Snooker: Robertson recovers to level UK final

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Australia's Neil Robertson fought back from 5-1 down to level the UK Championship final against defending champion Mark Selby at 6-6 in York, northern England, on Sunday.

Selby raced into a 5-1 lead before Robertson, the 2010 world champion, won the final two frames of the first session to trail 5-3.

And Robertson continued his recovery in the second and concluding session of the best of 19-frame final on Sunday to square the match.

Selby, who on Saturday made professional tournament snooker's 100th maximum break of 147 in winning his semi-final against Ricky Walden, carried on from where he left off with a first-frame break of 130.

After the Englishman's superb start, world number one Robertson levelled at 1-1 with a break of 63 before contributions of 49, 39 and 35 saw the champion go out in front.

But Robertson hit back with a break of 54 before an excellently compiled 123 in the final frame of the session reduced Selby's lead to a mere two frames.

Selby took the first frame of the evening session but breaks of 32 and 56 kept Robertson in touch.

The 11th frame saw Robertson make a fine break of 122 and he then topped that with a break of 132.

His three centuries for the match thus far took his tally for the season to 58, three shy of Judd Trump's all-time record of 61 set last term.

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