UK Championship 2014: Neil Robertson loses to Graeme Dott

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
UK Snooker Championship: Graeme Dott knocks out Neil Robertson
2014 UK Championship, York Barbican
Dates: 25 November - 7 December
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, Two, Red Button, online, mobiles and BBC Sport app

Graeme Dott stunned defending champion Neil Robertson with a superb 6-5 victory in the last 16 of the UK Championship in York.

Dott surged into a 5-0 lead with some sublime attacking play before Robertson pulled level, but the Scot took the final frame to win.

John Higgins suffered a surprise 6-5 defeat by fellow Scot Anthony McGill.

McGill led 5-3 before Higgins forced a decider with a century, but the 23-year-old held his nerve to advance.

After beating Nigel Bond 6-5 in a marathon encounter which lasted five hours and 34 minutes, world number 38 McGill said it was "Christmas come early" to face an "absolute icon" such as Higgins.

BBC Sport pundit Stephen Hendry on Higgins
"I found you need to string a few results together. John played well against Matthew Stevens in the previous round, but it is about finding that form. It makes it harder when you are used to winning and it will be frustrating."

McGill went 4-1 and 5-3 ahead, but missed chances and poor shot selection allowed Higgins - a three-time champion - to level the contest with a 129 clearance.

Both players had opportunities in a tense final frame, but McGill prevailed to earn a place in the quarter-finals.

Dott's best run in the tournament is a semi-final appearance in 2006 - the year he won the World Championship - and he was in inspired form early on.

He left Robertson reeling with his onslaught, going 4-0 ahead at the mid-session interval.

A missed green from the Australian allowed Dott, who at this stage had racked up 12 consecutive frames following his victories over Anthony Hamilton and Robert Milkins, to take another.

But Robertson had other ideas and two centuries and a 79 helped him level at 5-5.

An anxious final frame saw both miss chances, but it was a relieved Dott who eventually emerged victorious in a memorable encounter.

Youngster James Cahill, who recorded a brilliant 6-5 win over Ding Junhui in the previous round, was unable to repeat his heroics against Mark Davis, who triumphed 6-2.

Stuart Bingham also reached the last eight by trouncing Ricky Walden 6-0.

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