World Snooker Championship: Ali Carter ready to 'swagger'

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at The Crucible
Ali Carter
Ali Carter was World Championship runner-up in 2008 and 2012
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Ali Carter says he can match Neil Robertson's "swagger" when they get their World Championship second-round match under way on Saturday afternoon.

Robertson, the 2010 winner and world number number four, is confident about his Crucible chances and impressed during a crushing 10-2 first-round win over Welsh qualifier Jamie Jones.

"When I am playing well I can swagger around the table as well," Carter said.

"I'm looking forward to swaggering and no doubt so is he."

Australian Robertson hit three tons and three half-centuries in beating Jones, including the highest break of the tournament so far - a 143.

But two-time runner-up Carter, 35, looked in good form during a slick 10-5 win over Scotland's Alan McManus in his first-round match.

The Chelmsford man, whose world ranking was protected while he twice fought cancer, told BBC Sport: "It's obviously a tough match but it's tough for him as well.

"I am looking forward to getting out there and playing. I am in a good place.

"Neil is is a great competitor and I am looking forward to sharing some Crucible time with him.

"I know my way around Sheffield, I have played in every round, and I have won matches in every round - apart from the final.

"I have made the a max here and I have pretty much been there, nearly done it and got the T-shirt. And wouldn't it be nice if this was my year?"

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