Mark Williams unfazed by brutal Neil Robertson defeat: ‘Do I look like I’m bothered?’

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Mark Williams

Mark Williams was laid back as ever after the dramatic defeat to Neil Robertson (Picture: Zhai Zheng)

Mark Williams is adorned with feathers that are seemingly impossible to ruffle, insisting that he was not bothered after a brutal deciding frame defeat to Neil Robertson in the semi-finals of the Masters.

Williams had led 4-1 and 5-3, then had Robertson requiring two snookers in the final frame, but the Australian battled back to get over the line to win 6-5 on the deciding black in the most dramatic of fashions.

It was an incredible match, but it would have left almost any other snooker player in an emotional mess after coming out on the losing end, not Williams though, who is simply looking forward to an earlier round of golf than he had planned.

Asked if this could be classed as one of the rare defeats that hurt him, Williams said: ‘No. Do I look like I’m bothered about losing? That’s exactly how I am. No problem.

‘I’ll be playing golf tomorrow morning instead of Monday morning. I’d have preferred to play golf Monday morning but I’ve only lost a snooker match.

Mark Williams

Williams was in control but Robertson pinched victory from him at the death (Picture: Zhai Zheng)

‘My friends will be sick because they’d have probably liked to stay up and watch me. They might not speak to me on the way home, but no, I’m not sick at all. Nothing like that bothers me.’

The 46-year-old had a good chance to win 6-3 when he was in amongst the balls in the ninth frame, but missed a black off the spot, which he admits was the only time that nerves got to him.

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‘I twitched the black to win 6-3, I hold my hands up to that,’ Williams said. ‘I suppose it came back to bite me, but I’ve got no problems.

‘Great game, great atmosphere, what more can you ask for?’

It has been a superb tournament for the three-time world champion, even with the narrow miss in the semi, having downed defending champion Yan Bingtao in the first round and then old rival John Higgins in an incredible match in the quarters.

The Welsh Potting Machine has loved the atmosphere at Alexandra Palace and can’t wait to get out in front of a big crowd again.

‘I think any tournament with the crowds in is one to remember because it’s been a long time since experiencing crowds like that,’ he said. ‘Hopefully I can get some more of them.’

Robertson goes on to face either Judd Trump or Barry Hawkins in Sunday’s final.

As for Williams, he said of his next plans: ‘Shoot Out next. Great ranking tournament after coming from this one. I’ll look forward to that, it’s a cracker. What a come down!’

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