Robertson praises beaten Gilbert
Former world champion Neil Robertson booked his quarter-final place at the World Championship with a 13-9 win over David Gilbert.
The qualifier from Tamworth had started the brighter, going 3-1 up, but the Australian left-hander surged ahead with two century breaks and further knocks of 77, 82 and 92 to go 5-3 ahead after the opening session - a position he never surrendered.
Gilbert showed great composure on only his second appearance at The Crucible to stay in the contest, including a superb break of 121, but Robertson was ultimately too strong, needing only three frames in the final session to make it through to the last eight.
The 2010 champion was delighted with his own performance but praised that of his opponent, ranked 68th in the world.
"He played like a top-16 player. He hung in there. I was 10-5 up and with the way I was playing even top-16 players probably would have crumbled and I would have run away with it," Robertson said.
"But I can't speak highly enough of how he played and I think he should be proud of his performance."