Robertson takes 5-3 lead over Murphy in second round

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Betfred World Snooker Championship
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 20 April-6 May
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In-form Neil Robertson built a 5-3 lead against fellow former champion Shaun Murphy in the opening last-16 tie at this year’s World Championship.

World number four Robertson took the opener with a 106 break and led 3-0.

Murphy, the 2005 Crucible winner, scored a 109 en route to winning two of the next three to trail 4-2.

Robertson’s second ton made it 5-2 before Murphy scored another century, but missed out on a maximum 147 having potted 14 reds and 14 blacks.

Neil Robertson v Shaun Murphy

The world number 13 left himself a tough red to the middle pocket and it rattled in the jaws as he tried to engineer position on the black.

Murphy has had a poor season by his standards, but was in brilliant form in the first round.

The 36-year-old inflicted the biggest defeat in Crucible history, restricting Chinese qualifier Luo Honghao to a new low points tally of 89 in his record-equalling 10-0 win.

Robertson, the 2010 champion, showed similarly destructive qualities in the last 32 when he thrashed Michael Georgiou 10-1.

He remains one of the favourites to take this year’s title, having won three ranking events this season.

Three-time champion Mark Selby begins his second-round tie against qualifier Gary Wilson on Thursday evening.

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