David Gilbert is into the World Championship semi-finals (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)David Gilbert is into his first World Championship semi-final and he fancies taking on ‘one of his favourite players’ Neil Robertson.
The world number 16 beat Kyren Wilson 13-8 to book his spot in the final four, having never previously been beyond the second round at the Crucible.
It has been a remarkable year for the Angry Farmer, who has shed his reputation of something of a journeyman, cracked the top 16 and has now guaranteed himself a payday of at least £100,000.
The 37-year-old takes on either Neil Robertson or John Higgins in the semi-final, and Gilbert fancies a crack at the Aussie, although he knows just how difficult that will be.
Gilbert has guaranteed the biggest payday of his career (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)‘It doesn’t matter who I play, if Neil comes through, him and [Mark] Selby are my favourite players, so it would great to play him out there,’ said Gilbert. ‘He’s had a brilliant season and he’s probably the tournament favourite.
‘I’m under no illusions, either one of them are going to have to have an off day and I’m going to have to have a great day to come through it.’
Gilbert has had a really tough run to the last four, taking on Joe Perry in the first round, defending champion Mark Williams in the second and Wilson in the quarters.
However, he has come through them all relatively comfortably and has found a serenity at the Crucible that he has not discovered in the past.
‘I felt really good and relaxed going out there and probably wanted it over a bit quick, started about thinking about the ifs, buts and maybes,’ continued the Angry Farmer.
‘I felt really comfortable against Mark, I really enjoyed it and felt really good against Kyren, it’s the best I’ve felt in a long time. To have that in the Crucible is a real buzz, money can’t buy that.’
Robertson and Higgins play to a finish on Wednesday evening before the winner takes on Gilbert in the semis, starting on Thursday afternoon.
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