Neil Robertson jokes ‘evil twin’ has been playing during nightmare run of results

Neil Robertson suffered another early exit on Tuesday at The Masters (Picture: Getty Images)

Neil Robertson says he has a mess to clean up after his evil twin has been playing over the last 18 months and struggling to get results.

Obviously the Thunder from Down Under was trying to see the funny side of things after another early exit on Tuesday night in a season which has seen him really struggle for results.

The 41-year-old was beaten 6-3 by Barry Hawkins in the opening round of The Masters at Alexandra Palace, and despite brilliantly kicking into gear with back-to-back centuries, was second best against the Hawk.

Robertson is sitting at number 88 on the one-year list and unless he can produce some very deep runs in tournaments to come then he may well drop out of the top 16 in the world rankings and face having to qualify for the Crucible in April.

He has made peace with that, opting out of playing the Scottish Open and Shoot Out before Christmas in favour of taking a break in Australia with his family, something that he thinks will pay dividends in the second half of the season.

‘I don’t have many tournaments left and obviously I missed a few with taking the trip to Australia,’ Robertson told Eurosport after defeat to Hawkins. ‘But I made my bed with that, I knew that there was every chance that I might have to qualify [for the World Championship].

‘So I’ve got to try and clean up the mess from my evil twin over the past 18 months who hasn’t been performing very well.

Barry Hawkins beat Robertson to set up a quarter-final against Ronnie O’Sullivan (Picture: Getty Images)

‘But my trip to Australia was the most important thing, if I stayed here I’d have had absolutely no chance of taking anything from the season.

‘Going back home for a few weeks was really good for my mental wellbeing and going home for a first Christmas in 14 years in Australia and first time seeing my family other than my mum or dad for four and a half years. It was really important.’

Robertson does have chances to turn things around before the World Championship rolls around, despite not qualifying for the upcoming World Grand Prix.

The World Open, German Masters and Welsh Open are all ranking events coming up where the Aussie can stop his slide out of the top 16 if he can find the wins he has failed to so far this campaign.

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