Jack Lisowski: ‘I’ve never won a tournament so why not make the World Championship the first?’

Jack Lisowski secured a big win over Ali Carter on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)

Jack Lisowski came through an epic 10-9 deciding frame win over Ali Carter in the first round of the World Snooker Championship, and while he knows things are about to get even more difficult, he fancies the job of lifting the title.

The all-English tie was clearly one of the highlights of the first round draw and it lived up to its billing as it went all the way to a nineteenth frame, which Lisowski claimed thanks largely to a break of 60.

It was a battling victory for Jackpot, who is sometimes accused of lacking the ability to grind out wins, having been 3-1 and 8-6 behind to the two-time former finalist.

Lisowski now sets up a fiendishly tough contest against Neil Robertson in the last 16, who is seemingly the man in form after winning the Tour Championship in some style just before coming to Sheffield, beating Jack en route to the title.

The 29-year-old is delighted to have that task ahead of him, though, and is up for the challenge after a significant win for his career.

‘It’s a big one, deciding frame in the World Championships. I’m not sure if it was my biggest but it was a big win in there,’ said Lisowski.

‘It’s nice to feel in the tournament, he was pretty much the worst draw out of everyone, but my attitude was it doesn’t matter because it’s the World Championship, you’ve got to beat them all.

‘Now I’ve got Neil so it only gets tougher, but if you want to win this thing you’ve got to beat them all.

‘I managed to hang on in a few frames, I don’t know if I was a bit lucky, but I was hanging on. At 8-6 it wasn’t looking good for me, so to win from there, great stuff.

‘I played a deciding frame last year when there was no one here and it was still nerve-racking and this year the partition went up so it suddenly turned into a really big theatre.

‘It was good mentally to turn it around, to stay in there was good.’

Robertson won their last meeting 10-5 as he set off on a memorable run to the Tour Championship title and Lisowski knows he will have to be at his best to overturn that result.

‘I was having tip problems but he still played good stuff. He was a bit shaky early on and that was my chance that I let slip,’ Jack said of his last meeting with Robertson.

‘You don’t get a lot of chances against these top players, you’ve got to take them and I’ll have to do that this week to have any kind of chance.

‘If he has a really good day it’ll be tough for me and if he has an average day it’ll still be tough for me.

‘You know what Neil’s going to play like so it’s all about me. If I play well it’ll go close, if I play bad it’ll be very one-sided. Neil’s a lot more consistent than me so far, but when they start going in for me, who knows? If they do.’

Lisowski will often sound like he’s playing down his chances of success, but make no mistake that he is in Sheffield to win the title, as he added: ‘I want to try and win it, I’ve never won a tournament so why not make the first one the World Championship? It would be amazing.’

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