Neil Robertson a win away from back-to-back finals

FOCUSED: Australia's Neil Robertson has won through to Saturday night's semi-final at the $500,000 Snooker Australia Goldfields Open in Bendigo. Picture: PETER WEAVING

FOCUSED: Australia's Neil Robertson has won through to Saturday night's semi-final at the $500,000 Snooker Australia Goldfields Open in Bendigo. Picture: PETER WEAVING

China's Xiao Guodong sizes up his next move during this week's play. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

China's Xiao Guodong sizes up his next move during this week's play. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

England's Judd Trump in Friday's quarter-final victory. Picture: PETER WEAVING

England's Judd Trump in Friday's quarter-final victory. Picture: PETER WEAVING

AUSTRALIA'S No.1 player and the tournament's top seed, Neil Robertson is a victory away from back-to-back appearances in the final at the $500,000 Snooker Australia Goldfields Open in Bendigo.

Robertson's winning run rolled on in Friday night's semi-final clash with England's Richard Milkins.

The contest at Bendigo Stadium hit off with a 72-45 win by Milkins in the opening frame.

Robertson struck back to win the next two, 82-29 and 100-0.

The match was back at two-all after Milkins achieved a 65-52 victory in the fourth frame.

Robertson closed out the match with a hat-trick of winning frames - 78-15, 70-58 and 83-38.

Fans witnessed an enthralling battle between Stuart Bingham, the 2011 Goldfields Open champion, and Mark Davis.

It was frame-for-frame in the early going.

Davis from Sussex won the first, 66-12, but Bingham ruled the second, 84-35.

The tournament's eighth seed, Bingham took the lead after an 81-0 win in the third.

Davis won the next, 75-24, but Bingham regained the lead after a 70-24 triumph.

Frame five was highlighted by the highest break in the match as Davis scored 96 to win by 82 points.

Just one point separated the players at the end of the seventh, which Bingham won 62-61.

Davis forced the match to a ninth and deciding frame after he won the eighth, 73-13.

A 63-17 victory in the last frame capped one of the matches of the tournament.

Saturday's semi-finals action hits off at 1pm when England's Judd Trump takes on China's Xiao Guodong.

The Davis-Robertson clash starts at 7pm on Saturday night.

A grand final berth is up for grabs.

Sunday's sessions to decide the Goldfields Open champion for 2014 will hit off at 2pm and 7pm at Bendigo Stadium in Marong Road, West Bendigo.

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