'Best in the world': Aussie makes snooker history with incredible moment

Neil Robertson has become just the fourth player in professional snooker history to make 700 centuries.

The Australian defending champion won 4-2 over Mark Joyce at the Welsh Open in Cardiff, starting impressively with 135 that put him in an elite group with Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and century leader Ronnie O'Sullivan (1040).

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A century in snooker occurs when the player breaking manages to stay on the table until their score reaches 100.

The win in the last-64 encounter took in-form Robertson's record in ranking play to 20 victories out of 21.

The moment Neil Robertson notched his 700th career century. Image: Eurosport

The 38-year-old won the Coral World Grand Prix in Cheltenham recently, having already this year triumphed at the European Masters in Austria and finished runner-up at the German Masters.

Five-time Welsh Open champion John Higgins beat Ken Doherty 4-1, while four-time champion O'Sullivan will face Anthony Hamilton having beaten Stuart Carrington 4-2.

Robertson’s incredible triumph on Australia Day

Last month Robertson marked Australia Day by whitewashing China's Zhou Yuelong to win the European Masters and claim the 17th ranking title of his career.

The 37-year-old from Melbourne romped to a 9-0 win, with his victory placing him joint sixth on the all-time list of ranking title triumphs alongside Mark Selby.

“You never expect a final to be played like that,” Robertson told Eurosport.

Neil Robertson celebrates with his trophy after winning the snooker World Grand Prix. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

“I played fantastically well, up there with my best-ever performance in a final, and I'm sure it won't be long before Zhou is in another ranking final.”

Robertson edged two scrappy opening frames before polished breaks of 99, 128 and 82 made it 5-0.

Zhao, who was playing in his first ranking final, was unable to stem the tide as Robertson rattled off a break of 109 - his seventh century of the week.

Robertson closed out the match straight after the mid-match interval.

The only previous whitewash in a ranking final of similar length came at the 1989 Grand Prix when Steve Davis beat Dean Reynolds 10-0.