Neil Robertson safely through in Shanghai Masters

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Neil Robertson is safely through to the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters after comfortably sweeping aside wildcard Wang Yuchen 5-1 at the Grand Stage.

The world number one made breaks of 122 and 73 en route to the second round, where he will play either Graeme Dott or Mark King.

Robertson opened with the century as he raced into a 3-0 lead, before his opponent got on the scoreboard in a scrappy fourth frame.

It was only a consolation for the wildcard though, as the Australian made 73 to move one frame away from victory which was wrapped up in the next with a 48 along the way.

In the end it was a stroll for the 31-year-old who will be hoping to continue his bright start to the season, which has seen him win the Wuxi Classic and reach the finals of the Bulgarian and Australian Open.

His best run in this event came two seasons ago when reached the semi-finals, where Mark Williams beat him in a final-frame decider.

He will have to overcome the likes of Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby if he is to reach or better that stage this year.

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