It was one table setup and semi finals day in Berlin and, as you would expect, an enthusiat crowd filled the Tempodrom to the rafters to cheers on the players. The fact that none of the top 16 boys made it that far made no difference to the German fans.
Martin Gould defeated an out of sort Graeme Dott by a convincing 6-2, withot firing on all cylinders himself. Luca Brecel, the 20 years old Belgian, beat a tired Kyren Wilson by 6-3. It was an error strewn affair but it won’t matter to Luca who, after the match, joked “We must have had about 700 chances each” … with a big smile.
It is Luca’s first final, and only the second time that an Eurpean player from outside the UK/Ireland reaches that stage. Only Tony Drago from Malta did it before. Should he win he would be the first mainland Europe winner ever. But he will need to play better than yesterday to beat Martin Gould today…
If Martin wins the final, he will climb to 15th in the ranking, kicking Michael White out of the top 16 ahead of the Welsh Open. Luca is now provisionally 28th, already his highest ranking ever, and he could reach nr 20 if he wins today.
For those without access to ES UK here are the punditry bits by Matt Smith, Neal Foulds, Jimmy White and Ronnie:
Martin Gould v Graeme Dott:
Luca Brecel v Kyren Wilson:
One point the pundits made was that Graeme Dott never had the opportunity to play on the main table before the SF. The side tables play heavier and have a different lighting and Graeme never seemed to find the pace of the table nor the cueball control. They suggested that players should maybe have the opportunity to practice for 1/2 hour on the main table before an important match like this one.
Ronnie and Jimmy both spent some time in the commentary box too. Twitters feedback was quite positive. Ronnie’s commentary was highly appreciated by the experts, whilst Jimmy was branded “very funny”.
You can watch all the television matches and Eurosport footages (again) on SnookerRoom youtube channel
As usual cuetracker.net provides all the scores and details about the matches.