As we enter into the finals week-end in Berlin, only four players remain: Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy and Graeme Dott. All four, former World Champions.
The one table setup in the Tempodrom is one of the better and most impressive in snooker, and the German crowd is one of the best, appreciative, supportive and respectful.
Judd Trump is through to the semi-finals of the BetVictor German Masters after a 5-1 defeat of Cypriot Michael Georgiou in Berlin.
World Champion Trump progresses to the one-table setup at the iconic Tempodrom venue for the third time. Trump is yet to lift the trophy at Germany’s most prestigious event, he was runner-up to Ding Junhui in 2014. He’ll face 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott for a place in this year’s final.
If world number one Trump harbours hopes of clinching the £150,000 BetVictor European Series bonus, he may need to win the event this week. The prize goes to the player who accumulates the most prize money across the four tournaments in the series.
BetVictor European Masters winner Neil Robertson was also victorious today to clinch his place in the other semi-final and he will secure the series bonus with two events to spare if he takes home the title this weekend.
Trump was in impressive form this evening as he eased past his counterpart. He fired in breaks of 81 and 73, before finishing off the win with back-to-back century runs of 119 and 112.
Trump said: “After the interval I was good and scored pretty heavily. Hopefully I can gain some confidence and momentum from that and push on to produce some good snooker in the semi-final.
“It is very exciting to be involved in the semi-finals here. When there are four or five tables going on it is hard to keep your concentration. It is nice to have just one table now. Hopefully I can just relax and go out and enjoy the moment.”
Robertson booked his semi-final place with a blistering 5-0 whitewash win against Elliott Slessor.
The Thunder from Down Under needed just under an hour and 15 minutes to secure the victory, composing breaks of 133, 101, 94, 73 and 53.
Australia’s Robertson will now face a mouth-watering semi-final meeting with Shaun Murphy. The Magician secured his passage to the last four with a 5-3 defeat of young Chinese star Zhao Xintong.
Dott’s 5-2 win over Matthew Selt saw him book his semi-final showdown with Trump, ensuring that all four remaining competitors are World Champions. With both semis set to be played in front of a capacity Tempodrom crowd an enthralling Saturday lies in wait.
Judd Trump is the World Champion and the world n°1, and he’s young, so it’s to be expected that World Snooker Tour is trying to big him as much as possible, but he hasn’t really be tested this week until now. Today might be different. Graeme Dott is a massively under-rated player. Ok, he has not been in great form for a long time, but he’s getting back to it – he scored heavily in his previous matches this week – and there is nobody on tour more tenacious than the “terrier”. He’s also very sound tactically.
Neil Robertson has been very impressive this week. He’s clearly determined to get his hands on that bonus! Shaun Murphy though may have something to say about it. I only saw a bit of both matches involving Shaun yesterday. Scott Donaldson played some very good safeties, but when getting the opportunity, he failed to score heavily enough. Zhao Xintong is much improved tactically, but still no match for a “post Fergal” Murphy. Yes folks, Shaun Murphy has a safety game nowadays, and a pretty good one at that! And he seems to enjoy it.