Trump Through To Face Ding In Berlin Final

tempodromeThey won in different ways today, but the two men who have been tournament co-favourites since at least the last 16 stage following the early exits of the likes of Neil Robertson and Mark Selby have now made it through to the final of the 2014 German Masters.

Click below for a round-up of the action from Berlin as Ding Junhui and Judd Trump made it through to tomorrow’s final…

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With seven tables in the main arena, as well as another in a separate room in the venue, the German Masters has come under fire during the past three days, Neil Robertson among those unhappy with the condensed nature of the format.

Today though, with just one table before a packed crowd, it all began to make sense again and the first of the day’s two semi-finals saw Ding Junhui come up against Welshman Ryan Day.

Having won three of the last four full-ranking events, while his opponent was appearing in his first major semi-final since the 2009 China Open, Ding came into the match as a warm favourite and made a flawless start to take the opening frame in a single visit.

To his credit though, Ryan stuck close to him, not letting the Chinese number one move two clear until he hit a break of 121 to lead 5-3, before Day responded with runs of 109 and 58 to force a deciding frame. Though I did not feel that Ding had been at his very best throughout the match, he finished strongly with a break of 79 to maintain his formidable record so far this season and reach tomorrow’s final.

Ding

For his opponent Judd Trump, the evening proved to be far more one-sided, as he responded to the loss of the opening frame to surprise semi-finalist Rod Lawler, by notching breaks of 127, 122 and 117 on his way to a 6-1 win.

It was always going to be a tough ask for Rod, notwithstanding his excellent run so far this week, but Judd looked to be very much back to his 2011 best and it would have been difficult for anyone to have lived with him in that form.

It is no secret that Judd’s results over the past 12 months or so have been patchy, but his recent match practice at Crondon Park, where he reached three group finals in January, looks to have done him good and it is no great surprise to see him now reaping the rewards on the big stage.

Whoever wins, the final promises to be a thriller, a repeat of their epic World Championship semi-final from 2011, narrowly won on that occasion by Trump, after a match that saw the momentum swing one way and then the other.

While on balance I would tend to lean towards Ding of the two, if Judd can repeat his focused performance of this evening, he will take some stopping…