- German Masters
On-fire Trump sets up Ding showdown in Germany
Judd Trump will face Ding Junhui in the final of the German Masters after both players came through their last four encounters in contrasting circumstances.
Trump eased to a 6-1 victory over Rod Lawler, while Ding had to fend off a comeback from Ryan Day to seal a dramatic 6-5 win.
Trump has been showing signs of the form that propelled him to world No. 1 and the UK Championship in 2011. He dropped the opening frame to Lawler, who was playing in his first big match on a grand stage for the first time since the 1996 International Open final.
Lawler made a 61 to lead 1-0. However, a 66 got Trump back on level terms, before he raced to a 3-1 advantage at the interval by firing in consecutive centuries of 127 and 122.
And the quick-fire pace continued from Trump as he went 4-1 in front, before a third century of the night, a 117, made it 5-1. And the match was soon wrapped up when Trump scored enough points to secure the seventh frame to reach the final.
Earlier, Ding survived a fightback from Day to remain on course for a fourth ranking event title of the season.
The world No. 3 lifted the Shanghai Masters, Indian Open and the International Championship in consecutive ranking events, and led 5-3. However, Day hit back to force a deciding frame.
But it was Ding who rattled in a break of 79 in the final frame to seal victory. "I would be very proud to win a fourth ranking title in one season, because it's so difficult now just to get to a final. There are so many good players," Ding said.