German Masters - Fu & Carter to contest Berlin final

German Masters - Fu & Carter to contest Berlin final

It's an unlikely final for tomorrow's conclusion of the Betfair German Masters at the Berlin Tempodrom, as Ali Carter takes on Marco Fu. Neither player has won a major professional snooker tournament in several years.

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In the afternoon's first semi-final it was the turn of the only world champion left in the draw; Neil Robertson. He faced the two-times ranking event winner Ali Carter who is looking to add to his trophy cabinet for the first time since the 2010 Shanghai Masters.

The match was not the highest of quality with Carter's highest break throughout being only 46, however Robertson was unable to step up, and performed poorly also..

Ali Carter Snooker German Masters 2013

Ali Carter

Carter edged some tight frames to go 2-0, before Robertson won the next. The Australian just couldn't build any momentum in the following frames and he soon found himself 4-1 down, thanks to Carter's runs of 46 and 42.

After Carter took the next on the last couple of balls, Robertson finally put his potting boots on and compiled a tidy 90 break to keep himself in the match. However it came to late for the left-hander as he missed the pink with only two reds left in the 8th frame which allowed Carter to wrap up the match.

"It feels great, it was a scrappy match and not the best performance, but I'm delighted," said Carter. "The crowd were brilliant, it's such a buzz to play in front of all those people. I hope I can go out there and do the business tomorrow."

In the most unlikely of German Masters finals it's the 180/1 outside Marco Fu that will be joining Carter in Sunday's best-of-eighteen match, after Hong Kong's finest came through 6-4 against Barry Hawkins.

The match started at a snails pace as it took them close to two hours to complete the first three frames. Fu stepped up a gear in the fourth frame with a fine break of 68 to come from 2-0 down to level at 2-2.

Australian Open champion Hawkins took the next with a run of 58 before 2007 Grand Prix champion Fu made two small contributions to level the match once again. 

Marco Fu Snooker German Masters 2013

Marco Fu

In the seventh frame, all Hawkins got to do was break off, sticking a red up for Fu. A terrific long pot, followed by a cracking 142 total clearance (second highest of the tournament) saw him take the lead for the first time at 4-3.

Dartford's Hawkins once again levelled the match, before Fu responded brilliantly with another ton 110. The 10th was of a lower standard, but Fu did what he needed to do in the end to reach his first major final since the 2011 Masters.

"I was very good in all departments - scoring, safety and long potting," said Fu. "I just missed four or five easy balls at crucial times through a lack of concentration and that cost me a few frames. I will have to cut that out tomorrow against Ali."

It may not be the line-up we expected for this year's Betfair German Masters final, but it will be an intriguing one to watch. Both players are without a major win for several years now and will be desperate to add to their tallies.

Coverage starts on EuroSport at 2PM CET, first to nine frames lifts the trophy.


Posted Feb 2, 2013
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