Tempodrom, Berlin - February 1-5 2012
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UK Champion Judd Trump didn't hit his top form this morning against Pickering potter Paul Davison but he still did enough to come through a 5-1 winner.
Davison a former World Open qualifier managed to get a frame on the board in the second but did not find any rythym as Trump managed to get over the line with a top run of 81.
Trump said; 'There was a lot of bad contacts out there, other than that I played quite well, scored heavy and kept it quite tight.
'The five table set up is good for the crowd but I don't like it. When you earnt your right to play at a venue it should be two tables. For Paul to qualify by winning his four matches and to play in a PTC environment it's not right.
'The German crowd here really appreciate their snooker. You get a nice atmosphere here and more people in than in England so I hope it keeps growing and growing.'
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Graeme Dott also looked in fantastic form today as he managed the only whitewash of the morning, a 5-0 victory over Thai legend James Wattana.
'I played pretty good, I didn't miss anything easy. James never played as well as he can so it was pretty easy. If I keep playing like that I have a decent chance this week.
'I love the atmosphere here, outside the Crucible it's my best venue. It's good for my concentration, I like watching the other games whilst i'm playing. Other people find it distracting but I like it.' said Dott.
Recent UK Championship finalist Mark Allen looked like for all the world at 4-1 down to Tom Ford that he was going to suffer an early exit in this years German Masters.
But the gritty Northern Irishman dug deep and found himself back at 4-3. Ford got a chance early on but had a massive kick in amongst the balls which let Allen back in to force the decider.
The decider was a more scrappy affair as both Ford & Allen missed chances but eventually Ford looked like he was going through after he left Allen needing one snooker on the last red.
However after Allen managed to get a cracking snooker behind the black, Ford lost his focus and missed it the red leaving Allen in. He snookered Ford again and once he managed to hit it he left the red on, leaving Mark in to clear to the pink to snatch the match at 5-4.
'I was not really in the game at all, Tom was dominating and was 4-1 in front. I tried to dig deep but I didn't get any rythym going.
'At 4-3 Tom got a terrible kick when he looked like for all the world he was going to win.
'You don't win many frames from needing snookers so this is definitely my get out of jail free card, but you don't get many of them in a season so hopefully its a sign of things to come.' Said the former Wuxi classic champion.
'I can understand the setup is good for viewers but I find it a bit distracting.
'You try and concentrate on your own game but you are constantly looking at the other tables. It's offputting but at the end of the- day its the same with both players so you just have to get on with it.
'The German crowds are great, they turn up and love their snooker and we love to play in front of them. I play Judd tonight and hopefully because its an evening match they crowd will be up for it and cheering us on.'
Neil Robertson triumphed at the BGC Masters & the third group of the Championship League but has been battling with a chest infection since then. He seemed to be a lot better as he fought off a resilient Marcus Campbell to win 5-2.
Robertson didn't perform too well at the start as he found himself enclosed in a tight battle with the Scot and they went 2-2 going in to the mid-session interval.
The match continued in a scrappy pattern but Robertson eventually got over the line and was just happy to be in the next round to set up a tie with either Craig Steadman or Matthew Stevens.
'Conditions were quite tough out there. The cushions were bouncing more than we expected and the matches went quite scrappy. But i'm happy I won, it's always a relief to get through the first round.
'It's quite hard to focus on your own game when there is a lot happening on the other tables. You can really hear the crowd a lot more here than at other venues as there is no wall.
'It's something we have to get used to as crowds want to see as many matches as possible. If one match finishes early they still have more to watch.
'The German fans are always fantastic. They are very passionate about the sport they always respect the players, similar to the Chinese fans.'
The Chinese fans were treated to a good match earlier between their top player Ding Junhui and tour debutant Yu Delu.
Yu looked to be strong favourite to knock out Ding early on in the match when he went 3-1 up. Ding fought back and found himself only 4-3 behind. Ding had many chances to go back to 4-4 but in the end it was the 24-year-old Yu who came through a 5-3 victor.
Having appeared in many wildcard matches in China, Yu Delu is finally on the main tour this season and is impressing having also reached the final qualifying rounds of the Australian Open. Definitely one to look out for in the future.
Ronnie O'Sullivan desperately needed to have a good run here in Berlin to avoid having to qualify for the Crucible later in the season and at one point he looked to be falling at the first hurdle in his match against Andrew Higginson.
The Widnes Warrior won his first PTC event earlier in the season and looked in form today as he found himself 4-0 down but the Rocket dug deep including a fantastic 67 clearance in the 7th frame where Higginson was 63 up and made breaks 80, 66 and 60 to win the match.
On the subject of his ranking, O'Sullivan remained tight-lipped but he said this about the match;
'Andrew played a good match and he was unlucky to lose. He's had a good season and didn't do much wrong in the first four frames. From 4-0 down I didn't do much wrong so I can't complain about how I played.
'It was a great atmosphere today in the arena, a great crowd and it was a pleasure to play in.'
The first match to finish in the aftesrnoon was between Liu Song and Mark Selby. Last year's finalist Selby has had early exits from the recent UK championship & Masters and needed to put in a good showing here and he did.
Breaks of 111 and 104 helped the Jester on the way to an impressive 5-0 victory. He faces a tough match with Graeme Dott who also recorded a whitewash.
Craig Steadman looked strong in his wildcard victory over Mike Dunn, but only could win the first frame against Matthew Stevens who played considerably better after the mid-session interval to win 5-1.
O'Sullivan wasn't the only one to come from behind to win this afternoon. Ali Carter started his match off well against Joe Perry making a break of 129 to go 3-1 then 4-3 up.
Perry responded brilliantly from there to force the decider then making two small contributions to win the frame to knock the seed out.
Carter has been threatening to retire this season citing not enjoying the game as much as he used to. His results in the next couple of tournaments will be crucial to his decision at the end of the season.
It's a great win for Perry though as he seems to be playing well again since joining On Q Promotions. He is rewarded with a second round match with O'Sullivan.
Many would of made current world champion John Higgins the favourite to have won the televised all-Scottish encounter with Stephen Maguire but no one could of predicted the final score tonight.
In the first frame Higgins could only make 34 before Maguire dished up to take the lead. After that Maguire was on fire and produced breaks of 71 and 89 on the way to a 5-0 win.
This is the first time Higgins has been whitewashed in a major ranking event since Karl Burrows beat him by the same scoreline in the 1996 Asian Classic.
Take nothing away from Maguire though, his form has been vastly improved since he reached the Welsh Open final last year and he impressed in winning PTC12 in Munich.
'First frame John had a couple chances but didn't take them. After that I played pretty good.
'Beating the world champion anytime is good but twice in the same season is a bonus.'
Maguire's opponent in the quarter-finals is Judd Trump who came through in his match against Mark Allen. Trump lead 2-0, then 4-1. Allen came back to 4-2 but he could not match his recovery against Tom Ford and lost the match 5-2.
Shaun Murphy fought off a mini comeback from Ricky Walden in their second round match.
Murphy looked strong in the balls including a 128 in the 2nd frame to go 4-0 up, Another whitewash looked on the cards but Walden fought back to 4-2.
It was too late though as Murphy won the 7th scrappy frame to complete a 5-2 victory. He plays Mark Selby or Graeme Dott in the next round.
The last man through in the evening was Stephen Lee who seems to be playing well again and sees himself up to 14th in the rankings.
His opponent Yu Delu beat Ding Junhui in the first round and was looking strong as he went 1-1 and was only 3-1 down going in to the mid session interval but couldn't find any rythym and Lee came through a 5-3 winner.
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