2020 German Masters

The 2020 German Masters (also known as the 2020 BetVictor German Masters due to sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place from 29 January to 2 February 2020 in the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany. The tournament was the tenth ranking event of the 2019–2020 snooker season. It was the 14th edition of the German Masters, first held in 1995 as the 1995 German Open. The event featured a prize fund of £400,000 with £80,000 being given to the winner.

2020 BetVictor German Masters
Tournament information
Dates29 January – 2 February 2020
VenueTempodrom
CityBerlin
CountryGermany
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£400,000
Winner's share£80,000
Highest break John Higgins (SCO) (138)
Final
Champion Judd Trump (ENG)
Runner-up Neil Robertson (AUS)
Score9–6
2019

Kyren Wilson was the defending champion after defeating David Gilbert 9–6 in the 2019 final. He lost 4–5 to Zhao Xintong in the second qualifying round. The final was contested between the reigning world champion Judd Trump and Neil Robertson, who had won the preceding European Masters event. Trump won the final defeating Robertson 9–6. Trump's win was his 15th ranking title and fourth of the season.

This tournament was the last professional tournament for Peter Ebdon, who retired due to spine and neck degradation. Ebdon lost 4–5 in the first qualifying round to Matthew Stevens.

FormatEdit

The 2020 German Masters was a professional snooker tournament held at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany, between 29 January and 3 February 2020.[1][2] This was the 13th edition of the German Masters tournament, being held since 2011,[3][4] and previously between 1995 and 1998 as the German Open.[5][6] It was the tenth ranking event of the 2019-20 snooker season following the European Masters and preceding the World Grand Prix.[7][8] It was played as the best-of-nine-frames until the semi-finals, which were best-of-11-frames, followed by a best-of-17-frames final.[9] The event featured 32 participants from the World Snooker Tour with two qualifying rounds which took place from 20 to 22 December 2019 in Barnsley, England.[10]

Prize fundEdit

The event featured a total prize fund of £400,000 with the winner receiving £80,000.[11][12] The event was the second of the "European Series" which included the European Masters, Snooker Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open all sponsored by sports betting company BetVictor. The player accumulating the highest amount of prize money over the four events received a bonus of £150,000.[13] The breakdown of prize money for the tournament is shown below:[11][12]

  • Winner: £80,000
  • Runner-up: £35,000
  • Semi-final: £20,000
  • Quarter-final: £10,000
  • Last 16: £5,000
  • Last 32: £4,000
  • Last 64: £3,000
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £400,000

Tournament summaryEdit

 
Judd Trump won the event, defeating Neil Robertson 9–6.

The first round of the German Masters began on 29 January 2020.[9] A commemorative cake in the shape of a snooker table was baked to celebrate the 10th edition of the event to be held in the Tempodrome.[14] Four-time world champion John Higgins lost his first round match to world number 59 Robbie Williams 4–5.[15] Three players completed a whitewash in the first round, with Sunny Akani, Michael Georgiou and Matthew Selt all winning 5–0.[9] Scott Donaldson defeated 2019 UK Championship winner Ding Junhui 5–4. The win gave Donaldson enough ranking points to qualify for the 2020 World Grand Prix.[16]

In the second round, Georgiou defeated Akani 5–4. Akani continued playing on the practice tables for two days after his loss.[14] European Masters finalist Zhao Xintong defeated 17th seed Gary Wilson 5–1.[9] In a rematch of the 2018 final, 19th seed Graeme Dott played third seed Mark Williams,[17] with Dott winning 5–2.[16] World number two Neil Robertson completed a second straight whitewash over Elliot Slessor in the quarter-finals, having also defeated Mitchell Mann in the second round 5–0.[9][16] Shaun Murphy defeated Xintong 5–3, Dott defeated Selt 5–2 and Trump defeated Georgiou 5–1.[9] The first semi-final was played between Dott and Trump.[18] With no more than one frame between the two, they tied at 4–4. However, Trump won frame nine with a break of 110 and won the match 6–4.[19] The second semi-final was between Robertson and Murphy.[18] Robertson won five frames in a row with breaks of 73, 136, 62, 53 and 129 to win 6–1.[19][20] Robertson reached the final having lost only two frames in the previous four matches.[19]

The final was played between Neil Robertson and Judd Trump on 2 February 2020.[21] This was the second time in the 2019-20 snooker season that the pair had met in a final, having done so at the 2019 Champion of Champions.[22] If Robertson won the final, he would be guaranteed to win the European Series.[23] It was held as a best-of-17 frames match, held over two sessions.[21] Robertson won four of the first six frames, with Trump winning the final two frames of the first session to tie the match at 4–4.[21] Trump restarted the match, winning a further two frames to lead 6–4.[21] Robertson won frame 11, before Trump won frame 12 to lead 7–5 going into the interval. The pair shared the next two frames, before Trump won the match 9–6 with a break of 120 in frame 15.[21][24] This was Trumps 15th career ranking event title, his fourth of the season.[21][24]

Main drawEdit

Below are the event's results from the last-32 stage to the final. Player names in bold denote match winners. Numbers in brackets denote player seedings.[9][25]

 
Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter Finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi Finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong (CHN)5
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill (SCO) (32)2
 
  Zhao Xintong5
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson (17)1
 
  Jak Jones (WAL)1
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson (ENG) (17)5
 
  Zhao Xintong3
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy (9)5
 
  Tom Ford (ENG) (24)1
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy (ENG) (9)5
 
  Shaun Murphy (9)5
 
 
 
  Scott Donaldson (25)2
 
  Scott Donaldson (SCO) (25)5
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui (CHN) (8)4
 
  Shaun Murphy (9)1
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson (4)6
 
  John Higgins (SCO) (5)4
 
 
 
  Robbie Williams (ENG)5
 
  Robbie Williams3
 
 
 
  Elliot Slessor5
 
  Robert Milkins (ENG)3
 
 
 
  Elliot Slessor (ENG)5
 
  Elliot Slessor0
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson (4)5
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher (SUI)4
 
 
 
  Mitchell Mann (ENG)5
 
  Mitchell Mann0
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson (4)5
 
  Ian Burns (ENG)1
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson (AUS) (4)5
 
  Neil Robertson (4)6
 
 
 
  Judd Trump (2)9
 
  Mark Williams (WAL) (3)5
 
 
 
  Yuan Sijun (CHN)2
 
  Mark Williams (3)2
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott (19)5
 
  Tian Pengfei (CHN)4
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott (SCO) (19)5
 
  Graeme Dott (19)5
 
 
 
  Matthew Selt (27)2
 
  Kishan Hirani (WAL)2
 
 
 
  Nigel Bond (ENG)5
 
  Nigel Bond2
 
 
 
  Matthew Selt (27)5
 
  Matthew Selt (ENG) (27)5
 
 
 
  Jamie Clarke (WAL)0
 
  Graeme Dott (19)4
 
 
 
  Judd Trump (2)6
 
  Gerard Greene (NIR)1
 
 
 
  Michael Georgiou (CYP)5
 
  Michael Georgiou5
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani3
 
  David Grace (ENG)0
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani (THA)5
 
  Michael Georgiou1
 
 
 
  Judd Trump (2)5
 
  Luca Brecel (BEL)5
 
 
 
  Joe Perry (ENG) (15)0
 
  Luca Brecel3
 
 
 
  Judd Trump (2)5
 
  Noppon Saengkham (THA) (31)1
 
 
  Judd Trump (ENG) (2)5
 

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee:   Rob Spencer.
Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany, 2 February 2020.
Neil Robertson (4)
  Australia
6–9 Judd Trump (2)
  England
Afternoon: 0–82 (60), 74–48, 29–77 (64), 120–1 (120), 72–71 (Trump 71), 78–4 (77), 0–98 (69), 0–77
Evening: 7–65 (54), 33–79 (75), 67–22 (66), 0–75 (59), 0–67, 65–25, 12–101 (100)
120 Highest break 100
1 Century breaks 1
3 50+ breaks 8

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for the event took place between 20 and 22 December 2019 at the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England. There were two rounds of qualifying with matches being played as best-of-9 frames.[10] Defending champion Kyren Wilson did not qualify for the event, after losing 4–5 to Zhao Xintong in the second round.[10] Peter Ebdon played his last professional match in a first round loss to Matthew Stephens.[26]

Round 1Edit

Round 2Edit

Century breaksEdit

Main stage centuriesEdit

There was a total of 33 century breaks during the tournament. The highest was a 138 made by John Higgins in his first round win over Robbie Williams.[27]

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

There was a total of 77 century breaks during qualifying. The highest was a 143 made by Tom Ford in his second qualifying round match against Oliver Lines.[28]

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