2020 German Masters

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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

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, discontinued after 1998 and revived as the German Masters in the 2010–11 snooker season. The event featured a prize fund of £400,000 with £80,000 being given to the event winner.

Kyren Wilson was the defending champion after defeating David Gilbert 9–6 in the 2019 final, but lost 4–5 to Zhao Xintong in the second qualifying round. The event final was contested between 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.

Tournament format[edit]

The 2020 German Masters is 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, the first having been held in 1995 as the 1995 German Open.[3] It was the tenth ranking event of the 2019-20 snooker season following the European Masters and preceding the World Grand Prix.[4][5] It is played as the best-of-9-frames until the semi-finals, which were best-of-11-frames, followed by a best-of-17-frames final.[6] 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.[7] The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and World Snooker organised the German Masters.[2]

Prize fund[edit]

The event featured a total prize fund of £400,000 with the winner receiving £80,000.[8][9] The event was the second of the "European Series", all sponsored by BetVictor also including the European Masters, Snooker Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open. The player accumulating the highest amount of prize money over the four events receives a bonus of £150,000.[10] The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[8][9]

  • 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 summary[edit]

Main knockout[edit]

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

The first round of the German Masters began 29 January 2020.[6] 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.[11] Four time world champion John Higgins lost his first round match to world number 56 Robbie Williams 4–5.[12] Three players completed a whitewash in the first round, with Sunny Akani, Michael Georgiou and Matthew Selt all winning 5–0.[6] 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.[13]

In the second round, Georgiou defeated Akani 5–4. Akani continued to play on the practice tables for two days after his loss.[11] European Masters finalist Zhao Xintong defeated 17th seed Gary Wilson 5–1. In a rematch of the 2018 final, 19th seed Graeme Dott played third seed Mark Williams,[14] with Dott winning 5–2.[13] 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.[13] Shaun Murphy defeated Xintong 5–3, Dott defeated Selt 5–2 and Trump defeated Georgiou 5–1.[6] The first semi-final was played between Dott and Trump.[15] 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.[16] The second semi-final was between Robertson and Murphy.[15] Robertson won five frames in a row with breaks of 73, 136, 62, 53 and 129 to win 6–1.[16][17] Robertson reached the final losing only two frames in the previous four matches.[16]

The final was played between Neil Robertson and Judd Trump on 2 February 2020.[18] This was the second time in the 2019-20 snooker season that the pair had met in a final, having also done so at the 2019 Champion of Champions.[19] If Robertson won the final, he would be guaranteed to win the European Series.[20] It was held as a best-of-17 frames match, held over two sessions.[18] 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.[18] 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.[18]

Main draw[edit]

Below is the results for the event from the last-32 stage onwards. Players listed in bold denote match winners.[6][22]

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


Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: England 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

Qualifying[edit]

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.[7]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Century breaks[edit]

Main stage centuries[edit]

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.[23]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

There were a total of 77 century breaks during qualifying. The highest was a 143 made by Tom Ford in his second qualifying round.[24]

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