Ding and Trump to decide German final
Updated: Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 09:09
Ding Junhui and Judd Trump will meet in the final of the German Masters on Sunday after they came through their semi-finals with varying degrees of difficulty.
Ding played the afternoon session and will have been grateful to do so as he went all the way with Ryan Day, eventually prevailing 6-5 after squandering a 5-3 lead.
While the Chinese was resting in the aftermath, Trump made light work of first-time semi-finalist Rod Lawler, polishing him off 6-1.
The final place represents a welcome return to form for Trump who has struggled for form of late. It will be his first major showpiece since the 2012 International Championsip, some 15 months ago.
Ding will be going after a fourth ranking title of the season having won three in a row earlier in the campaign.
"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," he told World Snooker's website.
"There are so many good players. Judd's confidence is coming back. He didn't start the season well but now he is dangerous."