World number one Mark Selby's recent monopoly on snooker's major prizes will end on Sunday after his Betfair German Masters campaign was halted by Barry Hawkins on Friday night
In the quarter-finals at Berlin's vast Tempodrom venue, Selby suffered a surprise 5-1 defeat to Kent cueman Hawkins, ranked 17th in the world.
Selby landed the UK Championship title in December and the Masters in January, earning combined prize money of £300,000, but the setback at the hands of Hawkins means the Leicester man is out of contention to succeed the absent Ronnie O'Sullivan as champion this weekend.
Hawkins goes on to play Hong Kong's Marco Fu in the semi-finals tomorrow, after Fu's 5-3 victory over Welshman Matthew Stevens.
The other semi-final promises to be a high-quality tussle after Ali Carter and Neil Robertson came through the top half of the draw.
Essex man Carter, a semi-finalist at the UK Championship this season and World Championship runner-up last May, eased to a 5-2 win against Nottingham's Michael Holt.
Robertson was pushed all the way by his fellow former world champion Shaun Murphy, who fought back from 4-2 behind to draw level at 4-4 after back-to-back breaks of 107 and 133.
The Australian held his nerve in the deciding frame though, and after losing to Selby in the Masters final the world number five will be looking to land his first major title of the season this weekend.