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Judd Trump is the 2020 German Masters Champion

3 February 2020 No Comment

The 2020 German Masters was played at the iconic Tempodrom, in Berlin, Germany, from 29 January to 2 February 2020. Judd Trump won the event – for the first time – beating Neil Robertson by 9-6 in an all Grove final. It was Judd’s 15th ranking title, and the 4th already this season. Impressive!

It was a very high quality, enthralling match. Both players played rather tactically, showing outstanding skills in their safety exchanges. There were, of course, big breaks as well: Judd had no less than 8 breaks over 50 including a century to conclude the match. Neil had the highest break of the day, a 120.

There is a £150000 bonus for the player earning the most money over the European series: European Masters, German Masters, Shootout and Gibraltar Open. Had Neil won in Berlin, he would have secured the bonus, having won in Austria last week. As it stands … the race to the bonus is alive and the next round will be competed at the Shootout.

Both players were full of praise for the German fans. Here are excerpts of the WST report on the final.

Trump said: “They are all special. All the tournaments I enter I want to win, but especially in one of the biggest arenas we play in. When it gets down to the one-table setup here it is very special. The fans are amazing. It is just nice to be able to tick off all of the events I’ve won and hopefully one day be able to complete them all.

“Tonight I was able to establish a lead and I was always in control from then on. I just managed to battle. My safety was good and I scored well when I needed to. It was a completely different game to the Champion of Champions final, but some of the safety was excellent. I really had to earn my chances today. It was like playing chess trying to figure out my opponent’s next move and put them in the worst place possible. It was very nice to earn the title playing that kind of snooker as well.

“It was very important for me to try and keep up that momentum from winning the World Championship. You don’t want to let your form slip because it can be hard to get back from that.”

Robertson said: “The crowd have been absolutely brilliant. Especially from the semi-finals on, we don’t get to experience occasions like that too often. It was a brilliant last couple of days of snooker. The final was played to a high standard from a safety point of view. It was very tough to earn our chances. Judd thoroughly deserved to win.”

Judd once again credited his brother Jack for his improved attitude and work ethic, as well as for the results that followed. He said that those wins are Jack’s as much as his.

All detailed results are availale on snooker.org

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