German Masters

Trump makes final as he proves too hot for Lawler

Judd Trump. Picture by Monique Limbos

Judd Trump. Picture by Monique Limbos

JUDD Trump continued his impressive form as he cruised into the German Masters final with a convincing win over Rod Lawler – setting up a mouth-watering final against Ding Junhui.

The Bristol star showed shades of being back to his most fluent best with breaks of 127, 122 and 117 in a dominant 6-1 win over the 42-year-old.

Trump will face China’s number one star in Sunday’s grand final after he came through a final frame decider against Ryan Day in the afternoon session.

Sunday’s match will be Trump’s first major final of the season after enduring a tough campaign so far. But he’s not struggled at all this week and goes into the final having only four frames during the whole tournament.

Lawler, playing in his biggest match since he reached the final of the International Open in 1996, got off to a great start as a break of 61 helped him take a surprise early lead.

But Trump, who has three major titles to his name including the UK Championship, China Open and International Championship, dominated the contest from the second frame as breaks of 66 and 48 quickly levelled matters.

A great plant shot then led to a brilliant break of 127 before compiling back to back centuries with a 122 to go 3-1 clear at the interval.

The second session saw the same pattern as a cracking long red from Trump lead to a frame-winning break of 57 to go 4-1 to the good. An excellent break of 117 then put him on the verge of victory at 5-1 up.

And Trump dominated the seventh frame to seal a place in his first German Masters final.

Tomorrow’s final will be a best-of 17 frames clash and will start at 12pm. The winner will net himself the title and the cash prize of 80,000 Euros (£65,000).

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