Former world champion Graeme Dott received huge cheers from the crowd after he produced one of the German Masters’ best ever comebacks to reach the semi-finals.
The Scot, who won the World Championship in 2006, looked to be dead and buried when he trailed 4-0 to China’s Xiao Guodong in the quarter-final tie.
But Dott somehow managed to pull off one of his most dramatic wins in recent times by winning five frames in a row to knock out Guodong who earlier in the tournament beat world number 1 and reigning world champion Mark Selby.
Dott will next face Shaun Murphy in what will be his first major ranking semi-final in two years when he reached the semi-finals of the same tournament in 2016 – losing to eventual winner Martin Gould.
Murphy battled through to the semi-finals after a 5-4 win over Welshman Ryan Day.
Murphy will be hoping to secure a place in his fourth major final of the season. The Englishman won the non-ranking Champions of Champions event but has suffered heartbreaking ranking final defeats in the Paul Hunter Classic, China Championship and the UK Championship.