2020 German Masters

The 2020 German Masters (also known as the 2020 BetVictor German Masters due to sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place from 29 January to 2 February 2020 in the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany. The tournament was the tenth ranking event of the 2019–2020 snooker season. It was the 14th edition of the German Masters, first held in 1995 as the 1995 German Open, discontinued after 1998 and revived as the German Masters in the 2010–11 snooker season. The event featured a prize fund of £400,000 with £80,000 being given to the event winner.

Kyren Wilson was the defending champion after defeating David Gilbert 9–6 in the 2019 final. He lost 4–5 to Zhao Xintong in the second qualifying round. The event final was contested between the reigning world champion Judd Trump and Neil Robertson, who had won the preceding European Masters event. Trump won the final defeating Robertson 9–6. Trump's win was his 15th ranking title and fourth of the season.

Format

The 2020 German Masters was a professional snooker tournament held at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany, between 29 January and 3 February 2020. This was the 13th edition of the German Masters tournament, the first having been held in 1995 as the 1995 German Open. It was the tenth ranking event of the 2019-20 snooker season following the European Masters and preceding the World Grand Prix. It was played as the best-of-nine-frames until the semi-finals, which were best-of-11-frames, followed by a best-of-17-frames final. The event featured 32 participants from the World Snooker Tour with two qualifying rounds which took place from 20 to 22 December 2019 in Barnsley, England. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and World Snooker organised the German Masters.

Prize fund

The event featured a total prize fund of £400,000 with the winner receiving £80,000. The event was the second of the "European Series" which included the European Masters, Snooker Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open all sponsored by BetVictor. The player accumulating the highest amount of prize money over the four events received a bonus of £150,000. The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:

  • Winner: £80,000
  • Runner-up: £35,000
  • Semi-final: £20,000
  • Quarter-final: £10,000
  • Last 16: £5,000
  • Last 32: £4,000
  • Last 64: £3,000
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £400,000

Tournament summary

Judd Trump won the event, defeating Neil Robertson 9–6.

The first round of the German Masters began on 29 January 2020. A commemorative cake in the shape of a snooker table was baked to celebrate the 10th edition of the event to be held in the Tempodrome. Four-time world champion John Higgins lost his first round match to world number 56 Robbie Williams 4–5. Three players completed a whitewash in the first round, with Sunny Akani, Michael Georgiou and Matthew Selt all winning 5–0. Scott Donaldson defeated 2019 UK Championship winner Ding Junhui 5–4. The win gave Donaldson enough ranking points to qualify for the 2020 World Grand Prix.

In the second round, Georgiou defeated Akani 5–4. Akani continued playing on the practice tables for two days after his loss. European Masters finalist Zhao Xintong defeated 17th seed Gary Wilson 5–1. In a rematch of the 2018 final, 19th seed Graeme Dott played third seed Mark Williams, with Dott winning 5–2. World number two Neil Robertson completed a second straight whitewash over Elliot Slessor in the quarter-finals, having also defeated Mitchell Mann in the second round 5–0. Shaun Murphy defeated Xintong 5–3, Dott defeated Selt 5–2 and Trump defeated Georgiou 5–1. The first semi-final was played between Dott and Trump. With no more than one frame between the two, they tied at 4–4. However, Trump won frame nine with a break of 110 and won the match 6–4. The second semi-final was between Robertson and Murphy. Robertson won five frames in a row with breaks of 73, 136, 62, 53 and 129 to win 6–1. Robertson reached the final having lost only two frames in the previous four matches.

The final was played between Neil Robertson and Judd Trump on 2 February 2020. This was the second time in the 2019-20 snooker season that the pair had met in a final, having done so at the 2019 Champion of Champions. If Robertson won the final, he would be guaranteed to win the European Series. It was held as a best-of-17 frames match, held over two sessions. Robertson won four of the first six frames, with Trump winning the final two frames of the first session to tie the match at 4–4. Trump restarted the match, winning a further two frames to lead 6–4. Robertson won frame 11, before Trump won frame 12 to lead 7–5 going into the interval. The pair shared the next two frames, before Trump won the match 9–6 with a break of 120 in frame 15.

Main draw

Below are the event's results from the last-32 stage to the final. Player names in bold denote match winners.

 
Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter Finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi Finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
 Zhao Xintong (CHN)5
 
 
 
 Anthony McGill (SCO) (32)2
 
ChinaZhao Xintong5
 
 
 
EnglandGary Wilson (17)1
 
 Jak Jones (WAL)1
 
 
 
 Gary Wilson (ENG) (17)5
 
ChinaZhao Xintong3
 
 
 
EnglandShaun Murphy (9)5
 
 Tom Ford (ENG) (24)1
 
 
 
 Shaun Murphy (ENG) (9)5
 
EnglandShaun Murphy (9)5
 
 
 
ScotlandScott Donaldson (25)2
 
 Scott Donaldson (SCO) (25)5
 
 
 
 Ding Junhui (CHN) (8)4
 
EnglandShaun Murphy (9)1
 
 
 
AustraliaNeil Robertson (4)6
 
 John Higgins (SCO) (5)4
 
 
 
 Robbie Williams (ENG)5
 
EnglandRobbie Williams3
 
 
 
EnglandElliot Slessor5
 
 Robert Milkins (ENG)3
 
 
 
 Elliot Slessor (ENG)5
 
EnglandElliot Slessor0
 
 
 
AustraliaNeil Robertson (4)5
 
 Alexander Ursenbacher (SUI)4
 
 
 
 Mitchell Mann (ENG)5
 
EnglandMitchell Mann0
 
 
 
AustraliaNeil Robertson (4)5
 
 Ian Burns (ENG)1
 
 
 
 Neil Robertson (AUS) (4)5
 
AustraliaNeil Robertson (4)6
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump (2)9
 
 Mark Williams (WAL) (3)5
 
 
 
 Yuan Sijun (CHN)2
 
WalesMark Williams (3)2
 
 
 
ScotlandGraeme Dott (19)5
 
 Tian Pengfei (CHN)4
 
 
 
 Graeme Dott (SCO) (19)5
 
ScotlandGraeme Dott (19)5
 
 
 
EnglandMatthew Selt (27)2
 
 Kishan Hirani (WAL)2
 
 
 
 Nigel Bond (ENG)5
 
EnglandNigel Bond2
 
 
 
EnglandMatthew Selt (27)5
 
 Matthew Selt (ENG) (27)5
 
 
 
 Jamie Clarke (WAL)0
 
ScotlandGraeme Dott (19)4
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump (2)6
 
 Gerard Greene (NIR)1
 
 
 
 Michael Georgiou (CYP)5
 
CyprusMichael Georgiou5
 
 
 
ThailandSunny Akani3
 
 David Grace (ENG)0
 
 
 
 Sunny Akani (THA)5
 
CyprusMichael Georgiou1
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump (2)5
 
 Luca Brecel (BEL)5
 
 
 
 Joe Perry (ENG) (15)0
 
BelgiumLuca Brecel3
 
 
 
EnglandJudd Trump (2)5
 
 Noppon Saengkham (THA) (31)1
 
 
 Judd Trump (ENG) (2)5
 


Final

Qualifying

Qualifying for the event took place between 20 and 22 December 2019 at the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England. There were two rounds of qualifying with matches being played as best-of-9 frames. Defending champion Kyren Wilson did not qualify for the event, after losing 4-5 to Zhao Xintong in the second round.

Round 1

Round 2

Century breaks

Main stage centuries

There was a total of 33 century breaks during the tournament. The highest was a 138 made by John Higgins in his first round win over Robbie Williams.

Qualifying stage centuries

There was a total of 77 century breaks during qualifying. The highest was a 143 made by Tom Ford in his second qualifying round.

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