It is what many consider to be moving day at the German Masters on Friday as the second round of the competition and all four quarter finals are played out across what should be two excellent sessions of play inside the Tempodrom in Berlin.
The top two in the world will both be in action over the course of the day on Friday and the support cast to that pair are pretty good as well so we should get some excellent matches to enjoy throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
This is the session where the second round of the tournament comes to a close and it does so with two of the best in the game on the main table when the world champion Mark Selby looks to make it back to the quarter final despite the off table issues he has revealed recently. He will have his work cut out though as he takes on a Yan Bingtao who has no fear and who has already had a good win over Dave Gilbert this week. That will be the TV offering for this session.
There are a couple of tasty looking contests on the outside tables on Friday afternoon as well, the pick of which is the one between the two top 16 stars as the world finalist Shaun Murphy takes on Mark Allen. Another good match to watch in this session is the one between Ryan Day and Sam Craigie, the latter of whom could be on his way to a breakthrough week. The other match is a huge opportunity for Andrew Higginson and Fan Zhengyi to do some significant improvement to their ranking.
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The quarter finals of the tournament take place in the evening session on Friday and although we only have two last eight clashes confirmed with the other two been sorted out with the afternoon play, we already know that we will have a cracking contest to enjoy on the TV table as the defending champion Judd Trump goes up against the UK Championship winner Zhao Xintong in a clash which isn’t going to last long even if it goes the whole nine frames.
The other confirmed quarter final sees Kyren Wilson looking to take a step closer to regaining the title when he goes up against a Ricky Walden who has already disposed of Neil Robertson and Luca Brecel this week. On the outside tables the winner of the match between Yan Bingtao and Mark Selby takes on the successor of the match between Ryan Day and Sam Craigie while the reward for either Shaun Murphy or Mark Allen is a quarter final clash with Andrew Higginson or Fan Zhengyi.
Kyren Wilson is a former winner of this tournament but he isn’t absolutely flying on all cylinders at the minute and got embroiled in a tough clash with Craig Steadman in the second round and I suspect he might meet his match when he comes up against Ricky Walden who looks in really good touch this week. To be fair to Walden, he has played well for much of the season. He was a semi-finalist at the Northern Ireland Open having previously made the last eight of the British Open where he should have beaten Mark Williams before he went down in a deciding frame.
Walden will be full of confidence going into this one after seeing off the last two tournament winners in Neil Robertson and Luca Brecel in the opening two rounds here. He made a century to close out each match and I always think that is the sign of a confident player. There were plenty of other good scoring visits from him as well. I think overall Wilson is playing better than his results have suggested this term but from nowhere he throws in a shocker of a performance. I think at the prices Walden is the value play here.
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