Judd Trump landed his fourth title of an already sparkling season, beating Si Jiahui 10-5 to win the BetVictor German Masters at the Tempodrom in Berlin.
The Ace in the Pack has now won the German Masters a record three times, moving him ahead of Mark Williams and Ali Carter, who have both won the event twice.
Trump defeated Neil Robertson here at the Tempodrom in the 2020 final and beat Jack Lisowski in Milton Keynes back in 2021, when the tournament was displaced due to the pandemic.
Englishman Trump now has 27 career ranking titles to his name, with this evening’s victory moving him just one behind Steve Davis on 28 and four shy of John Higgins on 31.
MOST RANKING TITLES
- Ronnie O’Sullivan – 41
- Stephen Hendry – 36
- John Higgins – 31
- Steve Davis – 28
- Judd Trump – 27
Trump’s performance this week has seen him storm to an early triumph in the BetVictor Series, for which he pockets a £150,000 bonus. That is in addition to the £80,000 he earns for claiming the title this week. This is all with an event to spare ahead of this month’s BetVictor Welsh Open.
Talented Chinese 21-year-old Si can reflect on a week which has seen him reach his maiden ranking event final, having already reached the semi-finals of last season’s World Championship. Si is the 13th player from mainland China to reach a ranking final.
The afternoon’s session saw Trump establish a 5-3 lead. When play got underway this evening, both players treated the 2,000 strong crowd to a scintillating standard.
It was Si who took the first with a sublime 123 to close the gap to a single frame, before consecutive century contributions of 113 and 108 from Trump saw him regain a stranglehold on proceedings at 7-4. He then made it three on the bounce with 74 in the 12th to move 8-4 ahead at the mid-session.
When play resumed, Si pulled another back to stay in contention at 7-5. However, his resistance wouldn’t last long and runs of 66 and 81 saw Trump over the line for yet another title and secured him the Brandon Parker Trophy.
“It is a special event to me. I think the crowd make it that extra bit special. It is certainly one of the best arenas on the tour. It is an event I look forward to coming to and it seems to bring out the best in me.” – Judd Trump, three-time German Masters champion.
“It was a tough challenge, because you never know what he is going to do next. You are always on the edge of your seat. He takes on absolutely everything. It can be a little bit tricky and you are never able to really settle. I produced my best snooker when I needed to and I didn’t miss much in the second session,” added 34-year-old Trump.
“I think he is very promising. The form he showed in the World Championship and this event, he is certainly the most talented player out there and the most likely to get to the top of the game. Shot selection is the key for him, the same as when I was young. As soon as he realises that and knuckles down he will challenge for a lot of titles.
“After the last couple of seasons, where I haven’t been winning four, five or six titles, people have been very quick to point that out. It is nice to do it again this season. Maybe hearing what some people say off the table pushes me to the level where I am able to produce it week in and week out. I have always been very dedicated. When you come to venues like this it just ignites something.”
Si said: “I had an incredible run to the final. After all my opponent was Judd, he is an amazing player and I have a lot to learn from him. I enjoyed this week.
“The German crowd is very passionate which is fantastic. This is a brilliant venue. It was very enjoyable.”