Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and Stephen Maguire all produced impressive displays at the Tempodrom on Thursday night to reach the quarter-finals of the Kreativ Dental German Masters.
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It’s a cracking last three days in prospect in Berlin with nine of the world’s top 16 players still chasing the 80,000 Euro top prize.
Robertson followed up his 5-0 defeat of Fergal O’Brien with another whitewash, beating Xiao Guodong 5-0 with top breaks of 68, 67, 50 and 68.
“It’s quite a rarity to win two matches 5-0, usually every match is quite competitive – apart from my Masters final,” said Robertson, who lost 10-2 to Shaun Murphy at the Masters last month. “I’m very pleased to come here and win two matches against two tough opponents.
“I was pretty faultless for the first four frames tonight and scored heavily. My safety and long potting were also good.
“I don’t have to play two matches in one day here which is helpful. I can relax tonight and get ready for tomorrow. This is a tournament I’d love to do well in because it’s an amazing venue.”
Robertson will now play Maguire, who saw off Mark King 5-2 with top runs of 107, 119, 74 and 73.
Trump top scored with 65, 53, 51 and 84 in a 5-1 defeat of Martin Gould. He will now meet Selby, who reached his second ranking quarter-final of the season with a 5-1 win over Peter Ebdon.
“I’m still feeling fatigued, having got back from the pool event in China on Tuesday night, but considering that I played well,” said Selby, whose top break was 126. “After the first frame I controlled the match. I actually feel worse today because yesterday I was running on adrenaline then today it hit me. Plus I’m still trying to get the feeling back of playing snooker.
“I just tried to play a bit quicker tonight and get some rhythm when I had chances, and I kept Peter under pressure. If I sleep well tonight I’ve got every chance against Judd, though he has been in form recently.”