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German Masters snooker 2015 Quarter-Finals preview and order or play - O'Sullivan out to end Murphy's rule

Jamie Shaw 6 Feb 2015
O'Sullivan and Murphy meet for the first time since their one-sided Crucible Quarter-Final (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Four World title winners, two former UK Champions and a pair of in-form underdogs comprise a stellar last eight line-up at the German Masters on Friday night.

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The popular £300,000 world ranking event reaches its business end as eight box office names bid to reach Saturday's semis in front of a bumper Berlin audience.

Half of the remaining players have appeared in the final of this event since it was re-introduced to the calendar in 2011, and with both halves of the draw closely-poised, all will feel they have a chance of claiming glory this weekend.

The pick of the evening's ties sees newly-crowned Masters champion Shaun Murphy host five-time World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in the latest chapter of their fascinating rivalry.

Murphy has affirmed himself as the most in-form player on planet snooker at present, picking up from where he left off at Alexandra Palace in overcoming Michael Wasley and Mark Allen en route to this stage.

The fluent Manchester cueist, however, has won just two of his 12 previous meetings with the sport's greatest ever gifted talent and found himself on the receiving end of a 13-3 rout at the Crucible in April.

Fans favourite O'Sullivan has balanced playing with punditry to good effect so far this week, seeing off Mark Davis and Joe Perry for the loss of just a single frame.

The Rocket, a beaten semi-finalist at the Masters, is looking to return to winning ways by regaining the trophy he won back in 2011.

With no love lost between the two players and given their respective form, this has all the makings of classic battle which could go the distance.

Another mouth-watering matchup sees reigning World Champion Mark Selby take on young pretender Judd Trump on one of the three outside tables.

Following early exits at the UK Championship and Masters, Selby appears to have steadied the ship this week, defying tricky tests from Anthony McGill and Peter Ebdon to reach only his second ranking Quarter-Final of the season.


Mark Selby of England lines up a shot (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Trump, meanwhile, has romped into the last eight, dropping just one frame in commanding wins over Michael Holt and Martin Gould to remain on course for a third ranking Semi-Final this term.

There is nothing to choose between the pair in terms of head-to-heads, with both having taken nine wins apiece from their 18 previous meetings, with Trump most recently thrashing Selby 6-1 en route to last November's Champion of Champions final.

Elsewhere, Masters runner-up Neil Robertson meets 2011 German Masters runner-up Stephen Maguire in another tasty tussle.

Robertson surrendered the world number one spot to O'Sullivan earlier in the week and will be determined to prove a point by clinching this crown for the first time.

The Australian ace is looking to match his best ever run in Berlin, which carried him to the semis in 2013, but will need to improve on an inferior head-to-head record which has seen him lose 14 of the 23 previous meetings between the two.


Neil Robertson of Australia shakes hands with Stephen Maguire of Scotland (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Scottish star Maguire has powered past David Gilbert and Mark King on the way to his third German Masters Quarter-Final, but now faces a test of temperament against one of snooker's most astute all-round match players.

Two players unfancied at the beginning of proceedings vie for a dream spot in the last four as China's Liang Wenbo meets Welshman Ryan Day.

Wenbo has carried the flag for the snooker powerhouse of China with fine wins over fellow countrman Li Hang and Shanghai Masters champion Stuart Bingham to announce a long-awaited return to form.

Day, meanwhile, stunned Wenbo's compatriot Ding Junhui in a last-frame decider, before seeing off Alfie Burden to progress to his first televised Quarter-Final of the season.

The action gets underway at 7pm GMT (8pm local time), with all matches to be played over the best of nine frames at the Tempodrom in Berlin.

German Masters 2015 match schedule

Friday February 6

Quarter-Finals

7.00pm
Ryan Day v Liang Wenbo
Shaun Murphy v Ronnie O'Sullivan
Neil Robertson v Stephen Maguire
Judd Trump v Mark Selby


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German Masters snooker 2015 Quarter-Finals preview and order or play - O'Sullivan out to end Murphy's rule

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