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Martin Gould v Luca Brecel - German Masters 2016 Final Preview - In-form duo eyeing maiden ranking title

Jamie Shaw 7 Feb 2016
Londoner Gould at the table (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Thirty-two players came and just two remain at the 2016 German Masters, as Martin Gould and Luca Brecel prepare to go head to head in the Final at the Tempodrom in Berlin on Sunday.

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Following a tournament of shocks and surprises both in qualifying and the main event, it is the players ranked 20 and 36 in the world who will battle it out for their first major ranking title as well as the top prize of 85,000 euros.

Having been beaten in his two previous major ranking finals, Gould will be hoping to make it third time lucky as the former world number 12 finds himself just one win away from a return to the top 16.

The Pinner potter, who narrowly missed out on this season's Australian Goldfields Open title as well as falling at the final hurdle of the 2011 Players Championship, was very much in control as he stormed past 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott 6-2 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

World number 20 Gould produced some solid snooker that included a top break of 87 to go 4-0 up and, having thrown away leads of 5-1 in the latter stages of the World Grand Prix and UK Championship in 2015, he held himself together to clear from green to pink in frame eight after Dott had threatened to come back from the same scoreline.

This came after deciding-frame victories over 2011 winner of this event Mark Williams as well as 2014 finalist Judd Trump, who had looked to be in really good form, while he also whitewashed 2015 Welsh Open runner-up Ben Woollaston 5-0 in the last 16.

The 2013 Shootout champion and a one-time PTC winner in 2012, 34-year-old Gould is one match away from finally getting his hands on a major ranking trophy.

Standing in his way is 20-year-old Luca Brecel, who is appearing in his first ranking final after overcoming Shanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson in the last four.

Brecel is one of the game's brightest young talents and, although he did not produce his absolute best form against Wilson mainly down to tension and a series of horrendous kicks, he scored the better of the two players with top runs of 67 and 63 to book his place in Sunday's showpiece.

'The Belgian Bullet', who can rise to 22 in the world should he capture the title, had already seen off Zhao Xintong and Crucible qualifier Kurt Maflin in Berlin this week.

He also showed brilliant bottle and determination in his quarter-final against Mark Joyce - producing the goods when it really mattered from 4-2 down, as breaks of 79 and 102 helped him snatch the victory from under the Walsall potter's nose.

Gould may have won the two previous meetings between the players, both in PTC events in 2010 and 2011 respectively, but that will count for nothing when they step out into the stunning Tempodrom and battle it out over the best of 17 frames on Sunday.

It should be a brilliant final between two players who like to get on with things, with the first to nine frames being crowned the winner and banking a cheque for 85,000 euros in the German capital.

Play gets underway at 1pm GMT with the first eight frames taking place, before the match draws to a conclusion with a possible nine at 7pm at the Tempodrom in Berlin on Sunday.

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Martin Gould v Luca Brecel - German Masters 2016 Final Preview - In-form duo eyeing maiden ranking title

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