Sam Craigie booked his place in the first semifinal of his career, sending defending champion Ali Carter crashing out of the German Masters in the process.
On the back of his run to the finals of the Masters, Carter was hoping to win the tournament for the third time in his career.
But they weren’t given a chance, as Craigie dominated from the start and played rock-solid snooker to win through to the last four in a 5-1 victory.
Craigie arrived at the Tempodrom with less form this season – second defeats at the Wuhan Open, the Northern Ireland Open and the Scottish Open being the most important – but he always has excellent performances and he showed this with a perfect 71. take the opener.
He increased his lead, and showed his full character by taking the second frame.
A break of 65 left Carter short of a shot, but he stood up after Craigie missed the final red. After mulling over his options on the run for a while, Craigie sent the ball round the table from four cushions and connected perfectly with the red.
Carter continued to ask questions, Craigie continued to come up with answers and the former conceded after failing to putt the green and leaving it hanging to the right.
The third was a rollercoaster of emotions for Carter. Craigie had a sliver of luck when he missed the pot and left a white in the lower right jaw. Carter took ages to get up from his seat, which shows he wasn’t happy with what he was left behind, but he made himself a red-hot knock.
When he seemed to be about to stop, he ran away at 42 and shook the table in frustration. Infuriated by the big hit on the cushion, Carter compounded the mistake with some bad defense.
Craigie fought back to 50 before missing a solid blue, and it looked like Carter would take the frame but he missed the black a short distance away, returning to his seat with his face down.
The miss proved costly as Craigie picked the colors he needed to take a three-frame lead
Craigie was in red-hot form on Friday, and made one of the bowls of the season by knocking into the blue for a break in the fourth frame. He missed another hard red ball later, but showed his form and put his opponent under the tap.
Carter went for the big pot but somehow missed and was back in his seat before the balls could move, such was his frustration.
Craigie didn’t miss the call, as he knocked in the 98th century of his career to advance and lead the way in four frames.
Carter’s run looked to be racing as he missed the red early in the fifth and sent the balls playing across the table and into good position for Craigie.
But this is a guy who hadn’t won a quarter-final before, and he left at 11. Carter got a good pot to score a break of 90 to get on the board.
Craigie could have been forgiven for struggling, but there were no signs of it as he kept his composure to complete the win.
He hit a deep red to advance to the sixth round and saved the cue ball under a difficult 89 to punch his ticket to the finals with Judd Trump.
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