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Heroic Hawkins topples Trump to reach European Masters semis

Trump and Hawkins collide in a battle of the left-handers in Furth (PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo)

Judd Trump continues his quest to complete a hat-trick of European Masters titles when he faces Barry Hawkins in the quarter-finals in Furth.

Two of the best left-handers in the world go head to head on Friday for a place in the last four at the Stadthalle.

The Ace won the first two editions of the event in 2016 and 2017 – beating Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stuart Bingham respectively.

Although, his latest mission to complete the treble almost came to a shocking halt against Farakh Ajaib in the last 16 earlier on Friday.

Indeed, the Pakistani amateur recovered from 4-2 down to force a decider, in which a doubled brown put him at the snookers required stage.

But in heartbreaking fashion, Ajaib went in-off on the blue and a relieved Trump ruthlessly punished to scrape through on the black by the skin of his teeth.

The world number two has fond memories of the Stadthalle – winning the Paul Hunter Classic there in 2010 – with Hawkins repeating the feat nine years later.

After suffering five straight defeats against Trump, the Hawk has won both of the last two meetings, including a 6-5 victory in their nail-biting Masters semi-final earlier this year.

The three-time ranking event winner has enjoyed a timely return to form this week, having not progressed beyond the last 32 of any event since reaching the Players Championship final in February.

Since falling 2-0 behind against Aaron Hill in the opening round, world number 12 Hawkins has won 15 of his following 16 frames – putting Hill (5-2), Stuart Carrington (5-1) and Robert Milkins (5-0) to the sword in the process.

And the Kent cueist will be eager to continue in that vein as he eyes a hat-trick of victories over Trump.

The winner will play either Mark Williams or Jamie Jones in the European Masters semi-finals.

Play gets underway at 7pm BST on Friday with the match contested over the best of nine frames at the Stadthalle in Furth.

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