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Carter cruises past Ford to clinch second German Masters crown

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Ali Carter cruised to his second German Masters title after thrashing Tom Ford 10-3 in the final at the Tempodrom in Berlin.

A decade on from triumphing in the German capital, when he beat Marco Fu in the showpiece, the Captain became only the second multiple winner of the popular event after Mark Williams (2011 and 2018).

Carter produced a clinical display as he claimed the fifth ranking title on Sunday – almost seven years after his most recent triumph at the 2016 World Open – hitting a century and a further eight breaks over 50.

Lifting the Brandon Parker trophy, the world number 23 also boosted his Players Championship qualification hopes after landing the top prize of £80,000.

Appearing in only his second ranking final, Ford made a fast start with a wonderful 121 clearance drawing first blood.

The Leicester cueist, who produced a stunning 63 counter clearance from 52-0 down to snatch victory over Jack Lisowski in the semi-finals, overturned a 64-0 deficit to double his lead on the black.

However, Carter responded well in his 10th ranking showpiece – and first since the 2019 World Grand Prix – with runs of 69, 62, 57 and 67 turning the contest on its head.

He then recovered from 53-0 down to move 4-2 up on the blue, while further contributions of 73 and 120 pulled him further clear before Ford eventually stopped the rot to trail 6-3 at the afternoon’s conclusion.

But it was all one-way traffic upon the contest’s resumption, with Ford’s frustration at not producing his best on the big stage evident.

Runs of 75 and 41 moved Carter 8-3 to the good before he snatched frame 12 on the black with a 39 clearance that moved him to the brink of victory, which he subsequently secured with a contribution of 63.