German Masters Snooker 2022 | Day Three Preview and Order of Play
Moving day at the 2022 German Masters features the final remaining Last 16 ties, as well as the Quarter-Finals in Berlin on Friday.
The season’s ninth ranking event reaches its business end at the Tempodrom as a host of decorated stars look to remain in the running for glory.
The afternoon session plays host to the final four Last 16 ties, before the Quarter-Finals take centre stage in the evening, with a number of mouth-watering ties on the cards.
Two former Masters champions collide in the Last 16 as Mark Selby takes on Yan Bingtao – who has won both of their meetings this season.
Selby is one of three former German Masters champions left standing in the competition, having made the perfect start by whitewashing Barry Pinches 5-0 in his opener.
Yan, who reached the Quarter-Finals on his debut here in 2017, dispatched 2019 finalist David Gilbert 5-3 and is now eyeing a hat-trick of wins over ‘The Jester’ this term.
Reigning Northern Ireland Open champion Mark Allen meets 2015 German Masters runner-up Shaun Murphy in another box office battle.
Allen has banished a run of three consecutive First Round exits at this venue and is now vying to reach the Quarter-Finals of this prestigious event for the first time.
Murphy, meanwhile, recovered from 2-0 down to edge out Norway’s Kurt Maflin in a decider and victory here would see him into only a second ranking Quarter-Final of the season.
Two players bidding to reach their first ranking Quarter-Finals of the season go head-to-head as Andrew Higginson faces Fan Zhengyi.
Higginson received a walkover in Round One after Liang Wenbo withdrew, and the former Welsh Open finalist is out to end a five-year wait for a ranking Quarter-Final.
Fan, 21, saw off Liam Highfield 5-2 in his opener and is into the Last 16 of a ranking event for the first time since he turned professional in 2018.
Former Shoot-Out champion Ryan Day takes on the highly-rated Sam Craigie, with the Welshman looking to reach his sixth German Masters Quarter-Final, while Craigie has already broken new ground by reaching this venue for the first time.
The evening session sees Judd Trump step up his pursuit of a third consecutive German Masters title with a mouth-watering clash against reigning UK Champion Zhao Xintong.
Trump benefitted from a bye in Round One before whitewashing Zhou Yuelong on Thursday and now faces a formidable test against another of the sport’s most prolific break-builders.
Zhao saw off former champion Mark Williams in the Last 32 before thrashing Tom Ford 5-1 to reach his second Quarter-Final here in consecutive visits to Berlin.
Kyren Wilson, the 2019 champion, continues his quest for a second success with a tie against a resurgent Ricky Walden.
Wilson has had two contrasting wins en route to this stage, thrashing Jimmy Robertson 5-1 before coming from behind to deny Craig Steadman in a last-frame decider.
Walden, meanwhile, knocked out Masters champion Neil Robertson in his opener before defeating Scottish Open champion Luca Brecel 5-2 to reach his third ranking Quarter-Final of the season.
The action gets under way from 1pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine frames.
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German Masters 2022 Day Three Schedule
All times GMT (local time one hour ahead)
Friday January 28
21 Andrew Higginson v Fan Zhengyi
22 Mark Allen v Shaun Murphy
23 Ryan Day v Sam Craigie
24 Yan Bingtao v Mark Selby
25 Judd Trump v Zhao Xintong
26 Kyren Wilson v Ricky Walden
27 Winner of Match 21 v Winner of Match 22
28 Winner of Match 23 v Winner of Match 24