Kyren Wilson bids to reach his second German Masters final when he faces Si Jiahui in the last four on Saturday.
The Warrior, who lifted this trophy five years ago, is two wins away from becoming the fourth multiple winner of the event since it was introduced to the calendar in 2011.
After a fairly low-key season by his standards, Wilson has enjoyed a timely upturn in fortunes at the Tempodrom in Berlin. Indeed, this is his best performance of the campaign.
The world number 10 dropped just two frames during his victories over Ben Woollaston and David Lilley, before winning five of the last six frames from 2-0 down against Neil Robertson.
He then enjoyed a comprehensive 5-0 whitewash of Fan Zhengyi to book his place in a 25th ranking semi-final.
By contrast, this is only his opponent’s second venture to the last four of a ranking event – his other being that remarkable debut run at the Crucible just under a year ago.
Wilson won the first four meetings between the players, though Si prevailed in their most recent clash at the Shoot Out in December – coming through after an epic blue-ball shootout.
That run to the quarter-finals in Swansea represented the world number 29’s best performance of the season prior to this week.
Like Wilson, the 21-year-old dropped just two frames in his opening two matches against Mark Joyce and Alfie Davies, before battling past compatriot Yuan SiJun 5-3.
Si then reeled off five successive frames from losing the opener in his commanding quarter-final victory over Ryan Day, and he now looks to break new ground in the German capital.
Although, history suggests it will not be easy on German soil, where Wilson has won three of his five ranking titles.
Play gets under way at 1pm GMT on Saturday and will be contested over the best of 11 frames at the Tempodrom in Berlin.
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