German Masters snooker: Veteran duo Graeme Dott and Mark Williams to meet in final

Scotland's Graeme Dott reached his first ranking event final in eight years with a 6-4 win over Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals of the German Masters - and he'll now meet a resurgent Mark Williams on Sunday.

In a high-quality contest featuring 11 breaks over 50, Murphy edged 4-3 ahead with the aid of runs of 98, 96, 55 and 69.

However, Dott was not to be denied a first showpiece appearance since losing the World Championship final in 2010 to Neil Robertson and hit back with breaks of 74, 66 and 121 to set up a clash with fellow former world champion Williams.

World number 28 Dott is targeting only his third ranking title having won the World Championship in 2006 and the China Open the following year.

Prior to this week, Dott had not gone beyond the last 16 of a ranking event this season and he'll go into Sunday's final as Sky Bet's 7/4 underdog.

Williams, the 2/5 favourite, thrashed Judd Trump 6-1 in the second semi-final, with Trump managing a top break of just 19 in the first three frames.

A break of 51 gave Trump a glimmer of hope going into the mid-session interval, but the veteran Welshman - who made a break of 109 in the second frame - took the next three frames for a comprehensive victory.

Williams has already had his best season in many years, having won the Northern Ireland Open – his first ranking title since 2011 – as well as the Six Red World Championship.

Now the 42-year-old is eyeing his 20th career ranking title when he takes on Dott, who is two years his junior. They have never met in a ranking final and on Sunday there's a top prize of £80,000 on the line.

Williams is also hoping to land the German Masters for the second time, having captured the crown in 2011, the first time it was held at the Tempodrom.

“I didn’t play too well but Judd looked nervous from the start, maybe he expected to steam-roller me,” said Williams after reaching his 32nd ranking final.

“I managed to keep things tight and get on top, I knew he would go for crazy balls. He seemed to give up towards the end. There were a couple of scrappy frames that could have gone either way. My safety was good.

“I can’t believe I’m in another final. I’ll keep riding the wave until it comes crashing down.”

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