O'Sullivan overcomes Stevens to reach semis

O'Sullivan overcomes Stevens to reach semis
By Eurosport

04/02/2012 at 06:57Updated 04/02/2012 at 07:10

Ronnie O'Sullivan reached the semi-finals of the German Masters as he recovered in style to complete a 5-3 win over Matthew Stevens in Berlin.

Having hit two centuries earlier on Friday to down Joe Perry in a 5-1 win in the second round, O'Sullivan found himself 3-1 behind at the mid-session interval to Stevens with the Welshman running in breaks of 49 and 88 to open up a two-frame advantage.

O'Sullivan refused to get flustered as he displayed the resilience that helped him complete a 5-4 win in the first round over Andrew Higginson having trailed 4-0 in Berlin's Tempodrom.

Knocks of 88, 62, 56 and 54 were more than enough for O'Sullivan with his Stevens - who got the better of Neil Robertson 5-1 earlier in the day - managing to contribute only 52 points in losing the last four frames.

O'Sullivan will face Stephen Lee for a place in the final on Sunday after his fellow Englishman completed a 5-3 win over defending champion Mark Williams.

Lee reached the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time since the Northern Ireland trophy in 2006 courtesy of breaks of 77, 64 and 101 as he won three out of the final four frames after the pair had split the opening four.

Shaun Murphy repeated his recent win over Mark Selby at the Masters as he completed a gritty 5-3 win with the world number one losing in the last eight. It came a year after he lost to Williams in the final.

Murphy moved 4-1 clear with runs of 67, 59, 64 and 85 before winning a scrappy eighth frame after a 73 had aided Selby in closing to 4-3 behind.

Murphy will face Stephen Maguire in the semi-finals after the Scotsman won three straight frames to recover a 4-2 deficit in ousting UK champion Judd Trump 5-4.

In a match of high quality Trump opened with a break of 111 and Maguire hit a century of his own in reply.

Trump was 53 points up in the deciding frame only for Maguire to produce a sublime clearance of 61 to win the match on the black.