German Masters: Zhao Xintong wins to set up all-Chinese final against Yan Bingtao

Zhao Xintong will face compatriot Yan Bingtao in the German Masters final after seeing off Ricky Walden in the semi-finals.

Zhao Xintong booked his place in the German Masters final on Saturday afternoon, winning the last five frames against Ricky Walden.

Xintong surprisingly eased his way to the semi-final after beating world No.2 Judd Trump in the previous round, but the 24-year-old found himself down early on.

Walden claimed a 3-1 lead before the interval of Saturday's match-up at the Tempodrom.

However, Xintong clinched the fifth frame 63-60, which turned out to be the catalyst for a comeback.

Shortly after, Xintong followed it up with two half-century breaks and a clearance of 100 in the ninth frame to secure a 6-3 victory.

Now in the final, Xintong will face his compatriot Yan Bingtao, who also enjoyed a dramatic finish to his semi-final.

Bingtao also fell behind early in his match, as opponent Mark Allen took a 2-1 lead.

But, the 2021 Masters champion made clearances of 116 and 53 as he built up a 4-2 lead.

Allen managed to reduce the deficit with a century, but Bingtao took the eighth frame to move himself closer to victory.

Allen again clawed his way back into contention, and both made mistakes during a tense finale, but world No.15 Bingtao eventually claimed a 6-4 win.

The all-Chinese final will be played over two sessions on Sunday, January 30.

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