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Rampant Ronnie O’Sullivan Joins Judd Trump in European Masters Final

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump will contest the European Masters final after each recording dominant wins on Saturday.

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O’Sullivan has 9 wins overall to Trump’s 8 – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

There had been plenty of excitement ahead of the semi-finals with four of the world’s most marquee competitors in action against each other in Romania.

However, the anticipated close encounters never materialised as the two Englishmen set up what will surely be a showdown of power scoring on Sunday.

If today’s showing from the pair is anything to go by, we’re certainly in for a potential classic.

O’Sullivan knocked in a 118 and four more breaks above 63 in destroying Neil Robertson 6-0.

Trump, meanwhile, lost a couple of frames to world no.1 Mark Selby but still managed to compiled a 135 and five further 50-plus breaks en route to a 6-2 thrashing.

However, while Trump certainly played very well, O’Sullivan’s performance was a masterclass in punishing snooker, barely making an error as he routed the former world champion in a whitewash for the first time.

O’Sullivan and Trump of course have plenty of previous history in finals over the last few years.

In fact, between November 2014 and March 2016, the duo met in four showpiece matches for trophies – with the score tied at two apiece in that period.

The ‘Rocket’ emerged victorious in two thrilling finals at the Champion of Champions and UK Championship in 2014 before Trump got his own back a few months later by triumphing in the World Grand Prix.

Earlier this year, the ‘Ace in the Pack’ also won the Championship League behind closed doors.

In fact, while O’Sullivan marginally holds the better head-to-head record, Trump’s Antwerp Open success over the 40 year-old in 2011 ensures that he indeed boasts the superior stats from their clashes in finals.

As ever, with the format now increased to best of 17 frames on Sunday, the start and whether one of them can build a commanding lead after the conclusion of the opening session may be key.

Both are equally capable of reeling off frames in quick succession so it’s unlikely that the crowd, who have been so enthusiastic all week, will be forced to sit through many safety battles.

Hopefully for their sake it wont be as one-way traffic as the last four encounters today but, either way, the inaugural ranking event in Bucharest will provide a star name as its first champion.

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