Kyren Wilson lifted the German Masters trophy in Berlin after defeating fellow Englishman David Gilbert 9-7 in the final.
The final itself was a rollercoaster affair. Wilson went 2-0 ahead early in the afternoon session, and despite Gilbert pulling one back, Wilson won the fourth and fifth frame to extend his lead to 4-1. Gilbert took the next two frames to close the gap to 4-3, with the final frame of the afternoon session going to Wilson, who led 5-3.
The world number 17 David Gilbert came out flying in the evening session, winning the first four frames to lead the game 7-5. However, the final four frames all went to eventual champion Kyren Wilson, who won the game 9-7.
According to the BBC, Wilson was humble in victory, saying: “Dave was fantastic after the interval, he came out all guns blazing. I was a bit lucky today but I feel Dave's first title is definitely coming."
Also, according to Live Snooker, Wilson was appreciative of the Berlin crowd, saying: “It’s amazing for me. Every time we come to Germany the fans are amazing, they turn out in their number and make the atmosphere electric.”
For Kyren Wilson it was an impressive route to the final, beating Rory McLeod and Peter Ebdon, before dismantling world number two and last year’s German Masters champion Mark Williams 5-0 in the quarter finals. He then smashed Scotsman Stephen Maguire 6-1 in the semi-finals before facing David Gilbert in the Berlin final.
The world number eight attained his third ranking title with the win and took home the £80,000 prize for winning the competition.
On the other hand, it was a mesmerising journey to the final for Gilbert. After defeating Ben Woollaston 5-2 in the round of 32, he edged out world number one Mark Selby 5-4 in the round of 16. He then beat former world number one Neil Robertson 5-3 to reach the last four of the competition. He next had to defeat massive underdog Duane Jones, who had been defying critics throughout the tournament. Gilbert made easy work of the world number 72, defeating the Welshman 6-1 to reach the final.
The total prize fund for the whole tournament was £400,000, with the biggest share of £80,000 going to winner Kyren Wilson. The highest break of the tournament was a 139 by runner-up David Gilbert, who took home a total of £36,500.
The next trophy up for grabs is the highly anticipated World Grand Prix, that will take place in Cheltenham from the 4th to the 10th of February. This will see the top 32 players in the world going up against each other, and will see Ronnie O’Sullivan trying to defend his title, after beating Ding Junhui 10-3 in the 2018 final.