Judd Trump reached his fifth final of the season and remained on course for a fourth title, beating Barry Hawkins 6-3 at the Cazoo Champion of Champions.
Trump raced into a 5-0 lead and survived a late fight back from Hawkins to set up a final clash on Sunday against Mark Allen or John Higgins.
Trump is one win away from his second Champion of Champions title, and this year’s prize of £150,000.
“I had to stay patient to get over the line,” said Trump. “It got a bit nervy after the interval but it was important to keep my head out there.
“There can be times when it gets tough, but if you have a two or three frame advantage you have to remember you are still the favourite. You forget what has gone before and take each frame one at a time.
“This is an event that suits me – the dress code, the format, everything plays into my hands and I feel relaxed in this event and at home with the format. I feel like it brings out the best in me.”
Sunday will be Trump’s third consecutive Champion of Champions final.
Breaks of 69, 71 and 99 helped world number two Trump take the first five frames tonight. Hawkins recovered to 5-3, before Trump clinched the result in frame nine.
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