Judd Trump will only have to win four matches to claim a record third straight German Masters title after being given a bye into the last 16.
Trump is top seed in the chase for the £80,000 top prize following a 9-6 win over Neil Robertson in Berlin in 2020 and a 9-2 drubbing of Jack Lisowski behind closed doors in Milton Keynes last year.
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He was supposed to face world number 75 Gao Yang in the first round on Wednesday at the Tempodrom in Berlin, but the 17-year-old Chinese player – who defeated Stephen Hendry 5-2 in qualifying – has withdrawn from the season’s ninth ranking event.
Trump could face Zhou Yuelong or Anthony McGill in the last 16. The world number two qualified for the tournament with a 5-1 victory against Tian Pengfei and a 5-3 win over Anthony Hamilton respectively in October.

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Second seed Mark Selby opens his campaign in the German capital against Barry Pinches while Masters champion Neil Robertson faces Ricky Walden in the last 32.

German Masters 2022 schedule

  • January 26 and 27 – Last 32
  • January 28 – Last 16
  • January 29 – Quarter-finals
  • January 30 – Semi-finals
  • January 31 – Final

Prize Money

  • Winner: £80,000
  • Runner-up: £35,000
  • Semi-final: £20,000
  • Quarter-final: £10,000
  • Last 16: £5,000
  • Last 32: £4,000
  • Last 64: £3,000
  • Highest break: £5,000

German Masters draw

  • Judd Trump (ENG) (1) v Gao Yang (CHN)
  • Anthony McGill (SCO) (16) v Zhou Yuelong (CHN) (17)
  • Tom Ford (ENG) (24) v Stephen Maguire (SCO) (9)
  • Zhao Xintong (CHN) (25) v Mark Williams (WAL) (8)
  • Kyren Wilson (ENG) (5) v Jimmy Robertson (ENG)
  • Michael Georgiou (CYP) v Craig Steadman (ENG)
  • Zhang Anda (CHN) v Luca Brecel (BEL)
  • Ricky Walden (ENG) (29) v Neil Robertson (AUS) (4)
  • Andrew Higginson (ENG) v Liang Wenbo (CHN) (30)
  • Liam Highfield (ENG) v Fan Zhengyi (CHN)
  • Lyu Haotian (CHN) v Mark Allen (NIR) (11)
  • Kurt Maflin (NOR) (27) v Shaun Murphy (ENG) (6)
  • Noppon Saengkham (THA) v Ryan Day (WAL) (26)
  • Sam Craigie (ENG) v Ken Doherty (IRL)
  • David Gilbert (ENG) (18) v Yan Bingtao (CHN) (15)
  • Barry Pinches (ENG) v Mark Selby (ENG) (2)
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