Cue Action – Carter on Form – By Will Vallely

Ali Carter claimed his third ranking title at the German masters in Berlin. He defeated Hong Kong’s Marco Fu in the final 9-6.

Marco Fu held a comfortable 5-3 lead after the afternoon session; however it was during the evening session where Carter made his mark on the match.

He came out and made consecutive centuries with a 116 followed up by a 121 break. The captain then took the next frame, by this point it had been 86 minutes since Marco Fu last potted a ball.

He then went on and won three of the next four frames to claim the title.

After the win he said: “We were both keen to put on a good show for the crowd, and I’m delighted to come out the winner at the end of the week.”

He went on to say: “Things have turned around for me massively. I just give it my all; it is very satisfying to come out the winner here. It is nice to be in the final again. The crowd have been great this week. Hopefully, I can come back next year and win it.”

By winning the event Cartee has secured his place as the world number 11 and takes home the €60,000 prize.

He will be hoping that this win can spur him on to get back to the top of the game. He is a former world number two and two time runner up at the World Championship. He has achieved all this despite a constant battle with Crohn’s disease.

His appearance at the event was also put into doubt, but not due to his health. Ali’s cue was lost in transit just before the competition. The cue turned up just an hour before his opening match.

The weeks play in Berlin has proven that taking snooker around the world can be very successful.

There were good crowds all week and over 2000 in appearance to see Carter take the crown. Some players have said that they believe the Tempodrom where the tournament is held is the best venue on the circuit.

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