BetVictor German Masters: Higgins vs. Allen Set for Thrilling Last 16 Showdown

In a highly anticipated last 16 showdown at the BetVictor German Masters, John Higgins is set to take on Mark Allen. Both players secured third-round victories at the Tempodrom on Wednesday to advance to this stage.

Higgins demonstrated a strong performance, defeating China’s Zhou Yuelong 5-3 with composed breaks of 89 and 97. The Glaswegian, aiming for his first silverware in nearly three years, acknowledged the need to reclaim the mindset that earned him four-time World Champion status.

Speaking about his upcoming opponent, Higgins praised Allen as one of the game’s strongest players, emphasizing the mental and on-table dedication Allen brings to his game. Higgins expressed his intent to give his all and compete at the highest level.

On the other side, Allen secured his spot in the last 16 with a hard-fought 5-2 victory over Joe O’Connor. The match, lasting nearly two hours for the first four frames, saw Allen level the score at 2-2 before taking three consecutive frames for the win.

Having already clinched two trophies this season, Allen faces Higgins with confidence, especially after winning their recent Masters encounter 6-5. The stakes are high, with only Higgins and Allen remaining in contention to prevent Judd Trump from claiming the £150,000 BetVictor Series bonus.

Meanwhile, Trump advanced with a 5-2 defeat of Matthew Selt, showcasing breaks of 66, 97, 118, and 73. The defending champion, Ali Carter, also secured his spot in the last 16 with a 5-2 win over Pang Junxu and is set to face Zak Surety, making his first appearance in the last 16 of a ranking event.

In other matchups, 20-year-old Belgian Julian Leclercq earned a place in the last 16 with a commanding 5-1 victory over former Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown. Leclercq is set to face Ryan Day, who defeated current Welsh Open champion Robert Milkins 5-1.

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