Barry Hawkins says he has got a “mountain to climb” on Sunday as he prepares to face Neil Robertson in the Masters final after a thrilling victory over tournament favourite Judd Trump on Saturday (Match result – Robertson 2/5, Hawkins 2/1).

Hawkins last reached the Masters final in 2016, when he also beat Trump in the final four, but on that occasion he lost 10-1 in the final to a dominant Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The Englishman will hope to go one better this time around after a gutsy display on Saturday.

He needed a final frame victory to win 6-5, and the 42-year-old says it was one of the highlights of his career to win in front of a packed crowd at Alexandra Palace.

He told World Snooker: “I’ve had a few big wins in the past, but that is definitely the biggest win in terms of playing in front of that many people, the prestige of the event and playing against Judd.

“I’ve got a mountain to climb against Neil tomorrow. He is an unbelievable player, and you don’t fancy him to miss a ball with that cue action of his. I have to block all of that out, forget who I’m playing and concentrate on what I’m doing. I will enjoy every moment of it and try my best.”

Australian Robertson qualified for the final after fighting back from 4-1 down on Saturday against Mark Williams.

The Welshman looked in complete control, but Robertson made breaks of 83, 95 and 119 to win four of the next five frames. Two snookers in the final frame helped him win 6-5, and it is the first time both semi-finals have come down to a decider since 2002.

Robertson (2/5 – to have the highest break) beat O’Sullivan earlier in the tournament, and he is chasing his second Masters title, having lifted the trophy in 2012.

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