Robertson and Murphy to make Masters final debuts after seeing off Trump and Higgins
Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy will battle for the BCG Masters title on Sunday after both reaching the final for the first time.
Robertson held off a fightback from rising star Judd Trump to prevail 6-3 in Saturday's first semi-final.
And he was joined in tomorrow's showpiece by Murphy, who produced a fine display of scoring to beat John Higgins 6-4.
Final hurdle: Neil Robertson beat Judd Trump to reach the Masters final
Opposition: Shaun Murphy lies in wait, after defeating John Higgins
Murphy took the first frame with a break of 86 and a superb opening red put him in among the balls in the second, which he duly wrapped up before coming from 62 behind to take the third with a 70.
Higgins needed to get himself on the board in the final frame before the interval and did well to pick out a long red to get him started, but was unlucky to go in off after potting a green.
There were no excuses for a missed black off its spot at his next visit, but he finally got over the line after snookering Murphy and taking full advantage.
He took the fifth as well but Murphy responded with a break of 122 to move 4-2 ahead.
Huge: Murphy said the chance to win the trophy was massive
Higgins was in first with 20 in frame seven but then missed a black off its spot. Murphy could only make eight, though, and the Scot took the frame at the second time of asking.
Another wretched missed black from Higgins allowed Murphy to the table in frame eight, and he took full advantage with a run of exactly 100 to move 5-3 ahead.
Higgins kept himself in the match by winning the next frame with a 72 but Murphy took a step towards victory with a 55 break in the next. A wobble with the winning line in sight allowed Higgins to come back into the frame with a 48, but he missed a difficult pink and a relieved Murphy claimed his place in the final.
He told BBC2: 'Having had such a bad record in this tournament, to finally get to the final is great.
'I would have been devastated to have to watch it on telly so to know I'm there tomorrow with a chance of winning the trophy is massive. You can buy things in life but you can't buy your name on those trophies.'
Earlier, Robertson was the more clinical in a scrappy match with Trump, making a strong start and moving 2-0 up with a century clearance.
A break of 76 helped Trump get off the mark in frame three but Robertson regained his two-frame advantage in the next. A break of 89, with his opponent once again scoreless, meant Robertson went into the break with a 3-1 lead.
Robertson just edged home in the next to lead 4-1 and even presented his opponent with chances in the sixth before taking it to stand on the verge of the seventh tournament final of his career.
Disappointed: Robertson said he was unhappy that some crowd members cheered when Judd Trump fluked a few shots
Trump belatedly fought back to win two frames in a row but was again the architect of his own downfall in the ninth frame when he missed a blue into the middle.
Robertson needed two visits from that point but was able to clinch the frame to win the match 6-3.
Robertson had been upset by cheers from the audience when Trump fluked shots but claimed it helped him to secure the victory.
'If anything it made me play better,' Robertson told BBC1.
'It's disappointing because Judd is a fantastic lad and he is nothing like those guys.'
Robertson admitted he was surprised Trump kept going for his shots rather than adapting his style of play.
'It was interesting because he kept going for it and going for it. I thought I played really good matchplay snooker and thankfully he missed a couple today.'
He will put his unbeaten record in finals on the line against Murphy, who noted: 'He's been in so many finals and not lost one yet. That's going to end at some stage, and maybe that's tomorrow.'