The 39-year-old Gould became the biggest dark horse in the current European Masters. After defeating the world No. 1 Trump 6-3 in the semi-finals, he reached the final and will compete with Selby. The champion of the competition also competed for a prize of 80,000 pounds. The European Masters is the first major ranking tournament this season and will produce the first championship of the new season.
Not long ago, Gould, who had just passed his 39th birthday, opened the game all the way, eliminating Higgins 5-4 in the first round, defeating Burns 5-1 in the second round, and beating Clark 5-2 in the third round. In the fourth round, he defeated De Fulin 5-3, the quarter-final 5-4 lore Yan Bingtao, and the semi-final 6-3 defeated world No. 1 Trump. Gould also performed well before the World Championships, and there seems to be some signs of recovery.
Selby performed equally well. Although they received the retirements of Jr. White and Mark Davis in the first and third rounds, they defeated Ding Junhui 5-1 in the quarter-finals and defeated Murphy 6-3 in the semifinals. Proved his excellent game ability and excellent state.
Since 2010, the two have played against each other 17 times, with Selby winning 8 and Gould 9 winning. In the long game system, Selby won 9-3 in the semifinals of the 2017 National Championships. The two most recent matches were in the 2018 Champions League and the 2019 Champions League. Both Selby won 3-0.
At the 2016 German Masters, Gould won his first ranking championship in his career. At the time, his opponent in the final was Brecher. He also beat Trump in that game.
Gould said after the game that it’s hard to imagine that he has such a performance. Six or eight weeks ago, he was on the verge of retirement, and now he has reached the final of the European Masters. The 39-year-old veteran said: "They always say that after a long trip, you really see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have already begun to understand. Since the World Championships in Cruzeiro, I practiced for two days. Most I spend my time on the golf course. That’s what makes me happy. I just enjoy my life. I think that’s why I can do well."
The veteran also said: "You will never win easily in the final. I will go to the game with the same attitude as tonight. I will enjoy it and see what happens. Just let the flow go."