Fu fought back from 2-0 down for parity heading into the mid-session interval after almost two hours of play before a superb 142 total clearance gave him the lead for the first time in the match at 4-3.

A second century of 110 put him 5-4 up before the Hong Kong player came from behind to snatch the 10th and reach another ranking event final just after midnight local time in Germany.

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Another Englishman stands between Fu and the title, as Carter overcame Neil Robertson 6-2 in the other semi. The two will decide the 2013 champion on Sunday.

Though Hawkins' 41 break was one short of Fu's opening frame-effort of 42, it was followed up with some deft safety play to create an opening for the steal and 1-0.

The world number 17 doubled his advantage after a near hour-long battle of snookers and counter-snookers which saw Fu miss a simple final brown and gift Hawkins the chance to prevent his opponent returning the fightback favour.

Hawkins was unable to register a single pot in the third frame, however, as three mini-breaks helped Fu pull one back before a 68 break from the Hong Kong potter meant the two were back on level terms at the interval.

Australian Open champion Hawkins re-took the lead with his only half-century of the match, a 58, but the world number 23 Fu again used tight cueing and cautious shot selection to edge his way to 3-3.

And Fu picked the perfect time to step his play up another level as his pinpoint accuracy led to a near-perfect 142 head-to-toe break to finally take the lead for the first time in the semi-final.

Though the lead didn't last long, Fu would regain the advantage with a 110 and after seemingly blowing a chance to avoid a deciding frame, Hawkins allowed the 35-year-old back in to finish the job and move one win away from glory in the first ranking event of 2013.

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