The decision was taken by senior referee Jan Verhaas at the German Masters to recognise the growing influence and strong performances from the host country’s officials this season at their flagship home tournament in Berlin. An all-German line-up therefore took to the floor for Friday night’s quarter-finals at the Tempodrom, featuring Ingo Schmidt, Thorsten Mueller, Theo Selbertinger and Maike Kesseler. Mueller had to work hardest for his money, with the Rod Lawler match against Mark Davis finishing at around 12.15am.