Shaun Murphy was setting out to rewrite snooker’s record books today after allowing John Higgins to move within sight of Crucible glory.
Higgins had a lead of 11-5 to take into this afternoon’s third session of the Betfred.com World Championship final, after winning seven out of eight frames last night.
No player has ever come back to win from 11-5 down in a Crucible final, however the overnight scoreline set up the possibility of a rare afternoon finish.
Higgins was left needing another seven frames to clinch the third world title of his career, after previous triumphs in 1998 and 2007.
The Scot made two brilliant breaks of 128 in the 14th and 16th frames, plus a run of 95 in frame 12.
Murphy may take some small consolation from the fact Higgins led 13-3 against Mark Allen in the semi-finals and was pegged back to 15-12 at one stage