Luca Brecel takes a 15-10 lead over Mark Selby into the final session of the World Snooker Championship final, after a superb display of scoring on Monday afternoon.
The Belgian began the third session at 9-8 ahead, but it was Selby who was feeling better overnight after winning the last three frames on Sunday, including making a 147 along the way.
The first-time finalist was clearly unfazed, though, and knocked in a string of big breaks to reopen a three-frame lead and go within three of the title.
Having not made a century in the first 17 frames, Brecel made four in the next eight, with efforts of 141, 119, 113 and 101.
Selby was not at the brilliant best he showed on Sunday evening and, while he remains in the match, it will take a monumental effort on Monday night and will need Brecel to stumble as he approaches the finishing line.
Brecel shook off any disappointment from Sunday night immediately, looking superb from the off on Monday afternoon.
He knocked in a 113 in the first frame of the day and had made two more centuries within an hour, knocking in a 101 and a 141 to head into the mid-session interval 13-8 ahead.
Selby hadn’t done a huge amount wrong, but the Belgian Bullet was on fire, looking unstoppable at that stage and the Jester will have been glad to see the interval come.
Selby certainly proved to be thankful for the interval, returning from the pause in play to win the next two frames, although they were very different from the four Brecel had just claimed.
The Jester made a half-century in both, but couldn’t claim the frames with one visit, with them both dragging on a bit longer than he would hope, but he got them over the line nonetheless and was back in reach at 13-10 down.
The Belgian Bullet was back in the balls in the 24th, though, seemingly unflustered by the lengthier frames he had just lost.
The 28-year-old knocked in a superb break of 119, his fourth ton of the session, before returning to his chair with the blank, focused expression he had been sporting all day.
Selby really needed to win the final frame of the afternoon and had the first good chance to do so, but broke down with 40 points on the board. Brecel needed more than one bite of the cherry himself, but a very tricky break of 40 to the pink was enough for him to take a huge 15-10 lead in the race to 18.
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