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Ding rallies to make Selby sweat

By Graham Luney

China's Ding Junhui fought back against Mark Selby last night to inject fresh excitement into the World Championship final.

World number one Selby punished qualifier Ding by opening up a commanding 6-0 lead but he failed to press home his advantage and, with two more sessions planned today, the 32-year-old leads 10-7.

Selby, the 2014 winner, has not played his best in the tournament, but was commanding early on and went 6-0 ahead including breaks of 120, 91 and 76.

Ding closed the gap to 7-5 but Leicester man Selby had a three frame lead at 8-5 only for the fightback to continue.

One marathon frame lasted one hour, six minutes and it took 22 minutes to pot one ball. Ding rolled in a pink to make it 8-7.

Antrim's Mark Allen commented: "I normally don't like the long drawn out frames but that was awesome snooker."

Six time world champion Steve Davis added: "It's very draining on both players, if you can avoid that style of play it's in your interest these days as the World Championship is a marathon."

Selby recovered from that blow to rattle through the balls and make it 9-7 and then won the last after a long battle on the green.

The best-of-35 final resumes at 7pm tonight.

Belfast Telegraph

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