John Higgins and Mark Selby all level at first break
Defending world champion Mark Selby and four-time Crucible winner John Higgins were locked at 2-2 going into the first mid-session interval of the World Championship final.
Higgins ended the session with a 141 clearance to draw back level just as Selby had moved 2-1 ahead.
Higgins started the first frame well but Selby took his chance after his opponent's break of 34, notching in a 76 to get underway.
In the second Higgins was in control from the start as Selby struggled with a safety despite a massive fluke on a red.
Higgins twice missed opportunities in the third but they were only chances to stay in the frame, with Selby already leading the way following a break of 62.
The first ton of the match drew Higgins back into the match with nothing to separate the pair.