Apr 25 2010
Ronnie O'Sullivan set up a nine-frame shoot-out with Mark Williams to decide the battle of the former champions at the Crucible.
Williams let an 8-6 lead slip away as a fast-paced match reached an 8-8 deadlock at the end of the second session.
With five more needed for victory, the conclusion should be thrilling, particularly if the impressive break-building from both players continues on Monday.
The match has not seen a century yet, however on Sunday night three-time former winner O'Sullivan fired in 86, 66 and 72 while Williams, champion in 2000 and 2003, responded with 54, 99, 48, 44 and 43.
Stephen Hendry had earlier missed a big chance to develop a lead against Mark Selby and had to settle for 4-4 after the first session of their clash.
Masters champion Selby predicted the match would be like a home fixture for Hendry, the seven-times Crucible winner.
And Hendry, the 41-year-old Scot, will rue the fact he did not lead after the session, having looked certain to go 5-2 ahead with one to play.
The opening two frames were shared, with Selby rattling in breaks of 52 and 71 and Hendry showing his old prowess by responding with 96 and 121.
But the match then looked to be tilting in Hendry's favour, as he attempted to join his fellow Crucible legend Steve Davis in the last eight.
He moved 4-2 in front with breaks of 52 and 43, and then developed a 75-0 lead in the next frame after firing in a 24 and a 51.