Ding Junhui equalled the record for centuries scored by one player in a World Championship match as his sixth ton helped build a 14-10 lead over Alan McManus in an enthralling semi-final.
China’s Ding led his fellow qualifier 6-2 overnight and he hit a fifth century on his way to a 9-3 advantage.
McManus scored two tons of his own in winning five frames to get back to 9-8.
Ding recovered to end the evening session back in control but messed up a 147 chance after potting the 15th red.
The world number 17 missed a tricky black on 113, but had been struggling for position for several shots when his potting finally failed him.
In the afternoon’s semi-final, Hong Kong’s Marco Fu came from 5-3 down to draw level with Mark Selby at 8-8.
But the day’s main drama came during a record-breaking, high-quality encounter between Ding and Scotland’s McManus.
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